Our morning routine starts with a welcome to all families, followed by any important messages for the day. This takes place in the front hall. This is followed by the children saying ‘Goodbye’ to their parent/or carer. The children go through to the main hall, self-register (with adult assistance) and then join a member of staff on the carpet for a brief ‘Show and Tell’ time. This leads on to approximately 10 minutes of Key Group time before the start of uninterrupted indoor and outdoor play for the rest of the morning session. During the morning the children are invited and encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities, as well as joining in with our cafe snack time and singing/music time. The morning session finishes with splitting the children into two groups – those staying for lunch and those going home. The two groups then have a story which is often related to our current topic.
12:00pm – 12:15pm: Story time
12:15pm – 1:15pm: Lunchtime (except on Thursday where those not staying for lunch leave at 12:15pm)
We are now focussing on retrospective and ‘in the moment’ planning for the sessions, although we do plan a loose topic in advance. Activities during the sessions will be a mixture of:
Adult-led play – play opportunities and activities which are organised and led by an adult.
Adult–initiated play – play opportunities set up by adults for children to discover.
Child-initiated play – play in which children choose what and how to play and who to play with.
Lunch and our afternoon sessions
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons we run our sessions from 12:15pm to 2:45pm. Although still very much working ‘In the moment’, during these sessions we aim to develop writing skills, basic number skills and encourage participation in other activities to help prepare the children for Transition to school. We begin the session by having lunch together.