Apple Tree provides your child with everything they could possibly need to develop, learn and have fun! Here are a few examples of what the children can enjoy whilst in our care:
Apple Tree is situated in a lovely, bright, airy room adjoining Sidmouth C of E Primary School (Manstone Avenue site). We have a large carpeted area for children who like to play on the floor and an area for messy play with appropriately sized tables and chairs. There is a special quiet area with two lovely sofas. This area also encompasses our rich supply of good quality books.
We have a range of kitchen cupboards in our room with a lowered sink for the children to use. There is always a supply of fresh drinking water and the children are encouraged to help themselves whenever they are thirsty.
The children have a home corner which is fully equipped with a cooker, fridge/freezer, sink, washing machine and microwave. There is also a shop alongside with tills, scales, shopping baskets, trolley and a market stall complete with fruit and vegetables.
The children use the toilets in the main school which are modern and small, together with wash hand basins. Children are always escorted to the toilets by an adult.
We have security gates with an intercom at the entrance to the pre-school and there is a security pad on the interior door that leads into the main school.
Our room opens onto our outside play area which has a canopy to protect children from the rain and the hot summer sun. We also have parasols for this purpose. Some of the outside area has been decked with a built in covered sand pit. New fencing with a water play activity, two apple tree chalk boards. We are looking at adding some planters, for the children to be encouraged to grow their own vegetables and look after them until the time of picking, when they cook them and eat them. They then keep the seeds for planting next season.
Playground and Field
We have use of the school's large playground every session and here we use our modern range of bikes and scooters; again this has a security gate. We also use the field attached to the school where there is a range of climbing apparatus, slides and an amazing timber pirate ship.