All posts by Rachel Bargewell

Den Building

The children enjoyed time in the woods this week.  A small group engaged in den building; lots of lovely collaborative play, giving opportunities to express themselves effectively and taking into account one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity.

It was great to see good communication skills and friendships developing.

Enabling environments

When children feel emotionally safe and secure they are able to explore and find out about the place they are in and the things they can see, touch, manoeuvre or manipulate. (Early Years Matters)

While the children spend their time at Pre-school we are privileged to be part of and capture special moments which we link to their development and provide further learning opportunities.  This photo is a good example of just one those special moments and wanted to share! Children learn better when they feel happy, safe and secure.

Minibeast hunters

During our woodland morning today the children were minibeast hunters! They learned about the creatures habitats. Shaded by the trees the area is ideal for finding worms, slugs and snails. The explorers were fascinated by the creatures, being able to get up close to view them and handling them –  with care.

A fond farewell to Pip!

On Friday we said a fond farewell to Pip! The committee, parents, children and staff gathered to give gifts and well wishes. It was an emotional day which just shows how much she will be missed and are grateful for all Pip has achieved since joining Debenham Roundabout Pre-school. We wish her every success in her new chapter.



We are absolutely delighted and thrilled to tell you all that Jane and Anna both graduated (achieving excellent results!) from the University of Suffolk, they have both now gained their level 5 qualification, a Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice.
They have both worked so hard to complete their studies whilst continuing to work at pre-school and balancing busy home lives.  We hope you will join in with us to wish them many congratulations, we are all really proud of them and their accomplishments.

Makaton signs this week

This week we have been singing and signing “Down in the Jungle” It’s lovely to see the children joining in with the actions. We still continue to use signs with songs from the previous weeks and the children are picking it up very well 🙂

Please click below for words and actions