Here at Pippins, one of our main aims is to help children become independent. We focus on all the skills that children will need when they go into Reception.

We ensure that children are independent in going to the toilet, independent in coming into Pippins and putting their bags and coats on hooks, independent in choosing things to play with, independent in talking to adults and their friends, independent in getting undressed and dressed again, independent in putting their coats on when they go outside and independent in deciding whether it is cold enough to put their coat on or do they need to put wellies on and a waterproof coat.

We have a special way in which our children learn to put their coats on, this makes them independent and helps them feel proud of something they can do on their own. See if your child can learn this way.
1: Lay your coat on the floor and stand behind the hood/collar.
2: Put your arms in the arm holes.
3: Swing your coat up and over your head.
4: Once your coat is on have a go at doing your zip/buttons up. If you can`t do it then ask an adult.
Most of our children can do their coat themselves although sometimes we get the coat upside down and have to take it off and start all over again.

Pippins and Robins

Every Tuesday & Thursday afternoons, Robins & Pippins get together for multi-skills and an opportunity to extend their communication skills. Children are encouraged to think about how they play and talk to each other. The aim of the afternoon is to encourage children to „look‟ at who they are talking to, „listen‟ to the person who is talking, to „think‟ about what they are saying or asking and to show they ‟care‟ for the person by looking, listening, thinking and sharing the activities and equipment.