Daily room routines

Settling In schedule

We aim to ensure your child's introduction to our setting is as stress free as possible. Once a place has been offered, we aim to achieve this by inviting you and your child to visit the nursery prior to your child's official start date. This helps to familiarise your child with the nursery, the nursery staff and the other children, and provides the opportunity to give your journey a trial run.

A child who is tense or unhappy will not be able to play or learn properly, so it is important for parents/carers and staff to work together to help the child feel confident and secure in the group. This takes longer for some children and parents/carers should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle. You must be prepared to accept that it may take some time for your child to adjust to the nursery but very few children fail to settle eventually. We find that staying with your child and then leaving him/her for short periods eases the separation process. Please remember, the more your child comes and experiences the activities on offer and sees you interacting with the staff, the more settled s/he will feel. To see our recommended programme to introduce your child to life at the nursery, please refer to the Settling-in Procedure in the Procedures section of this document.

In the unlikely event that your child does not seem to settle at the nursery we will review the situation with you and discuss the options, including termination of the contract. Such termination is at the sole discretion of the Nursery Manager.

Day 1:  10am - 11.00am 
We suggest that you stay with your child and spend an hour together in the nursery setting. This will normally be enough for your child's first day. 

Day 2:  10am - 11.30am            
You will be invited to accompany your child for one and a half hours in the appropriate unit. All being well, you will be encouraged to leave your child for half an hour during this time to see how well they manage on their own. 

Day 3:  10am - 12.30pm 
By day three your child may be ready to stay by him/herself for the whole of the morning session and be collected after lunch at 12.30pm. Do not be concerned if this is not the case: some children arrive on Day 1 as if they have been coming to the nursery for years but others will take a little longer to settle in. 

Day 4:  10am - 3pm 
We recommend that your child stays by him/herself until after sleep time at 3pm. 

Day 5:  10am - 4pm 
We recommend that your child stays by him/herself until after tea at 4pm. 

Baby room

Baby room is for children age 3 months to approx 12 - 14 months

Daily room routine

◾ 8.45 to 10.15am: arrivals and free play
◾ 10.30am: focused activities
◾ 10.45am: nappy changes
◾ 11am: group time
◾ 11.15am: lunch time
◾ 12.00 to 2.00pm: sleep time
◾ 2 pm: milk time and nappy changes
◾ 2.15 to 3.00pm: free play
◾ 3.15pm: tea time
◾ 4pm: nappy changes
◾ 4.15pm: songs and rhyme time
◾ 4.30 - 6.15pm: free play and home time  
 

Freya’s day  

Freya greeted me with a hug this morning, and we said our goodbyes to her mummy.

First, our room settled down for circle time and we all sang some nursery rhymes. Freya wanted to sing ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’, which we did, with all the actions.

Then we had 'messy play' exploring different paint colours. Freya preferred to paint herself rather than the paper, but we cleaned up her face and hands afterwards, so that she wouldn't  go home looking like a walking rainbow.  

She ate well at lunch.  We had fruit for desert; grapes are her favourites. I gave her two grapes at a time, and Freya kept asking for "more, more, more please!"  

Finally, it was time for Freya to get some sleep. Her special sleep comforter is to hold my hand and stroke my palm until her little eyes close.

As the we had wonderful weather today we decided to visit our local play park. Freya really enjoys swinging on the swings. Then we had fun on the slide going up and down again and again.   

Back at the Nursery we had a creative play session, sticking different colour tissue onto paper. We left the completed work aside to dry so Freya can take it home later.    

Home time:  When her mummy picked Freya up, she greeted her with a big hug and said her good byes. 

Twennie room

The Tweenie room is for children aged approx 12 - 14 months to 2 years

Daily room routine

◾ 8.45 to 10.15am: arrivals and free play 
◾ 10.30am: focused activities 
◾ 10.45am: nappy changes 
◾ 11am: group time 
◾ 11.15am: lunch time 
◾ 12.00 to 2.00pm: sleep time 
◾ 2 pm: milk time and nappy changes 
◾ 2.15 to 3.00pm: free play 
◾ 3.15pm: tea time 
◾ 4pm: nappy changes 
◾ 4.15pm: songs and rhyme time 
◾ 4.30 - 6.15pm: free play and home time

Lily’s day

Lily greeted the staff with a big smile. Her dad said "good morning" to us and then she said "good morning". As soon as her Dad opened the door to the room, Lily called out to her friends and joined the group.

Lily helped to hand out the morning snacks of dried banana and bread sticks to her friends. We had fun eating the snacks and having a sing-a-long session. Lily's favourite song is ‘The Wheels on the Bus’, which she sang out loud and confidently, adding the actions.  

Then it was time for creative play. Lily used some chalk to do make some marks, then walked around the room and showed her work to everyone.

Lily ran to the sink, to be the first to wash her hands for lunch time. She ate all her lunch and asked for more; when she finished she held her plate up and said "Lily finished" and "Lily wash hands".

When it came to sleep time, Lily looked for her bed but ended up sitting on another child’s sleep mat. She patted the child whilst saying "Sleep time, sleep time", before finding her own bed. Then she took her dummy from her Key Person and laid down for her nap.

Lily woke up for our afternoon Hip Hops Tots dance session; she really seemed to enjoy herself, jumping around, clapping and shouting.

Time for tea next, followed by playing in the garden. Lily sat on the see saw, but she decided she wasn't enjoying it because the child on the other side was going too fast for her liking. Lily got off the see saw and we found her something else to do instead: playing the musical panels and singing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’.

When Lily’s daddy came to pick her up at home time, she greeted him with a big hug and said her goodbyes.

Toddler room

The toddler room is for children aged 2 to 3 years

Daily room routine

◾ 8.45am: nursery opens 
◾ 10.00am:circle time and snack 
◾ 10.15am:adult led activities and outings 
◾ 11.00am:nappy time 
◾ 11.15am:lunch time 
◾ 12.00pm:brush teeth and sleep time 
◾ 2.30pm: wake up and free play 
◾ 3.15pm: tea time 
◾ 3.45pm: nappy time 
◾ 4.00pm: finish any activities and free play 
◾ 5.30pm: tidy up time 
◾ 5.45pm: garden time or quiet time with books, puzzles etc

Leo’s day

Leo is new to the toddler room, just starting his third week.  

He had a fun morning today, and there was lots of laughing and jumping going on in the room.

First he went running to the book corner to join three boys who were playing with the cushions. They were throwing them up in the air and laughing every time the cushions fell on their heads.

Later, Leo went to our toy garage and played with the cars there for a long time, making engine noises.

After a while, Leo took one of the cars with him back to the book corner, but this time decided to choose a book. He looked at the pictures while holding the car in his hand. I went over to Leo and asked if he’d like me to read to him. Leo gave me the book straight away and I sat next to him, reading it out loud while he pointed at the pictures. This will really help him with his speech and literacy development

At lunch time, all the children sat down next to each other. Leo, still clutching his car, sat next to his friend. One of the staff put Leo’s apron on, and asked if she could have the car, which Leo then gave to her. Leo waited patiently for his plate and was asked to say “thank you”. When he got his food, Leo said "Ta!", with a big smile on his face.

Pre-school room

The pre-school room is for children aged 3 to 5 years

Daily room routine

◾ 8.45am: nursery opens
◾ 8.45-10.00am: free play
◾ 10.00am: group time and snack
◾ 10.15am: adult led activities and outings
◾ 11.30am: lunch time
◾ 12.30pm: brush teeth and sleep time
◾ 2.30- 3.00pm: wake up and free play
◾ 3.15pm: tea time
◾ 4.00pm: finish any activities and free play
◾ 5.45pm: tidy up time
◾ 6.15pm: nursery closes

Sarah's day

A child's typical day in Hungry Hippos

Sarah loves coming to the nursery. Today she ran straight to her play room looking for me, I gave her a big hug. She waved goodbye to her dad and began to tell me all about her practice runs for sports day. I said I had a surprise for her: "Great! We're going to Lincoln's Inn Fields later, so you can show me how well you run".

 I held hands with Sarah all the way there, because she said she didn’t want to be in walking reins. As we approached the road she shouted: "Everyone stop and wait for the green man!".

When we reached the park, Sarah dashed towards the tall oak tree and ran around it, chased by her friends from the nursery. She fell to the ground laughing, her friends landing on top of her in a big bundle.

"Let's race now", she said, and ran to Nursery Assistant Anthony, who'd prepared a start line for the race. Each child was encouraged to run on their own, then to race each other. "On your marks, get set, go" and off she ran, cheered on by her friends. "Yay, I'm fast" she said when she crossed the line (she came in sixth place, but it didn’t matter). "I'm going to run back to Anthony even faster" she said, and off she went. This time she came in fourth. "Well done, Sarah!", we all said.

Back at nursery Sarah said that she was going to eat all her own dinner and mine on top. "Oh no you're not", I said "Oh yes I am", she replied laughing.

She sat at the table next to her friend Michelle and put her wrap on her plate, then spooned some chicken salsa onto it and tried to roll it up. Sarah and Michelle laughed together as the chicken oozed out onto the plate.

After lunch Sarah showed me how well she brushed her teeth. "My teeth are really white now". She then settled down for rest time.

Free play is one of Sarah's favorites time as she can choose whatever she would like to play with.

All the children (and adults) were tired out from the day’s exercise, and Sarah’s eyes were already closing when her parents' came to pick her up

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