Children are welcomed to the Blue Butterflies when they are three and stay until they go to school. While the emphasis is still on playing and having lots of fun, we look at developing other skills to prepare children for going to school. Manipulative activities strengthen fingers ready to hold pencils, pens and other tools while measuring ingredients for baking help with numeracy. We look at promoting independance by supporting children in putting their own shoes and coats on, serving their own food at meal times and looking after their own toileting needs. Those children in their final year at nursery also benefit from trips to Newquay Forest School to learn in a natural environment.