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The Nursery's Timetable and Routines

The routines and activities that make up the nursery's session/day are arranged in such a way that the children gain individual attention to feel valued and to ensure that they gain from the social experience of being part of a group. Children are encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities that introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills.

Children can choose from a range of activities to help build their confidence and their ability to select and work through a task to completion. Sufficient opportunities are provided for them to both learn and play and to take time out to relax. Activities are planned to take account of the children's changing energy levels throughout the day and include:

themed projects including discussion based on science, environment, culture and community
role play, dressing up
stories and poetry
messy play, sand & water, dough & clay
arts & crafts
language & literacy
numeracy & problem solving
construction toys, building blocks
physical play, including climbing, balancing, catching
outdoor activities
small world play
Tatty Bumpkin Yoga inspired movement
music, singing and dancing

“Staff provide an inspiring learning environment in which children enjoy a range of learning experiences and are able follow their own interests, indoors and outside.” (Ofsted 2014)

Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around us. The children play outdoors daily and have the opportunity - and are encouraged- to take part in child/adult led activities using a range of outdoor equipment. We operate a 'free flow policy and children can move freely from inside/outside at all times of the day.

We also organise outings and we have so far visited Lea Valley Farm, Paradise Wildlife Park, The Chicken Shed Theatre, Willows Farm and our local Fire Station as well as regular trips to the Dugdale theatre, the library and our local park.


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