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‘Stay & Play’

Thanks to all who took part in our most recent Stay & Play, ‘A Book at Breakfast’, which was a great success. Here are some photographs. The following resources may also be of interest:

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The aim of Stay & Play sessions is for families to participate in children’s activities, with practitioners support to enable parent / carers to gain understanding of a variety of learning opportunities through activities, resources and experiences.

Each session will have a limited number of places available and will be open for younger siblings to attend, under parental supervision, but with practitioner support.

Process of Learning

The aim of these ‘Stay and Play’ opportunities is to demonstrate how adults can encourage learning through children’s engagement in play and exploration and through provision of experiences to facilitate active learning and nurture children’s creativity and critical thinking.

The ‘Stay and Play’ activities offers an opportunity for families to become involved in their child’s play at their Pre-School, with the Barna-Bus providing learning opportunities through stimulating, fun and flexible play activities.

For the youngest members of the Barna-Bus, those between 2 and 3 years old, the focus will be on supporting the prime areas of development, with a focus on language, confidence, social skills and physical development within activities.  For the older children, or those who are confident in the prime areas of development, the activities will provide opportunities to build on children’s understanding of specific areas of mathematics, literacy, expressive arts and design and their views of the world around them.

The Barna-Bus Pre-School values parent and carers’ in-depth knowledge of their children and welcome their involvement and ideas within the Pre-School. The inclusion of their families in special activity sessions may offer children extra and additional opportunities to become further absorbed in their play and learning experiences, building confidence and motivation to be creative and think critically in thoughts and ideas. At the same time children may benefit from positive strong relationships between pre-school and their families, through the value shown to them by their significant adults’ involvement.