Routines and activities
My philosophy is that all children need to learn through play. They do not benefit from a rigid structure at this stage of development. Therefore, routines are flexible allowing an element of choice and discovery learning through play and guidance - the nursery has a good balance of adult initiated and child initiated activities. The adults sometimes stay on the periphery supporting and encouraging whilst the children actively engage in activities that they enjoy – they lead and we follow.
We take the children out into the local community, to the library, park and into the forest for walks and picnics.
There are some set activities such as breakfast from 8.30am till 10am, hot lunch prepared by the nursery chef and served in the dinning room between 11.20am and 12.30pm and tea served at 3.00pm for all children. The social meal times provide a great opportunity for social interaction and communication.
Other set activities include -
Madame Claire Holland - French club for over 3's on Mondays
Gym tots for walking babies on Friday
|In addition to this, focused activities are planned for all children by their key person taking into account the child's interests - there are normally two adult planned activities during the day. All other activities are child initiated with numerous opportunities identified in the 'Continuous Provision Sheet' in all units.|