Our Daily Routine

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Early parent/carer drop-off

Free-flow - healthy breakfast offered to the children.

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Parent/carer drop-off

Circle time/Group sessions. 

Supported by the key person.

Child initiated focused learning

All explorations to play are offered both indoors and outdoors.

Some invitations to play include; cooking sessions, local outings, yoga sessions, literacy, mathematics, physical development, creative art sessions, celebrating cultural festivals and promoting self-care routines.

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Garden Time (Nature garden, play space, fish pond areas)

11:30 am - 12.15 pm

Lunch Time

We work in partnership with parents/carers to ensure that we meet any dietary or religious food requirements that your child may have.

12:15 am - 2:15 am

Babies & Toddlers: Quiet / Sleep time

All explorations to play are offered both indoors and outdoors.

Some invitations to play include; cooking sessions, local outings, yoga sessions, literacy, mathematics, physical development, creative art sessions, celebrating cultural festivals and promoting self-care routines.

2:15 am - 4:00 pm

Circle time/Group sessions

Supported by the key person

Afternoon child initiated focused learning

All explorations to play are offered both indoors and outdoors.

Healthy afternoon rolling snack

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Healthy teatime

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Parent/carer pick-up

Child initiated free-play and group sessions.

This is a general guide to our daily routine at First Day Nursery. Personal routines remain very flexible to accommodate children’s unique needs including sleep times, milk routine for babies, nappy change routines, and also toileting needs. These always reflect the needs of the child and wishes of the parents/carer. Throughout the day children learn about the importance of personal hygiene in their daily routines – children are always encouraged and supported to wash their hands before/after mealtimes and personal care, such as wiping their nose and using the toilet.

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Continuous Provision to Learning

At First Day Nursery Hackney our staff are passionate about their environments and seek to offer incredible opportunities to children. 

We work together to provide calm and tranquil play and learning spaces. We have stepped away from the brightly coloured traditions rooms, that overstimulate a child’s brain to a more neutral, cosy and comfortable environment.

At First Day Nursery Hackney, we have space to play, explore and learn.

We operate from two buildings. The rooms in the main nursery building are as follows Baby Rooms 1, Baby Room 2 (both of which are 3 months – 2 years) and Toddler Room (2 – 3 years). In our second building there are two pre-school rooms for ages (3 - 5 years).

At First Day Nursery Hackney, we believe it is essential that we give our children plentiful opportunities to spend time outdoors.

We have three garden spaces (Nature garden, Play Space and Fish Pond). 

Children have access to a fish pound, vegetables gardens, and flower gardens, go on natural hunts collecting natural objects and many more nature base activities. 

The children go out in all weathers, all year round, exploring and learning from the four seasons and environmental changes.

Overall, our outdoor learning spaces provide a rich and dynamic environment for children to learn, grow, and thrive holistically. Through our outdoor spaces children have diverse learning opportunities that cater to individual strengths and interests.

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Our Connection to the Community

At First Day Nursery we believe by involving community members within our nursery, we’re promoting a culture of active citizenship from an early age. Children who witness and participate in community engagement are more likely to grow up valuing and contributing to their communities.

Some of our recent community involvements include:

Road Safety Training and Scooter Training

We work closely with the London Borough of Hackney to promote road safety and scooter safety for our children in the nursery. 

Providing road safety and scooter safety training for children in our nursery offers numerous benefits, promoting their well-being and preparing them for safe interactions with their environment.

Some benefits of Scooter Safety training include:

Early awareness of safety: We have Introduced road safety concepts to our children to helps them develop an understanding of potential road related dangers.

Children have learnt to ride a scooter: Safely skills such as balance, coordination, learning to navigate their surroundings and spatial awareness have developed. These skills contribute to their overall physical development.

Traffic Awareness: Through the training children learn about traffic rules and signals. This helps them understand how vehicles and pedestrians interact.

Pedestrian Skills: Our children have become mindful pedestrians, the training has improved their ability to walk safely alongside roads and crossings.

Incorporating road safety and scooter safety training into our nursery curriculum has provided children with practical skills, awareness, and knowledge that contribute to their overall development and safety.

Intergeneration Project

We work in partnership with St. Joseph's Hospice to offer an intergenerational program for the toddler and preschool aged children. 

This intergenerational program typically involves activities, initiatives, or explorations that bring together our nursery children and the older generations. 

These programs aim to foster positive interactions, mutual understanding, and the exchange of knowledge and experiences between generations. The idea behind such programs is to promote social cohesion, combat ageism, and provide a valuable learning experience for the children and the older adults.

Parent partnership – Stay and Play

Stay and play sessions are scheduled times when parents or carers are invited to stay and actively engage with their child in our nursery environment. 

These sessions are designed to provide an opportunity for parents to participate in their child's early learning experiences and to become familiar with our nursery. 

During a stay and play session, parents and carers might:

Interact with Their Child: Parents/ carers can play, read, explore toys, and engage in various activities with their child. This interaction helps strengthen the parent-child bond and supports the child's development.

Participate in Activities: Parents/ carers might join in on structured activities or play-based learning experiences that are part of our nursery's curriculum.

Peer Interaction: Parents/ carers and children can engage in joint play with other parents and children, fostering social interactions and friendships among both children and adults.

Share Experiences: Parents/carers can exchange experiences with children this allows us to build a supportive community within our nursery setting.

Stay and play sessions are organised to be inclusive and welcoming, providing an opportunity for parents/ carers to actively participate in their child's early learning journey.

Local Trips

At First Day Nursery we understand that local outings offer numerous benefits for our children in the nursery. These outings provide opportunities for learning, exploration, socialisation, and sensory experiences that contribute to their holistic development.

When planning local outings we prioritize safety, choose age-appropriate destinations and activities, and consider the individual needs and interests of the children. Parental consent and supervision are crucial for ensuring the well-being of the children during these outings.

Local outings can involve parents or carers, allowing them to actively participate in their child's learning experiences and build stronger relationships.

We take our children for regular visits and our recent destinations include London Field’s park, Hackney City Farm and Hackney Central Library, these outings are conducted on a weekly basis. 

Local outings allow children to learn through direct experiences. They can see, touch, smell, and hear things in their environment, enhancing their understanding of various concepts like nature, community, and culture. 

We believe through community involvement we have the potential to create a nurturing and enriching environment that benefits children's development, strengthens community bonds, and promotes a sense of shared responsibility for the well-being of all community members.

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