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    First year

    1. How do you know if you have a good children’s centre?
    2. Why do pre-school children need a good, stimulating environment?
    3. Planning to have a good children’s centre
    4. Toys and play areas you need in a children’s centre
    5. Collecting and storing waste for art and play activities
    6. Helping children to behave well
    7. Planning and preparing play activities
    8. The daily programme
    9. Beginning the morning
    10. The early morning routine
    11. The "whats", "whys" and "hows" of art activities
    12. Tidy-up times
    13. Music in a children’s centre
    14. Toilet routines
    15. Meal times
    16. Outdoor free play
    17. Indoor free play
    18. Story time and the library
    19. Saying goodbye for the day
    20. Pre-skills
    21. Making charts and posters
    22. Registering children and children’s files
    23. The daily register
    24. A list of your basic furniture, art, waste and administrative needs for your children’s centre and play areas.
    25. Teaching skills taught in the first year
    26. Skills, concepts and knowledge the theme programme teaches to children

    Theme programme

    A week-by-week guide to activities in your school.

    Term 1:

    • Toys
    • Me
    • Caring for myself
    • My body
    • My pets
    • The beach and fish
    • Summer
    • Colour 1
    • Colour 2
    • Chickens
    • Easter

    Term 2:

    • Trees and autumn
    • My culture (week 1)
    • My culture (week 2)
    • Eyes and seeing
    • Ears and hearing
    • Smelling and tasting
    • Touch and feeling
    • Round shapes
    • Shapes
    • Transport

    Term 3:

    • Winter and fire
    • I’m sick
    • Earth
    • Things that fly
    • Space
    • Rain and water
    • Mammals
    • Reptiles
    • Frogs and toads
    • Spring 

    Term 4:

    • Insects 1
    • Insects 2
    • Spiders and scorpions
    • Slugs and snails
    • Birds
    • The farm
    • Cows and Milk
    • Babies
    • Christmas 1
    • Christmas 2

    In addition...

    The teachers attend an induction course, observe at a good pre-school and must attend 4 workshops in their first year which help them to implement each term's programme.