Opening Times

The Early Years is open for 48 weeks a year.

Full time education at Brookes begins in our Reception Class.

The Day

Pre-care for Early Years children starts at 8:00 a.m. At 8:45 a.m. the children are officially registered and then the Montessori ‘work cycle’ begins. The children are encouraged to take part in short carpet sessions where books are read and discussed or acted out and counting songs, rhymes and Maths activities are presented.

The children are then free to choose from the shelves any activity they have been presented, the practitioners work individually with the children, either on planned activities to support their learning or following the child’s natural path to develop their understanding further in a certain area. At 11:45 the work cycle ends and the children have lunch, followed by playtime outside on the field or on the playground with bikes and scooters. In the afternoon the children take part in all the extra activities we have on offer. The school day officially ends at 4:00 p.m. whereupon those not going home can stay in aftercare until 5:30 p.m.