Welcome to Blue room (3-4 year olds)
A Day in the Life of Blue Room Nursery Class
This is what a typical day would hold for your child in Blue Room:
Breakfast is available for children with a Day-care placement and is held in the Community Room. We aim to provide a warm and welcoming start to the day. Familiar staff will be available to help you to settle your child and introduce them to the start of their Nursery Day.
Hello Time/group Time
Children start their Nursery session by self-registering with their parents/carers or Key People. The session starts with Hello Time, which is a short, well planned and whole group session led by a Key Person from your child’s Family Group. Children are all welcomed by name and there is a shared discussion that focuses on the day ahead, the weather and any new information e.g. that it is a rainy day and children will need to wear their wellies in the garden etc. The main focus of the session is introducing the children to the range of learning experiences and opportunities available during the session; offering suggestions about how to interact and make the most of these activities; and sharing a skill or piece of information they may need during the session. The session concludes with a phonics focus, using the children’s names to discuss letter sounds etc, and an opportunity to develop mathematical skills by estimating and counting the number of children in the Group Time.
Morning 9.00- 11.00am
During the main Nursery Session there is a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities, available both indoor and outdoor. The majority of the activities are planned according to the needs and interests of small groups or individual children. Our Nursery children learn through play having first hand experiences with sensory activities which is consistent with the EYFS Guidance. Having an emphasis on play and active learning both indoor and outdoor means that children are motivated and highly involved, and supports them to develop skills, new concepts and positive attitudes. It also enables them to develop their language and communication and concentration. During this period a self-service snack will be available for children. Children are actively encouraged to help with the preparation of the snacks e.g. cutting fruit, counting plates and cups etc.
Children are supported by the Nursery Staff to tidy away the materials they have been working with. This is an extremely valuable experience for children, and there are a range of learning opportunities that children are engaged in e.g. maths (counting back an accurate number of items of equipment) and language (discussing where things belongs etc). It also supports children with their self-help skills and develops a good sense of responsibility for their community and environment, as well as encouraging cooperation and teamwork.
Island Time or Story Groups
Afternoon 3.15- 3.50pm
At the end of sessions children meet in their key groups and their Key Person initially encourages a reflection and review session where children share ideas and discuss what they’ve been doing. This helps children to develop language and communication skills. There is also a planned small group literacy or maths activity, for example sharing a story, working with puppets and number rhymes etc.
Following an initial assessment at the beginning of the Nursery Year, children work in Story Groups a few times a week. This is an opportunity for children to be in a group with peers who are working at a similar level in terms of their literacy learning. This means that children who are at a more advanced level of literacy development can explore more extended texts and have a bigger focus on phonological learning to support early reading etc. In a similar way, it also supports children who need more support with an introduction to simple texts and with using language for communication; they are able to work in a smaller group, having the opportunity to practice these skills.
Home-time or preparation for lunch/tea time
In the morning session, children who are staying for a whole Nursery Day start preparing for lunch at this time e.g. washing hands, helping to lay the table, finding their place etc. At this point, for children who are going home, we welcome parents back into the Nursery to collect their children and Key People are available to share with parents any information about their child’s session.
In the afternoon, children who are staying for the day-care programme start preparing for tea e.g. washing hands, helping to lay the table and finding their place etc. At this point, for children who are going home, we welcome parents back into the Nursery to collect their children and Key People are available to share with parents any information about their child’s session.
Meals are cooked in our own kitchens by our experienced team. We have developed balanced and nutritious menus using fresh seasonal ingredients with the guidance of a dietician. Meal times are important and staff eat with the children encouraging conversation, social interactions and good manners.
Extended Day/After School Club in Blue Room
3.50 - 6.00pmAfter tea time, children on extended day care and After School Club are in Blue Room. This is a more low-key and relaxed time where children are able to wind down from their day. The activities and experiences planned reflect this.