Nursery is organised so children have time to be involved in adult directed activities and in their own initiated activities. We involve the children in their learning and let them know why they are doing something. Children are encouraged to make decisions and solve problems, to initiate, plan, carry out and review their activities. The children become more independent, acquire a desire to explore and learn, and develop skills, which will enable them to become successful students as they grow older.
There are several elements within the daily routine:-
Circle Time: 9.15am and 1.15pm
Children and staff come together in either the sun room or the star room for circle time and register (their registration room). We will discuss the events in the children’s lives and nursery life, the children will take part in a number of activities related to their interests and they will join in with songs, poems and action rhymes. We will engage in PSED, CAL, Mathematical and Phonics Games.
Adult Directed Activities
The children will carry various activities with their Key Person. The activities are based on children’s ideas and learning needs. They are planned using the EYFS Development Matters for guidance. Activities will ensure children will be involved in all areas of the curriculum throughout the week or areas that they particularly need to develop. Both the indoor, outdoor and forest environments are used for these activities.
Child Initiated Activities
Staff engage in skilful interactions with the children whilst they play in continuous provision, outside or in the woods or on the journey to the woods. Staff know their children’s targets and differentiate their questioning and input to the needs of each child. Children learn much more when they are playing. OFSTED (2013) praised our staff for these interactions.
Story Time: 11.45am and 3.45pm
The children are split into two groups for story, one in the sun room and one in the star room. We will read and discuss stories, poems and information books. We may act out stories, use puppets or re-tell fairy stories with no books at all! The children are picked up by parents and carers at the end of the session from their story room.