Our day at Preschool

9 am: Registration

For the older children and those ready for more structure, registration is in the main playroom. Children due to go to school in September ‘sign in’ by tracing over the first letter of their name (or tracing over their whole name, if they can!). We discuss the activities available that day and remind children how important it is to use kind hands and kind words while playing, and how they can use the sand timer to independently ensure everyone gets their turn with popular toys.

For the younger children, playtime starts straight away in the quiet room, where they can enjoy activities specially selected for their age group until the snack bar is open.

9.15 am – 11.35 am: Playtime

There are a variety of child-led and adult-led activities available in the playroom, quiet room and the balcony area, which includes a large shaded balcony and an area for bikes, scooters and scuttlebugs.

During this time, there may also be:

  • trips to the shop (to buy items for snack time)
  • library visits
  • nature walks
  • fun and exercise in the playground
  • music and dance sessions
  • circuits sessions

10 am: Snack bar opens
We run a ‘rolling’ snack bar from 10 a.m., allowing the children to choose their snack from a selection of fruit and breadsticks. Milk and water are also available.

11.35 am -11.45 am: Circle time

This could be a group activity, an object hunt, a Talking Box session or a discussion about items the children have brought in from home for the weekly themes. Sometimes the children may be separated into groups for different activities.

11.45 am – noon: Storytime

Noon – 1 pm: Lunchtime

The children eat their packed lunches together, under the close supervision of staff. We encourage them to try their best to open packets before we step in to help, as this helps to develop both their independence and the motor skills and finger strength they need for good pencil control. Once children have finished their lunch, they take part in quieter activities or look at books until their friends are finished.

1 pm -2.40 pm: Playtime

There are a variety of child-led and adult-led activities available in the playroom, quiet room and the balcony area, which includes a large shaded balcony and an area for bikes, scooters and scuttlebugs.
During this time, there may also be:

  • library visits
  • nature walks
  • fun and exercise in the playground
  • 2.40 pm – 3 pm Storytime

    3 pm Home time