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A Typical Session

All our sessions are planned to enable each individual child to learn through their play and to progress to the next steps of their development in all areas of learning and above all to have lots of fun!

We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from a range of activities and, in doing so, increase their ability to select and work through a task to its completion.

The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities, which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.

On a daily basis every effort is made to include a varied range of inspirational activities which are imaginatively set out to appeal to all ages and stages of development within the two rooms of the nursery. The Blue room, for two to three year olds and the Red Room, for three to four year olds.

We offer ‘Free Flow’ play.  The children can access the outdoor classroom area at any time they wish, no matter what the weather.

Focused Activities

The Blue room and Red room are divided into ‘areas of play’, including role-play, construction, water play, a small world area, a cosy book corner, maths area, mark making, a creative area, a messy play area and finally a science and technology area.

Special enhanced resources are provided to meet the individual needs and interests of the children. All activities are planned in detail on the weekly plan.

We also have the advantage of a small ‘quiet room’ for small group focused activities which include the opportunity to take part in French classes.

We are very lucky to have a wonderfully large and well equipped outdoor recreational garden which all children access daily. We believe that outdoor play is vital to the early years and that outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them.

More details of a typical session in the Red Room

(Please note that all times are approximate as we like to be spontaneous and flexible)

A twenty minute settling in period for children to familiarise themselves with staff and their peers. Children will hang their coat and belongings on their peg in the corridor. Children are encouraged to place their magnetic name card in a post box upon arriving into the classroom. This time is beneficial for parents to relate messages or concerns to their child’s key person before the planned activities start.

This short ten minute session, is primarily to listen to the news and contributions from the children and gives the staff time to talk to the children about the planned and spontaneous activities of the morning session or any change to routine.

Children are encouraged to take part in the two adult led activities of the morning and to use the continuous provision in the child initiated activities available. Children will be helped to get changed in to waterproof and wellies to use the outdoor classroom, which has free flow access.

There is a rolling snack bar that will open at 10am in this part of the morning, healthy fruit and vegetables are provided with milk or water.

Music is played and the children recognise this signal to start to put toys away carefully. Children may be encouraged to help with small tasks, such as sweeping and cleaning off toys in the water tray.

The children are engaged in singing nursery rhymes and songs with props and actions which is planned throughout the week. The children re-gather and go to the toilet or have their nappy changed before going outside.

Children are given free access to our wonderful outside area. This period is a time for children to relax, exercise and initiate play in an outdoor garden environment. The children have access to a quiet flower garden, tree climbing, tree house den, balance logs and climbing frame, slide, see-saw and willow enclosures for hiding and exploring. We also have an environmental garden with a pond and a vegetable garden which are used for planned activities.

The children are encouraged to put bikes and toys away at the end of outside play. They gather for a head count and return inside to get ready for the end of the morning session. The children are encouraged to be as independent as possible in hanging their coats up and placing their boots on their pegs. Staff are ready to help any children change out of wet clothes.

The children gather in the story area for a final circle time story session. The story reflects the children’s interests and may be supported by puppets or props. Parents are invited in by two children who open the door and then children going home for lunch are collected.

The children who stay for the afternoon session will visit the toilet and wash their hands to get ready for lunch. A short thank you prayer is spoken to signal the start of lunch.

The children and staff eat their lunches together, parents provide a packed lunch. This is a social time to talk quietly at the table about healthy food and related topics, to eat and be together in a relaxed environment.

The children are actively engaged in a variety of new and exciting activities which are planned weekly by the Red Room Afternoon Supervisor. The week is themed according to the children’s interests or by linking to seasonal topics. The children may experience whole group activities such as P.E sessions, acting out a story or taking part in gardening and forest school style activities outside. There are often planned outings and woodland walks for the afternoon.

Children are given free access to our wonderful outside area. This period is a time for children to relax, exercise and initiate play in an outdoor garden environment. The children have access to a quiet flower garden, tree climbing, tree house den, balance logs and climbing frame, slide, see-saw and willow enclosures for hiding and exploring. There might also be a planned activity linked to the afternoon’s theme that continues outside, such a rocket building, den making or singing in a marching band.

The children are encouraged to put any equipment away at the end of outside play. They gather for a head count and return inside to get ready for the end of the afternoon session. The children are encouraged to be as independent as possible in hanging their coats up and placing their boots on their pegs. Staff are ready to help any children change out of wet clothes.

The children gather for the final story session of the day. The story may reflect the afternoon’s theme. Parents are invited in by two children who open the door and then children go home at the end of their day.

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