A daily routine gives children a sense of security. This is why we ensure each day is properly structured while leaving enough time for spontaneous activities.
That said, we prefer not to impose a rigid structure on the daily activities within our nursery. We aim to make the child feel that learning is fun and exciting, that he/she is confident, clever and can learn. By implementing our curriculum along with the child’s willingness to learn and their natural ability to experiment, we feel this will enable the child to develop self-confidence and a positive attitude towards education and life.
|7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.||Arrival & settle in|
|08:00 -9:00 a.m.||Breakfast time|
|10:00 a.m.||Planned activities in each group|
|After lunch||Nap/Rest and Afternoon structured activities|
|2:45 - 4:30 p.m.||Teatime|
|Short structured activities|
|5:45 p.m. -6:00 p.m.||All children are picked up and a small written report given to parents|
As the children arrive in the morning, emphasis is put on settling them into the nursery environment. Because children often arrive at different times, activities are arranged so that they can join in freely as they wish. We expect that children arriving during the morning will have had breakfast at home.
At 8.00am breakfast of cereal, toast, fruit and milk is served. It is inevitable that not all children will always want to eat but they are all encouraged to sit at the table during breakfast time. Sometimes children prefer to stay in the book corner where they can sit quietly looking at a book.
At 9.00am children will go into their groups for the planned activities. Staff are trained to realise the potential learning opportunities of each child’s chosen activity and are therefore able to help it achieve the desirable learning outcomes from it.
We believe that it is important to try to include outside play in the nursery’s daily plan. Fresh air and natural light are vital to everyone’s health and for this reason, weather permitting; the children are encouraged to play outside or are taken for a walk. We try to bring the children into contact with nature as much as possible to increase their understanding of the environment. We ask all parents to provide us with a pair of wellington boots, which are kept at the nursery.
Dinnertime is between 11.00 and 12:30. Babies will have lunch first, then toddlers and then preschoolers. All meal times are used as an opportunity to encourage the development of the child’s social skills. Meal times are also used to teach the children polite table manners. We expect children arriving at the nursery after this time to have had lunch at home. After lunch, some children, especially the younger ones, will need to have a sleep to recuperate for the afternoon activities. Afternoon activities are structured to follow our themes for the week.
Teatime is between 2:45 and 4:30 and is followed by short structured activities. This allows children to be easily removed from their activities at their going home time.
When parents collect their children, they are given a small written report on the child’s day. They have an opportunity to talk with the staff about their child’s day at the nursery if they so wish. A member of the management team is always available if needed.
The Cottage Day Nursery
St Hildas Church Hall
1 Courtrai Road
London SE23 1PL
Tel: +44 208 2917117
7.30 am - 6.00 pm
Monday to Friday
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