Arrival (8.55 to 9.15am)
Children start to arrive. After hanging up coats, please sign in. Lunch boxes are to be put in the kitchen area and then children collect their name tags and self-register. They then become involved in a selection of activities such as jigsaws, drawing, play-dough and lots more. We ask parents to remain with their children during this settling-down time.
Morning Session (9.15am to 11.45am)
Parents usually leave and the children continue with activities of their own choice and sometimes they take part in a focused activity. At some point during the morning we sit on the carpet area for circle time when we talk about topics of interest to the children, and discuss other topics such as the weather. We also have a short music and movement session in the school hall. A break is squeezed in at about 10.30am, for a quick fruit snack to refuel.
Lunchtime (11.45am to 1pm)
After washing hands, the staff and all children sit to eat together. The children learn about healthy eating and develop social skills in a calm, relaxed way.
Afternoon Session (1pm to 3.15pm)
As in the morning session, we have a mixture of independent play and focused activities. We do find time to have a fruit snack, which we provide and finally a little winding down with rhymes and the Tick-Tock song to say goodbye.
End of Day (3.15pm)
Waiting parents can come into the nursery to collect the children, along with their coats and bags. Staff are always happy to talk about your child's day, their progress or any concerns you may have, after they have supervised the departure of the other children.
Examples of play, during both the morning and afternoon sessions, include:
using the touch-screen computer
playing imaginative games in the home corner
riding on the bikes and scooters
sand and water play
counting and number activities
writing skills, letters and sounds
painting, drawing, cutting, mark-making, gluing, sticking and being creative
listening to stories, exploring books
getting involved in these and other activities, outside in our covered play area.