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The importance of the early years in a child’s later life is widely recognised. At Abacus, through play and adult-led activities, children are encouraged to explore and experiment, gaining an enthusiasm to learn, acquire social manners, respect for others and at the same time the support to develop their own personality. We promote the Learning and Development requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in everything we do.

8.00:
Children start to arrive and are welcomed by a member of staff then supported with self-registration to promote early literacy skills and the placing of a number dolly to promote Math development. Children are supported to leave their parents happily which promotes Personal, social and emotional development.

Free Play:
A number of activities and resources are set up around the nursery for the children to play with whilst they settle in; these include the computer, construction toys, small world toys, puzzles and drawing.

8.30 – 9.15 Café style breakfast:
A table is set up for breakfast and as spaces becomes available children sit down for breakfast, taking it in turns whilst other children continue to play. All meal times are a lovely time for social interaction developing Personal, social and emotional development as well as Communication and language development.

9.30 Registration:
Children help to pack away the mornings toys and then gather in the quiet room. The register is taken (often with the help of the children) and what day it is and the weather is discussed. This time is also used to chat about the topic and for children to share any news they have.

9.50 - 11.30 Planned activities to meet children’s individual needs:
Each key person plans specific activities to meet their key children’s developmental needs. These activities are planned across all seven areas of learning within the EYFS. Each key person uses the Development Matters to plan age and stage appropriate activities linked to children’s specific interests. All children can participate in all activities. These are planned for both inside and outside.

11.30 – 11.45 Tidy up Time - Circle/Book time – Bathroom:
Children help to pack away the toys and gather in the quiet room. During this time children may read books both by themselves and with an adult and enjoy singing songs whilst small groups of children go to wash their hands ready for lunch. Books are highly valued at nursery and are used in a variety of ways to not only promote Literacy but all areas of learning with reference books to cover all interests.

11.45 – 12.30 Lunch:
There are three tables set up with around 6-8 children and one adult sat at each. See Nutrition for a sample menu. Lunch tables are taken by Ruth, Sara and Heidi, which is a fantastic way of management to keep in touch everyday with every single child and for the cook to assess the success of the menus and monitor portion sizes and popularity for future food orders. All nursery staff are able to go on their lunch breaks at this time so that they are back refreshed for the afternoon session.

12.30 – 1.00 Bathroom:
As children finish lunch they are supported in washing their face and brushing their teeth.
Book/Circle time: Children gather in the quiet room where they may read books by themselves or with an adult and enjoy singing songs and other activities circle time activities.

1.00 Morning children are collected:
A member of staff greets parents and provides feedback on their child’s time at Nursery.

Afternoon children begin to arrive. A member of staff welcomes parents and children.

’School sessions’:
Starting each January for children due to start School in the following September happens at the beginning of each afternoon. This ensures the needs of both younger and older children in the toddler/pre-school room are met. This is really important in mixed aged grouping.

Sleep Time:
Sleep mats are laid out in the quiet room for children who need a sleep. They are able to have their comforters to help them feel secure.

Games:
All other children have quieter activities inside or outside, such as table top toys or stories.

1.30 – 3.00 Planned activities:
Same as the morning to meet children’s individual needs.

3.00 Afternoon Registration:
Children help to pack away the toys and then gather in the quiet room. The register is taken (often with the help of the children) and we talk about what day it is and what the weather is like. This time may be used to: discuss the topic, for children to share their news, to sing songs or to read a story.

Bathroom:
Small groups of children go to wash their hands ready for tea.

3.30 Tea:
As with lunch children are usually sat around three tables with an adult supporting each, this time the nursery practitioners, although weather permitting the children may have a picnic tea in the garden.

4.00 Bathroom:
As children finish tea they are supported in washing their face.
Book/Circle time: Children gather in the quiet room where they may read books both by themselves and with an adult and enjoy singing songs.

4.30 – 5.30 Play:
Children enjoy free play with a range of toys and activities set out as part of our everyday provision covering all seven areas of learning. This includes outside play.

5.30:
Children move into the Butterfly garden or quiet room for the last 15 minutes to allow easy collection for the end of day.

Children are collected at any time but at the latest 5.45pm when we close to children: A member of staff greets parents and provides feedback on their child’s day. Staff have a 15 minute turn over to prepare the rooms for the following day before leaving at 6pm so your co-operation in collecting on time is greatly appreciated.

Management are available at any time to speak to parents regarding their children’s daily routine. Key persons are available at designated times whenever needed. ‘Parent chats’ are greatly valued to share information about your child so that children’s daily routines within group care meets their individual needs.