Daily Routine


8:00am – 8:45am: Breakfast at the Snack bar

Children and parents/carers are welcomed; parents/carers are to feedback to the staff on how their child is doing i.e. how their child was that night and in the morning. Practitioners serve the children breakfast with a variety of cereals and toast. This is a sociable time to discuss with children what they would like to do for the day.


8:45am – 9.45am : Free flow

The purpose of free flow activities is to support and encourage children to make their own choices and to be independent learners. Children learn best when they are given autonomy to make choices. Even if this means choosing the same activity over and over again, it is then the role of the practitioner to observe, assess and extend the range of resources and experiences they give to each child in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Practitioners will respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction. In planning and guiding children’s activities, practitioners will reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect these in their practice. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:


9:15am: Nappy Time

Nappy time is yet another time for learning and enjoyment. Interaction with the child is essential.


9:30am – 10:00am: Garden set up

Children help the practitioners to set up the garden; this includes bringing indoors outdoors, for example, paints on the easels, construction, role play area, sand, water and physical activities.


9:45am – 10:00am: Tidy up time

Practitioners encourage children to tidy up and put away the toys in the correct place, the children help to do this with support from the practitioners.


10:00am – 10:15am: Large group time (3 groups)

Large group time brings children and adults together for action songs, cooperative games and projects, movement activities, group storytelling, and other planned learning experiences.

A good morning song is sung each morning and children are asked how they are feeling? An activity then follows.


10:15am – 11:15am: Snack bar open

This is a time throughout the morning when children will have an opportunity to prepare and self- select their own snack. This is known as a rolling snack time, which encourages children to decide if they wish to partake in a small sociable mealtime experience. Children are encouraged to choose and cut up their own fruit and vegetables with a choice of water or milk, to drink. Children are encouraged and supported to wash up their own cutlery once they have finished; this is to promote choice and independence skills.


10:30am – 11:30am: Small group time

(Planned adult focussed activity): Group sessions are approximately 15 to 20 minutes dependent on the age and stage of development. The practitioners will consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child in their care, and will use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each child in all of the areas of learning and development. Practitioners working with the youngest children are expected to focus strongly on the three prime areas, which are the basis for successful learning in the four specific areas of the EYFS.


11:40am – 12:00noon: Tidy up time

During this time a few children will help to set up the lunch table to promote a sense of responsibility and the rest of the children will sit down for an action song or conversation on the carpet. The children are then called in small groups to wash their hands ready for lunch.


12:00noon – 12:45pm: Lunch time

This is a social time for staff and children to eat and interact together providing opportunities for practitioners to role model good table manners i.e. please and thank you and the use of knives and forks. The children are encouraged to serve their own lunch, pour their own drink and consider their friends.


12.45pm: Nappy time/toileting

Yet another time for learning and enjoyment. Interaction with the child is essential!


1:00pm – 3:00pm: Sleep/rest time

It is very important for all children to have an opportunity to either sleep or have a rest during their day this is a time where their bodies and minds get to recharge. Children are provided with their own sleep bag, which is labelled with their name and houses their blankets.


1:00pm – 3:30pm: Free flow inside and outside / Nappies and Toileting

Between these times the children partake in quiet, chilled, relaxed activities, where they can have a rest and reflect on the day they’ve had.

3:30pm – 3:45pm: Tidy up time

Children help to tidy away some of the toys indoors and outdoors. They then prepare for tea.


3:45pm – 4:15pm: Tea

This is a social time for all practitioners and children to interact together discussing the day’s events.


4:15pm –6.00pm: Free-flow/ Wind down/Home Time

After tea the children will sit on the carpet for a short story or be involved in a story sack session. Between, 4.30–5.30pm the children will engage in free flow activities of their choice, the children’s nappies will be checked or they will be encouraged to use the toilet. 5.30-6.00pm the children will engage in quiet wind down activities. Weather and light permitting the children will have access to the garden where they will take part in-group games.