A Typical Nursery Day


Other than meal times, we don’t have a rigid routine at nursery as we plan to the child’s own interests. Nappies are changed by the child’s key person or second person whenever required, as you would do at home. However, a typical day might be like this:

 

Baby Rooms
Am: Welcome cuddles and hand over to key person, sharing any important details about baby’s well-being. Breakfast and group time with key person, followed by morning activity, indoors or outdoors dependant on weather. Supported free-flow play opportunities from the following: water/sand play, treasure baskets/heuristic play, singing/dancing and movement, floor toys, together time and chatter time with key person.
Lunch: Sitting in small groups in low chairs around the table with key person.
Comfort and sleep time but not strictly after lunch, dependant on children’s needs.
Pm: Together time with key person, chatter time, singing/dancing and movement or baby massage.
Afternoon activity, indoors or outdoors dependant on weather. Supported free-flow play opportunities from the following: water/sand play, treasure baskets/heuristic play, floor toys.
Tea: Sitting in small groups in low chairs around the table with key person.
Supported free-flow play opportunities from the following: water/sand play, treasures baskets/heuristic play, singing/dancing and movement, floor toys, together time with key person.
Handover time with key person, sharing any key details about baby’s day then home.

Toddler Rooms
Am: Welcome and hand over to key person, sharing any important details about child’s well-being. Breakfast and group time with key person, followed by morning activity, indoors or outdoors. Supported free-flow play opportunities from the following: water/sand play, creative play and mark making, singing/dancing and movement, home corner/construction toys.
Together time with key person and story/music time
Lunch: Sitting in small groups round the table with key person.
Comfort and sleep time, dependant on children’s needs.
Pm: Afternoon activity, indoors or outdoors. Supported free-flow play opportunities from the following: water/sand play, creative play and mark making, singing/dancing and movement, home corner/construction toys.
Tea: Sitting in small groups round the table with key person.
Story and music time.
Supported free-flow play opportunities then handover time from key person before home.

Pre-school Rooms
Am: Welcome and hand over to key person, sharing any important details about child’s well-being. The children self-register then have breakfast if they wish. Group time involves discussion of previous activities or latest news from home. This may shape the day’s activities, planned from the children’s interests. Children decide whether they want to work at an adult-led activity or one of their own choosing, indoors or outdoors. Free-flow play opportunities include the following: water/sand play, creative play and mark making, singing/dancing and movement, home corner/role play, construction/small world toys, computer activities.
Circle time with discussion of the morning’s activities, shared stories and music time.
Lunch: Sitting in small groups round the table with key person.
Quiet time with soft music or reading.
Pm: Afternoon focused activity, indoors or outdoors. Choice of free-flow play opportunities from the following: water/sand play, creative play and mark making, singing/dancing and movement, home corner/role play, construction/small world toys, computer activities.
Open Snack Tea: Children help themselves and sit in small groups round the table with key person.
Circle discussion time, story or music.
Supported free-flow play opportunities then handover time from key person before home.