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The various elements of a typical day in one of our Toddler Rooms are described below. The actual timings and composition of the day varies with the weather, seasons and between days of the week.

Arrival – if your child is having a contact book it can be placed in the storage file hanging on the wall ready to be filled with the days activities, sleep times and other information.  The children are welcomed into nursery and the children are encouraged to play with friends/carers.  Parents may speak to staff with any information or questions they may have.


Free play – the tables are set up for different types of play i.e. – construction, imaginative play, toys which encourage fine motor skills. There are also floor-based activities, which help them with their social, emotional and physical development.

The themes vary from month to month but include ideas such as healthy eating, pets, all about me, and different cultural celebrations/festivals, seasons and environment.  The childrens work is displayed on the wall in the Toddler room.


Mid-morning – children are taken to the toilet in a controlled manner, walking there and back in a quiet and orderly fashion and are encouraged to look after their own personal hygiene. During snack time the children are expected to sit nicely and say “please” and “ thank you” thereby improving manners and social skills. A healthy snack is provided by nursery, this includes fruit, veg, dried fruit and rice cakes.


Outdoor play – weather permitting we go outside into the garden and the children learn to become independent with fastening coats, putting on boots etc. Outdoor play allows the children to use their imagination and bond with their peers without being “led” too much by adults. However they are always supervised. If the weather were poor this time would be spent indoors with activities like music and movement, singing, circle games.


Circle time – children develop their spoken skills, build self-esteem and confidence by taking it in turns to speak or listen to others. All children are encouraged to participate.  Everyday they will focus on a different topic i.e., colours, numbers, shapes, threading etc thus developing hand eye co-ordination and listening and communication skills.


Story time/ Singing – this helps to develop their imagination and the children are particularly fond of stories with repetitive lines and rhymes. The children are encouraged to join in with the nursery rhymes and songs.  Story time follows singing.  Story time helps to enhance their story telling skills, it also helps with listening skills and improving attention span.


Lunchtime – after hand washing and visiting the toilet the children sit and eat at small tables where social skills and manners are encouraged.


Sleep - some children will go to sleep after lunch, usually they will sleep until 2:30pm.  This can be adapted to the child’s and parent’s requests.  Comforters can be brought into nursery to aid your child’s sleep.


Afternoon Play – if your child does not have a sleep they will have quiet play, which include table top toys and floor toys.  When everyone is awake we will have outside play, weather permitting.


Afternoon snack – the children are offered an afternoon snack, sometimes a treat i.e. an ice lolly or biscuit, weather permitting we may have snack in the garden.