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A Typical Day

A Typical Day

Our day begins at 8 o'clock when children begin to arrive in the setting. As the children arrive, they receive a warm welcome from the staff.  This is also a valuable time for parents and staff to share any news and information.

The children chose activities from the range of options set up for the day ahead. All sorts of options are available to the children, depending on how the children wish to start their adventurous day! 

By 8.45am all the children have arrived,  and the children gather for ‘Terrific Together Time’ where they sing a welcome song, followed by a whole group session with a learning focus. This typically involves singing simple mathematical rhymes and counting, exploring feelings and emotions, or sharing valuable stories or news from home. 

The children then pursue their own interests through child-initiated play, or depending on the day, take part in various enhancement sessions such as Outdoor Learning, Balanceability, Music, Library Time or one of our physical development sessions. 

During the morning, the children enjoy a healthy snack and drink at our ‘café’. Children are encouraged to pour their own drinks and, as the year progresses, to become more self-sufficient and independent. 

At 11 o'clock the children gather for an adult-led session focussed on early literacy skills. This is typically a session from ‘Letters and Sounds Phase One’ and linked to our ‘Read, Write, Inc’ programme used in the Pre-Prep. As the year progresses these sessions become more focussed on formal phonics but are still delivered with a sense of fun! 

Lunch is cooked in the Prep School kitchen and is always a treat.  Children eat their lunch in the Prep School Hall with the other children in the Pre-Prep, and Nursery staff sit at the tables with them.  This is an important social time, as well as helping the children’s transition into the School.  

After lunch the children play outside until 1 o' clock when the afternoon session begins.

In the afternoons the focus is on pursuing the children’s interests and for the children to have time in groups with their key worker. Activities are varied but all are carefully designed to be enjoyable as well as developmental.  The children can also help themselves to a drink or snack at the afternoon ‘café’. 

As the busy day begins to draw to a close, the children are provided with dinner between 4 o' clock and enjoy a range of self-directed activities until they are collected.  The Nursery School closes at 6 o' clock. 

Take a look at our video at the top of the page A Day in the Life of Nursery to experience the routine of the Wellington School Nursery.