**** Due to Covid-19, our outings had to stop, although we continued to open on a Thursday afternoon, providing the children with alternative activities, such as playing a variety of board games, utilising our large physical equipment and fun phonics games. Depending on Government Guidance, these outing sessions may have to change in 2021, meaning that we have to go out in smaller groups and not incorporate the bus and train journeys or visits to school, for the safety of the children. However, we will endeavour to continue to provide opprtunities for the children to get to know and be involved in their local community.*** (August 2020)
During your child's last two terms with us (Summer and Spring terms before starting school), they will be invited to join our afternoon outings, which usually take place on a Thursday afternoon during term time. Most children attend all day on a Thursday, bringing a packed lunch with them, which we sit and eat together before going out.
Initially our visits tend to be short, local ones to the Church, Post box and local sensory garden, but we gradually increase them to include the beach, lots of local parks, the shops and bus and train journeys to Brighton, Shoreham, Southwick and Worthing.
These outings provide us with the valuable opportunity to observe the children outside the setting and engage the children with their local community. Many children may not have travelled on a bus or train before and these experiences will widen each child's understanding of the world and community in which they live.
Previously, visits have included Shoreham Lifeboat Station, Brighton Railway Station, Worthing Museum, Splashpoint Park, Marlipins Museum, local shops and libraries, the vet, Wot a Mess, helping Keep Lancing Lovely with a litter pick at the beach and most importantly, we try and take the children to visit Seaside Primary School several times, so that the children become familiar with the Reception classrooms and play areas before starting school.
Even if your child is not planning to attend Seaside Primary, it is still good for them to experience a school environment, which is why we encourage all our older children to attend these sessions, if possible.
We spend some Thursday afternoons at the hall and may have visitors in such as Boogie Beat, or use the afternoon to provide specific school readiness activities, focusing on phonics, maths and physical skills. Our summer Sports Day afternoon is usually a big hit too, with a variety of team games and races, including the egg and spoon, relay races, dressing up races and tray carrying races! The staff and children get very competitive over which team will win!