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A typical routine

Please note these routines are only examples. Routines remain very flexible to accommodate children's varying individual needs. Periods of rest and feed times always reflect the needs of the child and wishes of the parents and may not adhere to meal-times as detailed below.

0-2 year olds

Time of day
Activity
8.00 am
Free play - children choose from a variety of toys; this helps to encourage personal and social, physical and intellectual development.
9.30 am
Nappies - individual attention.
10.00 am
Snack time - biscuit and bottle if needed, water if not.
10.30 am
Sensory play - water or sand play, pasta, jelly, etc. Children have the opportunity to explore the world around them and experience new sensations using all their senses.
11.15 am
Nappies.
11.30 am
Lunch time - social time, learning from each other and from adults.
After lunch
Quiet/sleep time, play with toys such as construction sets (including bricks, Duplo®, Magnetto), encourages children to develop hand-to-eye co-ordination.
2.00 pm
Nappies.
2.15 pm
Art and craft activities - creating pictures with textured paints, bright colours and different tools, including various parts of the body.
3.00 pm
Drink as needed on an individual basis, indoor or outdoor play.
4.00 pm
Tea time - social interaction with peers and adults.
4.30 pm
Nappies.
4.45 pm
Free-play or outdoor play, the latter offering fresh air and a new sensory environment.

2-3 year olds

Time of day
Activity
8.00 am
Free play - Children choose from a variety of toys; this helps to encourage personal and social, physical and intellectual development.
9.15 am
Register and story.
9.30 am
Craft activities - painting/gluing/ junk modelling/collage; these activities help to promote the children's fine and gross motor skills, and extends their experiences of different textures.
10.00 am
Snack time - encourages social interaction.
10.30 am
Construction play - Sticklebricks, Duplo®, building blocks; these activities help the children to develop their hand and eye coordination and problem-solving skills.
11.20 am
Nappies.
11.30 am
Story and singing.
12 noon
Lunch.
After lunch
Register and story, quiet/sleep time.
2.00 pm
Nappies.
2.15 pm
Outside play - Bikes, balls, swings and slide; these activities increase the children's physical development, increase their coordination and encourage their social skills.
3.00 pm
Snack Time.
3.15 pm
Free-play - books, puzzles, rockers, prams and dolls, kitchen, workbench. These activities help the children's imaginative play and allow them to re-enact familiar situations, as well as try out new ideas.
4.00 pm
Construction and imaginative play. Nappies.
4.15 pm
Tea - Social interaction.
4.45 pm
Free-play or outdoor play.

3-5 year olds

Time of day
Activity
8.00 am
Free play and settling-in time. Children socialise with each other and with staff, make choices and settle down for their day.
9.15 am
Register and discussion, children learn to listen and gain confidence in speaking to and in front of others.
9.30 am
Children access a range of adult supported and free choice activities, offering them learning experiences in all areas of the curriculum.
10.30 am
Snack time.
10.45 am
Outdoor play or group activities allow children to develop skills of co-operation when working and playing with their peers.
11.30 am
Story and singing.
12 noon
Lunch-time allows children to socialise in small groups with their peers and staff.
1.00 pm
Free play and quiet time. Those children who need a period of rest are encouraged to sleep in a quiet area at this time.
1.30 pm
Register and discussion allowing children who have joined for the afternoon session to share their news.
1.45 pm
Activities such as craft, music and role-play are introduced to broaden children's experiences.
3.00 pm
Snack time.
3.15 pm
Outdoor play and physical activities encourage children's muscle development, increase their co-ordination and contribute to their confidence.
4.15 pm
Afternoon tea of sandwiches with varied fillings and fresh fruit.
4.45 pm
Free play and independent choice of activities.