8:00am – 8:45am
Breakfast at the Snack bar
Welcome children and families, make sure you ask if either the child if they would like breakfast or their parent. This is a social time to discuss with the children what they would like to do for the coming day. Eg. Activities. Staff to talk to parents about how their child is. i.e Asking how the Childs night was.
Staffs that are eating breakfast must sit with the children at the breakfast table, role modelling and socialising.
8:45am – 11:45am
The purpose of free flow activities is to support and encourage children with make their own choices, empowering them to be independent learners. Children learn best when they are given autonomy to make choices, even if that choice is to play with the same activity over and over again. It is then the role of the practitioner to observes, assess and the range of resources and experiences they give to each child in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage. Practitioners must respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interactions. In planning and guiding children’s activities, practitioners must reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect their in their practice. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:
- Playing and exploring – Children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
- Active learning – Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and
- Creative thinking – Children have and develop their own ideas and develop strategies for doing things.
Nappy change & Toileting
A member of staff are to start changing nappies at this time and encouraging the children to use the toilet i.e. asking them if they need to go to the toilet. Nappy changing is yet another opportunity for learning and enjoyment. Interaction with the child is essential and practitioners should make the most of the one-to-one time.
A member of staff to open up the garden, this means ensuring the indoors is reflected on the outdoors. Practitioners must open up all areas by removing the tar pooling and letting the children choose what they would like to play with, giving them independence.
10:00am – 10:45am
This is a time throughout the morning when children will have an opportunity to prepare and self-select their own snack. Children to be encouraged to choose their own fruit or vegetables with a choice of milk or water. Children are to wash up the plate and/or cup they use, this promotes independence and choice. This is known as a rolling snack time and encourages children to decide throughout the period of time if they choose to partake in a small sociable meal time experience. Therefore, it is essential that practitioners promote this social time. 11:45am *5 minute warning before getting ready for lunch*
Noon - 1:00pm
Children are encouraged to serve up their own food and pour their own water, practitioners will need to support with all children, especially younger children.
This is a social time for all; staff are to interact with the children, role modelling and encouraging manners and the use of knives and forks. Staff members are to sit at the table with the children and eat with them; there must also be a place set up for staff as well as children.
1:00pm – 3:00pm
It is important for all children to have an opportunity to either rest or sleep through their day. In the baby room, children should have their own individual sleep routine and therefore there is no set sleep time.
Children develop and learn best when they are given opportunities to rest and/or have time to sleep. Each child with need different amounts of sleep. If a child is not sleeping, they still need time to rest and therefore are to be encouraged to look at books in the comfy are or play with toys on the carpet are. Staff are to support and read to the children.
The curtains are to be drawn around the blue room carpet area to avoid distraction.
3:00pm - 3:45pm
During this time any children that wake, staff must change their nappies and get them dressed.
3:45pm - 4:15pm
Children are to be supported tidying activities on the carpet and washing their hands by practitioners.
Staff are to engage and extend the children’s learning. Staff need to observe the children and record this on the weekly observation sheet.
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Wind Down/Home Time
We wanted to say a huge thank you for how well you’ve handled the covid pandemic at the nursery. We have felt confidence in your changes from the start, from what you’ve introduced to how you’ve communicated them. The past year has been such a tough time for everybody but it has been touching how you have all always had welcoming and warm smiles! Having been at Oak Hill for almost 2.5 years now we are so pleased we chose to send our children here and look forward to our 3rd joining the team this year! All the nursery staff are lovely and friendly and are the reason our children love coming here. Thank you for everything you continue to do!
Tanya & Rich
We’re very grateful to have Oak Hill as part of our life. My son has so much fun with you. Since he joined he has grown in confidence, language skills and ability to play with others. You are always doing or planning cool activities, when we come it is such a joy to see all the children enjoying themselves. I am really impressed with everyone who works with you, from how fast the staff all learnt my sons name, to how you knew it was his birthday. He is a lucky boy and we are lucky parents.
Oak Hill is a God sent Family!! We could not have asked for better care for our children. Thank you for welcoming our children into the Oak Hill family!! All the practitioners are so caring, warm and make you feel such at ease. I was nervous for my child to start nursery but he has settled in so well like his sister. They enjoy being at Oak Hill and I feel at such ease. Thank you for the exceptional care you all dispense to our children. We are truly grateful!! Nothing but love for you all!!
We would like to say thank you for all the hard work you and the team have put into maintaining a warm and nurturing environment at Oak Hill despite everything that is going on. The past 12 months have been very difficult in many ways. It is so comforting to know that one thing we don't need to worry about is Orson's happiness and wellbeing. That is all credit to you and the team. A big thank you once again.
Helen & Simon
It’s always a nerve wracking time for parents leaving your little one for the first time in any setting. But the Oak Hill team are always so incredibly supportive, friendly and professional. Even during these challenging times, there is a happy atmosphere, with plenty of play, events, and activity happening. We really can’t thank Oak Hill enough.
We continue to be impressed by the high quality of care you provide, even in the worst pandemic to hit this country in 100 years! Our daughter missed her carers and friends so much in the first lockdown, it just went to show what an important part of her life nursery is. It has given her such valuable social skills and we're so pleased that both our children got to spend their time away from home in such a loving and supportive environment. Keep doing what you're doing!