Self-registration, settling, circle time and discussion, including exchanges of news the weather, our topic, days of the week etc.
Free flow play, inside and outside. During this part of the morning the children are encouraged to explore their surroundings under supervision, by choosing to participate in a wide range of stimulating activities.
- Messy activities include painting, water play, glueing, playdough, chalking, crayoning and many creative projects. These activities often follow a theme for several sessions. Whilst every effort is made to protect your children’s clothes and aprons are provided, it would be appropriate if children come dressed in practical play clothes. Soft shoes, or slip ons, without buckles are preferred.
- We have a “home corner” with dressing up clothes, kitchenware, bedding etc. to give the children an opportunity for imaginative play. This role play area often has a theme as a shop, hopsital, house, post office etc, following the children's interests.
- The children are encouraged to use the book corner and there is time set by daily for songs, rhymes and stories. Books are also used throughout the setting, to support children's play and learning, so, for example, there may be cookery books in the role play cafe or books about buildings in the constuction area.
- We have a range of percussion instruments to play and encourage the children‘s sense of musical appreciation. The children are also able to use a cd player to play music they have selected during the morning.
- A drink of milk or water is available daily, along with a selection of fruit or raw vegetables at the snack bar, to which the children help themselves. We regularly encourage the chidlren to cut up their own fuit and vegetables, with adult support and encourage independent skills with the children buttering their own toast and/or crackers. On special occasions we may have cake or biscuits or try other foods related to themes we are looking at. Please ensure that we are advised if your child has special dietary needs or allergies. Drinking water is available throughout the session.
- We aim to spend time outside, whenever possible, enabling children to develop their gross motor skills through using a variety of physical equipment, including tricycles, trampoline, stepping stones and slide. Often there are messy outside activities involving water, paint, bubbles and mud. Aprons are provided, but please be aware that washable coats are preferred and please ensure that your child’s name is in his or her coat, hat, gloves, jumper etc.
Tidy up time. The children are encouraged to help clear away by "Mr Tidy Up" our puppet.
Group activities which may include stories, listening, rhymes, singing, board games, ring games and the parachute. Sometimes, planned, whole group activities take place.
Whole group birthday celebrations, as appropriate, goodbye song, collect belongings, get coat on.
Session ends. The children are asked to sit and wait on the mat for their parent/carer to collect them.