A Day at Torphins Playgroup Preschool
A day at Playgroup is a happy day! Your children will have the run of the indoor and outdoor spaces, where they can explore, learn, and develop through play.
The day begins with a welcome song that includes each child in turn, then the play really begins – we only stop for snacks and lunch.
At Torphins Playgroup Pre-School, we aim to be flexible and responsive to our children’s needs. We recognise how important it is for children to be given time to play and follow their own line of enquiry or individual interest. Through play, children can learn to answer their own questions, practice and learn new skills and learn to work collaboratively with other children or adults. When playing, children try out ideas and come to a better understanding of thoughts and concepts. Play also helps children cope with reality through using their imagination.
Learning through play outdoors.
Free play, exploring, learning about the world around us – your children will have the run of our extensive garden where they can dig, build, run, jump, ride, hide, and seek, learning new skills and enjoying themselves every step of the way.
Arts and crafts, building and constructing, your child will always have access to the creative resources, and if there’s something that they want to explore further there will always be someone from the friendly, experienced team there to help them get it out and get it going!
Indoors and outdoors, there is always something for the children to get their hands into and explore. Fill a bucket, stretch out the spaghetti, sift the sand, messy play involves all their senses and supports their progress in many different ways. Messy play can improve their fine motor skills, encourage them to be creative, develop their coordination, hone their social skills and help build their confidence. When it’s time for messy play, the kids dive right in!
At Torphins Playgroup Preschool, there is always a role play area on the go – sometimes it’s the home corner, sometimes a shop or a garage, sometimes a bus or a fire station, it’s even been an airport! Whatever it is, our children know that when the doors open at the start of the day, it’s time to get lost in the play.
Playgroup has a massive collection of things for your children to enjoy, from loose parts to traditional toys, dinosaurs to dolls, cars to jigsaws, magnets, magnifying glasses, and binoculars. Almost anything your child could think of, all under one roof! Children are free to play with the resources as they wish, finding new and interesting games to play by themselves and with their friends as they grow and develop.
The Book Corner
Torphins Playgroup Preschool has a large and varied collection of books appropriate to the ages, interests and reading stages of the children who attend. This includes story books, sensory books, and factual books on most topics imaginable.
In addition, when possible, we have regular visits from the Aberdeenshire Library Bus, enabling children to borrow books if they have an Aberdeenshire Library Card