Dragonflies and Butterflies

Welcome to a day in the life of the Nursery and Pre-School Team (3-4 years)

We take advantage of the children’s ever growing knowledge to prepare them for their next adventure in school. We continue to ignite children’s natural curiosity within a secure, fun and stimulating environment. The children enjoy a wealth of experiences, further enhancing their communication and language skills across all areas of learning. We look to inspire imaginations and create capable learners, nurturing self-confidence and independence without any sense of pressure or competition.

As the children move closer to the next step of their learning journey, some of our children are ready for a more focused approach to their development. Imaginative play continues to encourage inventiveness and response to their own stories, interests and life experiences and there is access to activities which encourage communication and literacy such as reading stories and poems, linking sounds and letters, reciting and creating songs and rhymes, recognition of their names, and letters and words. There are opportunities for numeric and problem solving games, mark making, counting, sorting and mathematical language.

Children have access to an inspiring environment using both the Nursery and wider Academy outdoor setting and their indoor setting to develop the skills and knowledge they need to become successful in their next stage of learning.

This is a general guide to our daily routine, it is however dependent on each individual child’s needs and therefore can be flexible.

7.30am Welcome – we are open and it`s time for breakfast.

7.30-9am After a rolling breakfast for the children arriving there is time to explore provision with our friends.

9am New arrivals.

9.10am Key Worker time – time to inspire and engage curious minds, what can we learn and experience today?

9.20am Free flow play, using our inside and outside spaces, open ended and across all areas of learning. Our play is resourced to support children`s interests and needs. Staff work alongside children, scaffolding and enabling their learning, developing independence and building up skills for life.

10-10.30am Its café time!
Children can choose a wide range of healthy snacks and pour themselves a drink.

10.30-11.30am Exploration! Time to continue with our play and learning.

11.30am It's tidy up time!

11.40-11.55am Creative Expression. It’s time for adults to share a story or engage the children with some singing, movement or dance before getting ready for lunch.

11.55am Getting ready for lunch. Adults supporting children`s handwashing and self –care ready for dinner time.

12.00-12.40pm Lunch time in the Hive.

A time for adults to model independence and build understanding of health and balance in our meals.

12.45-1.15 Outside play.

1.15pm Relaxation and Quiet reflection.

1.25pm Free flow play, using our inside and outside spaces, open ended and across all areas of learning. Our play is resourced to support children`s interests and needs. Staff work alongside children, scaffolding and enabling their learning, developing independence and building up skills for life.

2.40pm Tidy up time.

2.40pm–3pm It’s time for adults to share a story or engage the children with some singing, movement or dance before getting ready for snack.

3pm Its home time for some of our friends.

3-4pm Exploring our favourite activities, a balance of adult led and self-chosen play- it’s an opportunity for children to explore different areas of the Academy such as the sensory room or forest school.

4-4.45pm Its tea-time at the Hive! Good manners and independence is encouraged by all adults.

4.45-6pm An opportunity to mix with our older and younger friends using other areas of the Nursery and Academy.