Overton Preschool Playgroup is unique in that it offers two different settings for the children, each providing different experiences and opportunities but very much working as one. All children are welcome to attend the Playgroup based at the Community Centre, and children in the Preschool year can have some (or all, space permitting) of their sessions at the Preschool based at Overton Primary School.
Everything about the environment throughout both settings is designed to encourage children to play and explore, create and think critically, and to be active learners.
Playgroup setting at the Community Centre
The Playgroup is within the Community Centre, right in the centre of the village next to the Library. There is a large room, subdivided into different areas for a range of activities, and an extensive outside space, with the children able to move between as they choose throughout the day.
The indoor space includes a home corner, a reading corner used for carpet time and throughout the day, drawing and painting areas, and multiple other islands throughout filled with rotating activities to keep the children engaged and constantly learning something new.
The outdoor space includes a permanent sandpit, climbing tower with slide and other play equipment, lots of vehicles, a new mud kitchen undercover and a very popular fire engine. This is used all year round with children dressed appropriately for the weather.
Preschool setting at Overton C of E Primary School
The Preschool settings sits within the village Primary School, next to the Year R classrooms, which supports a smooth transition from Preschool to school when the time comes.
There is an indoor classroom and also a secure fenced outdoor space next to the external space used by the Year R children.
Within the classroom there is a home corner and shop, a reading corner, drawing and painting areas, and multiple other islands throughout filled with rotating activities to keep the children engaged and constantly learning something new.
The outside space includes a sandpit, a covered area with an outdoor kitchen, space to grow plants, and water play. The grounds of the school are used regularly, from practising riding scooters and bikes on the playground, to exploring the woods, and developing physical skills on the trim trail. The children are outside throughout the year, dressed appropriately for the weather.