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The importance of the early years in a child’s later life is now 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.

The timetable below is a rough idea of the daily routine in Abacus Nursery's baby room.  However, we are aware that especially for younger children they will have their own individual routines, particularly with regards to nappy changing, sleeping and meals.  Therefore, timings are flexible to ensure we are able to meet the needs of individual children.

8.00  Children can start to arrive (flexible arrival from 8am onwards): 
Children and parents are welcomed by a member of staff. Parents are encouraged to share information on dropping off to enable us to meet individual needs effectively .

Free Play: 
A number of activities and resources are set up around the room for self initiated play.  The activities are selected with the developmental needs and interests of the children due in that session.

8.20  Tidy up Time and Wash Hands: 
Children are encouraged to help staff tidy up.  They are supported in turn to move to the bathroom and wash their hands.

8.30 - 9.15 Breakfast: 
Early arrival children move into the dining room for breakfast at 8.30 and are joined by the others as they arrive.

9.15 onwards Planned activities inside or outside alongside child choice - all children have fresh air morning and afternoon, whatever the weather due to our undercover outside play facilities. The activities on offer will either be linked to the topic, meet individual children's schemas or children's personal choice, all of which will support children working towards the 7 areas of learning highlighted in the Early Years Foundation Stage,in a fun and playful way.  Messy and creative play will always be on offer.

10.45 Register/Singing/Water Bottles: 
Children come together in the main room to have a drink and enjoy some 'whole group' time.

11.00 Free Play: 
Children are involved in self initiated play or have sleeps in line with their own routines.

11.30 Tidy up Time – Singing/Story Time - Bathroom:
Children help to pack away the toys and then sit down for singing/story time.  During this time each child will go to the bathroom to wash their hands ready for lunch.

11.45 Lunch:
There are a number of highchairs as well as a table for the children to sit at depending on their stage of development.  During lunch one member of staff sits with the children at the table and another 1 - 2 adults support the children sitting in the highchairs.

12.15 Sleep Time: 
After lunch those children requiring an afternoon sleep go to the cot room where they sleep in either a cot or on a sleep mat depending on their stage of development and home routines.

Free Play:
The children who don't sleep return to the main room where a number of activities and resources are set up for them to play with.

1.00 Morning Children are Collected before 1pm:
A member of staff greets parents and provides feedback on their childs day.

Afternoon Children Begin to Arrive (flexible arrival from 1pm onwards):
A member of staff welcomes parents and children.

1.00 Play Time:
Children continue to play in the main room with numbers increasing as children join in after their sleep.  Messy and creative play will also be available for the children in the dining room/playroom downstairs.

1.15 Free Play - inside and ourside:
Small groups of children are taken to the outdoor area where activities and resources will be available

2.30 Circle Time/Register/Water Bottles
A variety of activities involving the whole group now take place i.e. singing, story time, dancing etc.  Children are encouraged to have a drink.

2.45 Tidy up Time - Bathroom:
Children help to pack away the toys.  Children then go to the bathroom to wash their hands ready for Tea.

3.00 Tea:
As with lunch children either sit in a highchair or at the table depending on their stage of development.  One member of staff sits with the children at the table and another 1 - 2 adults support the children sitting in the highchairs.

3.30 - 5.45 Play:
Children return to the main room and again have a number of activities and resources to play with.  Small groups of children will also be taken to the outdoor area where further activities and resources will be available.

Children are Collected as Convenient: 
A member of staff greets parents and provides feedback on their child's day.

 

The activities and resources put out throughout the day are carefully selected and arranged by staff to meet the needs and enjoyment of the children attending, extend and encourage development and to ensure variety.