Working within a strong and regular rhythm promotes a sense of security and self-confidence. The rhythm of the day, the term and the seasons gives form and structure so that the young child knows what to expect.
Our Daily Rhythm
Morning Care, 9:00 am – 12.00pm
The children are welcome to join in the morning activity or to help with the daily preparation of snack, and then join their friends in free, creative play. When we are done, we begin to tidy up, all working together to put everything back in its home.
We join hands and have circle time where we move together to sing songs, have stories and games, all learned through imitation. Finger games and counting rhymes continue whilst the children take turns to go to the toilet and wash their hands with the assistant.
We sit at the table to enjoy a healthy snack that the children have helped to prepare. We use organic ingredients whenever possible. During snack time there is an opportunity for the children to share their news and listen to each other.
After snack we get ready to play in our space spending an hour outside, whatever the weather. We have a mud kitchen, a playhouse, a sandpit, and plenty of space for the children to explore.
Home Time ~ 12:00 pm
At 12:00 we will then say our goodbyes to those children not staying for the afternoon.
Afternoon Care, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
We welcome the children joining us for the afternoon.
The teacher recites a story by heart, and it is repeated daily for the course of the week so that the children can begin to truly understand it. Stories are chosen carefully around the seasons and carry themes that will support the children’s social and emotional understanding. On special weeks puppet plays will be performed for the children with the eldest children taking part in helping.
The children are encouraged to help set the table for lunch and will sit and eat together.
Child led imaginative play inside or outside. Drawing and crafts are also provided.
All children will have a short rest, which consists of a period of calm and quiet songs and stories.
At 3:00 we will sing our goodbyes and all go home.