Our Daily Routine
8am: Children arrive for breakfast club. Breakfast will be included, and the children will get a choice of breakfast.
8:30am – Children will have free play.
9am- Morning children arrive and self-register.
9:05am- Children have free play inside. Whilst children come in through the garden entrance. Staff members will be running activities based on the plans for that week and observations. Staff will be interacting with all children and following their lead in play and gain observations. Activities will be taking place for children to enjoy their leisure.
9:15am – Once all the children are in for the morning session, the children will sit down and do their morning carpet time. This will include the today board (day of the week, month, letter on the month) and the Makaton sign of the week. A good morning and welcome will be given to all the children present.
9:25am- Children have free play inside and outside. Free flow play is offered throughout the whole morning and the children can chose what activities they would like to take part in.
10am- Nappies will be started for children who are in nappies, this will be completed by a different member of staff every nappy time.
10:05am – Rolling snack will be started for children to enjoy when they are ready.
10:30am- Children will continue to have free flow play and structured activities set out by staff. Staff will continue to interact with key children and furthering their development using the child’s interests and next steps.
11:20am- Children will be given a 5-minute countdown till the end of play.
11:25am- Children will be encouraged to do a group tidy up. All staff and children will sing the tidy up song whilst putting their toys back to where they belong ready for the afternoon session.
11:30am- Children will take part in focus time. We sit together and complete an activity of the children’s choice or interest. This is differentiated for the different age ranges we have within the setting. Where appropriate the children will be split into age groups to do different levels of activities. During focus time the children are prepared for school, and complete school ready activities, as well as activities to develop concentration, turn taking and sharing.
11:45am- Children are gathered on the “ABC” mat for a story of the children’s choice and sit to sing some songs with our song spoons.
12pm- Some children go home at the end of the session. Some children arrive to begin the afternoon session. The other children will be asked to go and wash their hands and get ready for lunch.
12:30/12:45pm- When all the children are finished, all the children sit on the “ABC” for “quiet time” to let their lunch settle whilst the staff clean tables, floor and set out activities after the lunch session. Staff are mindful of what children are in setting and converse with each other to set out appropriate activities to develop key children. Children then sit down for the afternoon carpet time and the today board.
1:00pm- All children take part in free flow play activities. Staff set out adult led activities for children to take part in as they wish. Staff play with their key children and all children, following their interests to obtain observations and expand their development.
2:00pm – Rolling snack is started, and nappies commence.
2:20pm – Children will be given a 5-minute countdown before the end of play.
2:25pm- Children are encouraged to do a group tidy up. All staff and children will sing the tidy up song whilst putting the toys away ready for the next session.
2:30pm- Children will take part in focus time. We sit together and complete an activity of the children’s choice or interest. This is differentiated for the different age ranges we have within the setting. Where appropriate the children will be split into age groups to do different levels of activities. During focus time the children are prepared for school, and complete school ready activities, as well as activities to develop concentration, turn taking and sharing.
2:45pm- Children are gathered on the “ABC” mat for a story of the children’s choice and sit to sing some songs with our song spoons.
3pm- Most children will go home at the end of the session. The other children will have free flow play.
3:30pm- Afterschool children arrive at pre-school. Children continue to take part in free flow activities and activities that have been set up for them to take part in.
4:00pm- Children prepare snack ready for them to eat. Children may prepare their own sandwiches, cut up fruit, butter crackers etc.
4:45pm- Quiet activity. Children will be able to read/ complete a jigsaw/ watch a short programme/ for example. Children will start to wind down ready for evening and be provided with quieter activities.
5:00pm- Children are sat to eat their dinner. Afterwards the children sit with a quiet activity together for wind down time.
6:00pm- All children go home for the evening.
This daily routine is flexible and may vary depending on the children’s interests.
Activities that we carry out weekly are:
Trip to the park
Phonics (in the form of child lead activities)
Mathematics (In the form of child lead games)
Technology activities. Children have access to supervised PC time. We also have a tablet for the children, especially for them to play interactive and educational games.