The daily routine
When children arrive for their session, they are welcomed by a member of staff, in most cases this is their key worker. The key worker system enables the children to feel secure and to develop positive relationships, which in turn encourages learning and development. Throughout the daily routine children are given opportunities to rest or sleep as required with parental guidance. As a setting, we firmly believe in learning through play, so throughout the day it is predominately free flow with indoor and outdoor sessions, however key workers incorporate some focused adult led activities these are more structured and are planned for using the children’s personal plans and Individual Education plans and follow the children’s interests. These activities are punctuated by meals. Even adult led activities are flexible and can also be initiated by the children. We promote good health and hygiene practices such as cleaning teeth after meals and hand washing. We talk about how drinking water makes our tummies work and how milk makes our bones strong. We also encourage the children to be aware of their environment and teach them to be respectful, by recycling and energy saving where possible. The Personal, Social and emotional elements of the EYFS plays a huge part in laying firm foundations for the children therefore through example we encourage the children to contribute to the community and to be respectful to each other, therefore preparing them with essential life skills.
A sample of the daily routine
Set out below is an example of how a typical day at nursery runs, but those people who have worked with young children or indeed have young children of their own will know that each day is different and unpredictable. The day is led by the combination of children that attend each day, their ages and the interests of the children. The routine is important but also flexibility and opportunity are key factors which we always try to consider. Each child is unique and has their own individual needs and the key worker system allows us to accommodate and meet their needs.
Children are welcomed into the nursery.
Free play: resources’ and activities are set up ready for when your child arrives. These are inviting to engage your child in play. The activities and resources are chosen with the children who are attending that session in mind. Children can play outside if they wish.
8.30 - 9.00am
Breakfast Snack- Children are offered a variety of foods dependant on the day, from cereal, toast, croissants, and fruit, with a drink of water, milk or fruit juice.
Family Time Activities-
Key workers will engage their key children in a planned activity based on the children's interests and next steps.
Free Play accessing both indoor and outdoors; We are fortunate enough to have an undercover area in the garden which lends itself to outside play whatever the weather. There is also an element of free flow play happening. The activities are often linked to ‘our new experiences’ or to our ‘Talk for writing story’. Or it might be to meet children’s personal plans or schemas. Cooking is offered as an activity at least twice a week and regular music and movements sessions take place. All activities will support children towards the 7 areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage. Outdoor play, mark-making, creative and small world, construction, books, puzzles and malleable activities are available throughout the day.
Children are given a 5 minute warning prior to tidy-up time.
'Tidy-up Time' song is sung and children of all ages are encouraged to help with tidying up.
Group Time. All the children within each of their rooms will come together for singing or stories.
The nursery all join together to have lunch.
Children are taken to the bathroom before lunch to wash their hands and once lunch is finished staff will take their table of children to the bathroom again to wash their faces and brush their teeth.
End of morning session / start of afternoon session.
Free Play with a Funky Fingers / malleable play / dexterity play to promote fine motor skills activity open to all.
Quieter activities are pursued as some of the children are sleeping. Sleeping routines are flexible and we are guided by the child and parental requests.
Afternoon snack- fruit and a drink will be offered to all the children.
Free flow play indoors and out with selected groups taking part in activities, cooking, music and movement, musical instruments, planting and growing activities, plus a varied toy selection.
Letters and Sounds activity (Swans room).
'Tidy-up Time' Song and all children encouraged to help with tidying.
Group Time including stories and singing.
Time for high tea, children sit in small groups with an adult at the tables; children eat and drink and have the opportunity to recollect the events of the day.
4.30 - 5.45pm
Free Play - End of day activities
We have continued indoor and outdoor play, free flow and quieter adult led activities: listening to cd’s, stories, games, small world and construction until the children go home. Babies have the events of the day recorded in their daily log book and the older children’s parents have verbal feedback from their key workers.