Typical Daily Routine

Preschool

 

Preschool is for children aged 3-5 years. The preschool room can hold 32 children a day, on a 1 adult to 8 children ratio. The room is made up of an open plan room where children can access workshop style activities, a 4 cubicle toilet and an outdoor free flow area. The children are encouraged to be independent and to help out around the room. Each child has a key person who supports their children’s development and progress.

 

Preschool Routine

 

8.00 am – Breakfast

Children are offered breakfast which is accessible for them to self-serve. If children are not hungry, an activity of drawing or puzzles will be set up. Once they have finished their breakfast, children clear up after themselves and go to the carpet to read a story or look at a book.

 

8.40 am – Story Time

Children clear away books for a story with a practitioner.

 

8.45 am – Getting Ready for Garden

Practitioners send children in groups of four to use the toilet and wash their hands before getting their coats on and lining up for the garden. A practitioner will support where needed but children are encouraged to do everything independently. Children who get ready quickly may be able to help a practitioner do the garden risk assessment.

 

*When there are more than 20 children, the class will be split into two groups which will take turns to alternate between half an hour of garden time and half an hour of group time.*

 

9.00 am – Garden Time/Group Time

Children are signed out into the garden where they are free to choose and play with anything. The shed is opened and children can access the toys independently (supported by a practitioner where needed) and games/play are all child led. Some activities are set out, i.e. mud kitchen, sand tray, writing etc for children to access if they choose to.

 

9.30 am – Group Time/Garden Time

Children sit at the carpet with practitioners and use a whiteboard to sound out their names. When children are confident in sounding out their name, they are offered the opportunity to write their names. To start, the children trace and join dots to make the letters in their names, then when they are ready, they are supported to copy the letters from their names or write them. NB: children must not be forced to spell or write their names if they do not want to. This is not a necessity just an added extra that we offer the children if they are interested.

 

10.00 am – Focus Session

Children and practitioners sit together on the carpet and talk about their theme for the day. Children will be offered information and experiences related to the theme which will influence and shape their knowledge and skills for the activities planned for the day. Children are encouraged to join in and develop the ideas that are being discussed during the focus session. Example: If children are learning about their bodies and the senses, the focus session may include flashcards of the senses, a matching game to recognise which sense goes with which body part and counting how many senses there are.

 

10.15 am – Free Play and Snack Time

Activities related to the theme are set up around the room, the areas that are set out are: creative, writing/mark making, maths, construction, small world, technology, roleplay, reading, sand, water and outdoor free flow. The children are encouraged to play with what they want, how they want. Adults offer subtle interventions to enable children to adapt and evolve the activities for the children to extend their own play and learning. Children and adults play and learn together to find out new information. A snack table is set up for children to access when they want to between 10.15 am and 11 am.

 

11.15 am – Tidy Up and Group Activity

Preschool help to tidy up, clean up and set the tables for lunch. Once the room is ready for lunch time, everyone sits together for a short story or some song singing.

 

11.30 am – Washing Hands

Children are sent four at a time and encouraged to use the toilet and wash their hands independently ready for lunch.

 

11.45 am – Lunch

Children sit at tables of six and eat lunch together. Children are encouraged to self-serve from bowls in the middle of the table. Children wait for each other to dish up their food then eat together. Children talk to each other during their meal and are encouraged to use their manners to ask for more food. Water jugs and cups are on the table for children to pour their own water. Children are supported by practitioners but encouraged to do everything independently.

 

12.30 pm – Letters, Sounds and Number Time

After lunch, children sit in two groups depending on their age and ability, then they work on different skills which will support their development of letters, phonics and numbers.

 

1.00 pm – Session Swap:

Children who attend in the morning leave and children who attend in the afternoon come in.

 

1.30 pm – Focus Session

Children and practitioners sit together on the carpet and talk about their theme for the day. Children will be offered information and experiences related to the theme which will influence and shape their knowledge and skills for the activities planned for the day. Children are encouraged to join in and develop the ideas that are being discussed during the focus session. Example: If children are learning about their bodies and the senses, the focus session may include flashcards of the senses, a matching game to recognise which sense goes with which body part and counting how many senses there are.

 

1.45 pm – Free Play and Snack Time

Activities related to the theme are set up around the room, the areas that are set out are: creative, writing/mark making, maths, construction, small world, technology, roleplay, reading, sand, water and outdoor free flow. The children are encouraged to play with what they want, how they want. Adults offer subtle interventions to enable children to adapt and evolve the activities for the children to extend their own play and learning. Children and adults play and learn together to find out new information. A snack table is set up for children to access when they want to between 10.15 am and 11 am.

 

2.45 pm – Tidy Up and Group Activity

Preschool help to tidy up, clean up and set the tables for tea.

 

2.50 pm – Washing Hands

Children are sent four at a time and encouraged to use the toilet and wash their hands independently ready for tea.

 

3.00 pm – Tea

Children sit at tables of six and eat lunch together. Children are supported to make their own tea, i.e. when we have sandwiches, they butter their bread and put the filling in it then cut it. Children talk to each other during their meal and are encouraged to use their manners to ask for more food. Water jugs and cups are on the table for children to pour their own water. Children are supported by practitioners but encouraged to do everything independently.

 

3.50 pm – Getting Ready for Garden

Practitioners send children in groups of four to use the toilet and wash their hands before getting their coats on and lining up for the garden. A practitioner will support where needed but children are encouraged to do everything independently. Children who get ready quickly may be able to help a practitioner do the garden risk assessment.

 

4.00 pm – Garden Time

Children are signed out into the garden where they join in with group activities, ring games and/or physical activities.

 

4.30 pm – Story Time

Children clear away books for a story with a practitioner.

 

5.00 pm – Physical Activities

Children join in with parachute games, yoga and meditation or a dancing.

 

5.30 pm – Quiet Activities

Children can enjoy a puzzle, reading books, Makaton songs, CD and story book or another quiet activity that they choose.

 

6.00 pm – Home Time

 

 

Baby Room Routine

 

Our Baby room caters for children aged 3 months – 16 months and the room can hold up to 12 babies at a time in a 1:3 staff to child ratio.

 

Our ethos for the baby room is to provide a home from home environment with a caring and nurturing routine. The babies love to get stuck into activities throughout the day – a strong favorite is messy play! Babies explore and learn through their senses and every 6 weeks we create new themes and topics for them to enjoy. Play in the baby room is a mixture of free play and structured play. Our structured play is our focus time where the practioners lead an activity, this may be performed in the morning and afternoon to ensure all babies are included depending on which sessions they attend. Aside from the focus activities, babies have access to messy play, sand and water play, outdoor play and free choice selection opportunities. We hold 2 group time sessions a day, during these times we do will do a ‘Sign and Learn’ session, song and story time mixed with flashcards. We have snack twice a day between mealtimes. At snack times we offer the babies Organix rice cakes, carrot sticks and sweetcorn rings, as well as the dry snacks we also offer the babies fruit.

 

On a Tuesday morning we have a baby Zumba session, this encourages babies to get involved with music and movement. On a Thursday morning we have a Spanish lesson, the babies love this! Our Spanish teacher incorporates props and songs which keeps the babies engaged throughout the session.

 

  • 8:00am–9:00am - Breakfast served
  • 8:30am–9:15am - Activities / morning sleepers down for naps
  • 9:15am–9:45am - Focus Activities
  • 9:30am - Nappy Changes
  • 9:50am-10:00am - Snack time (while the children are at snack time, set up new activities and change the toys)
  • 10:00am – Group time
  • 10:30 - Free play & sensory room
  • 10:45am-Get ready for the garden
  • 11am–11:20am - Garden time
  • 11:30am – 12:00pm - Lunch
  • 12:00pm–2:00pm - Sleep time (set up an activity for the children who do not sleep at 12:00pm)
  • 2:00pm-2:30pm Nappies / Snack time (while the children are at snack time, set up new activities and change the toys)
  • 2:30pm-3:00pm - Free play & sensory room
  • 3:00pm-3:30pm - Garden time
  • 3:30pm-4:00pm – Teatime (while children are sitting down for tea, set up new activities and change the toys)
  • 4:00pm-4:30pm - Nappies
  • 4:30pm-5:45pm – Activities
  • 5:45pm - Out to Red apples Room
  •  5:45pm-6:30pm - Quiet time/Home time

 

*Messy play to be done in the morning and afternoon.

**Activities to be changed 4 times a day

 

Our Green Apples room caters for children aged between 2 – 3 years and the room can hold up to 20 children at a time in a 1:4 staff to child ratio. In the Green apples room, we encourage the children to become more independent and begin to introduce the extended areas of learning within the curriculum. We offer the children a robust and enriching daily routine and blend in our workshop play ethos – this means that children have input into their learning as well as structured play.  We begin to introduce potty training within this age group and have had a high success rate, ensuring almost all children are confidently using the toilet before moving up the little apples ladder into the preschool room. The room consists of many different areas such as a construction area, a sand and water area, a home corner, a maths area, a literacy area, a computer area and a cosy corner. Our toy boxes are all located on children’s level in order to promote independence and opportunities for child initiated play throughout the sessions in the day.

 

  • 7.00am – 8.00am – Early Bird Arrivals, free play
  • 8.00am –8.45am – Breakfast served- During this time the children are encourage to self-serve, pouring their own milk using a jug.
  • 8.45am – 9.45am – Free play & focus activity time, this usually consists of activities based around our theme and will be carried throughout each area of the room.
  • 9.25am – AM Nappies
  • 9.40am – Tidy up time – the children are encouraged to join in with this using our clearly labelled toy boxes.
  • 9.45am – 10.00am – Group time- this will include a good morning song, a discussion about the day of the week, months, seasons and weather on that day.
  • 10.00am - 10.45am – Free flow between main room and garden- this allows the children to have their own choosing of indoor or outdoor play.
  • 10.45 am - 11.20am – EYFS time in small groups- this usually includes activities focusing on our numbers, shapes, letters and colours. This is a session where the children are actively involved in their learning.
  • 11.20am - 11.30am – Children to wash hands- this time is used in order to promote hygiene and cleanliness.
  • 11.30am – Lunch Served- the children are encouraged to self-serve their meals using a variety of different utensils and jugs for pouring.
  • 12.00pm – Sleep Time - we will have relaxing music playing in the background while the practitioners sit alongside the children and encourage and sooth their sleep.
  • 1.45pm – Wake up time- this will be encourage using out “wake up song” ensuring the children wake up happy and enthusiastic to resume their day.
  • 2pm – 2.45pm – Free Flow with snack bar outside- this is optional for the children, however, will be encouraged.
  • 2.40pm – Tidy up time- this will again be led by an adult and encourage for the children to take part in this,
  • 2.45pm – 3.10pm – Free play & focus activity time- similar to the morning sessions with different activities, ensuring the afternoon children are offered the same opportunities.
  • 3.10pm – Tidy up time
  • 3.15pm - 4pm – Tea Served- this meal is served for the children while the children are asked plenty of open-ended questions.
  • 4pm – 4.30pm EYFS Time in small groups- this again is similar to the morning session however a different area will be covered from the morning.
  • 4.30pm - 5.30pm – Free play- during this time we have a couple of activities out for the children to explore alongside the adults, whilst children begin to be collected at his time.
  • 5.30pm – 5.45pm – tidy up time.
  • 5.45pm – 6.00pm – Group song time.
  • 6pm – 6.30pm – Wind down activities.

Our Red Apples room caters for children aged 16 months – 2 years, our room can hold up to 12 children on a 1:3 ratio.

 

Our day starts off with breakfast followed by our motivation time. This involves staff and children listening to upbeat music and dancing together in order to promote bonding and to put everybody in a great mood ready for the day ahead.

 

Throughout the day we also have activities out that link to the EYFS areas of development focusing mainly on the childrens Personal, Social and Emotional, Physical and Communication and Language development. Each child is allocated a key person who works closely with them to support their development in these areas .

 

Messy play is one of the childrens favourite activities in red apples. We explore a variety of different types including shaving foam, body painting, cornflour, dry and wet pasta, sand and water play.

 

We promote independence by offering a snack bar twice a day. This involves the children choosing whether they would like snack. This includes a choice of fruit in the morning and choice of a starchy snack in the afternoon.

 

 

Red Apples Routine

 

  • 7.00-8.00 Early birds
  • 8.00-8.45 Breakfast
  • 8.45-9.00 Motivation time
  • 9.00-9.45 Free play/ Focus time
  • 9.20- 9.40 Nappy change
  • 9.45 Tidy up time
  • 9.50-10.00 Group time
  • 10.00 Snack bar opens
  • 10.00 Free play
  • 10.35- Tidy up time
  • 10.40 Get ready for the garden
  • 10.45 Garden time
  • 11.20 Wash hands
  • 11.30 Lunch time
  • 12.00 Nap time
  • 2.00 Nappy change and snack bar
  • 2.00-2.30 Free play
  • 2.35 Tidy up time
  • 2.40 Tidy up time
  • 2.45 Garden time
  • 3.20 Wash hands
  • 3.30 Tea
  • 3.50 Group time
  • 4.00 Nappy change
  • 4.30 Free play
  • 5.00 Quiet activities
  • 5.30 Tidy up and carpet time
  • 6.00-6.30 Home time

To find out more about Little Apples Day Nursery in Sanderstead, call us on 020 8686 6246. We are proud to be one of the top day nurseries and pre schools in South Croydon.

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18-20 Sanderstead Road, South Croydon, CR2 0PA

 

Opening Hours:

7.00 am - 6.30 pm every day

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