Jackie Sinclair & Natasha Gandy
Welcome To The Purple Explorers
In Purple Explorers, we are active learners. We learn about being sociable, being communicative and being independent through our carefully planned activities and key group times. The Purple Explorer Room can take up to 27 children aged 2-3 years old at any one time.
We have clearly identifiable zones that are under continuous provision and based around our children’s interests. The zones go alongside the planning and therefore often change with changes to planning to meet the children’s needs. Our daily, planned activities comprise a mixture of child-led and adult-led activities, whereby our Key People and Room Managers plan activities based on our children’s current interests, and then the children can decide how these activities continue.
Our main focuses are our children’s primary areas of personal, social and emotional development, communication, language and literacy and physical development. We encourage our children to be independent by washing hands, getting coats on, eating unaided, socialising and making relationships.
We have three qualified Key People who take their children out every day in small groups to do various activities based on their children’s individual needs, we find this benefits our children in many ways and allows for strong bonds to be formed.
In Purple Explorers, you will be offered two parents evenings per year to discuss your children’s development and progress, settling in the room and how they are making relationships with other children and staff. After Easter, we have various sessions for our Purple Explorer’s who are due to go to Pre-School in September to go over with their Key Person to prepare them for life as a Pre-Schooler. Transition meetings and Open Days are also offered to the parents to encourage active involvement in the transition from Purple Explorers to Pre-School.
Meet The Team
Jackie Sinclair - Joint Room Manager & Fire Marshal
Jackie is the joint Purple Explorer Room Manager. You can find Jackie from Monday to Friday all year round. Jackie is Level 3 Qualified and has been with us since February 2002. Jackie is also our designated Fire Marshal and loves being with the children, enjoys family time, planning her wedding and Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
Natasha Gandy - Joint Room Manager & Key Person
Tash is the joint Purple Explorer Room Manager and the Key Person of the Orange and Yellow Groups. You can find Tash from Monday to Friday in Term Time. Tash is Level 3 Qualified and is currently studying for her degree in Childhood and Youth Studies. Tash has been with us since September 2013. Tash loves dancing with the children, enjoys her group times, binge watching TV and Art.
Emma Law - Key Person
Emma is the Key Person of the Pink Group. You can find Emma from Monday to Friday all year round. Emma is Level 4 Qualified and has been with us since September 2006. Emma is also trained in ELKLAN Speech and Language and First Aid. Emma loves reading with the children, crotchet and Steam Punk.
Amy Stanton - Key Person
Amy is a Key person and is Level 3 Qualified. You can find Amy from Monday to Friday all year round. Amy has been with us since March 2018. She enjoys swimming with her daughter and partner and walks with her dogs Milo and Maisy.
Shirley Pritchard - Key Person
Shirley is a Key Person in the Purple Explorers. You can find Shirley from Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday all year round. Shirley is Level 2 Qualified and has been with us since October 1997. Shirley loves watching the children grow and flourish. She likes music, spending time with her grandchildren, wordsearches and theatre.
Katie Grove - Key Person
Katie is a Key Person in the Purple Explorer Room. You can find Katie from Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in Term Time. Katie has a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies and has been with us since January 2019. Katie is a smiley, bubbly and approachable person who loves watching the children gain knowledge and understanding through play. When Katie is not at work, she loves to play the piano, spend time with her husband and her two cats (Delilah and Wallace) and her dog Otis.
8:00-9:15 Free Play
9:15-9:30 Welcome Time
9:30-10:30 Planned Activities
10:00 Nappies & Snack Time
10:30-11:15 Key Group Time
11:30 Outside Play
12:00 Story/Song Time
12:15 Lunch Time
1:00 Sleep Time/Free Play/Chilled Time
2:15 Outside Play
3:00 Song/Story Time
3:15 Tea Time
4:00 Free Play
5:45 Home Time