A Typical Day

7.30 am - 8.00 am

Early parent/carer drop-off

8.00 am - 9.00 am

Parent/carer drop-off

Free-flow - healthy communal breakfast at the tables.

9.00 am - 9.30 am

Story time/Circle time/Group sessions

Supported by the key person.

9.30 am - 10.30 am

Free play, free flow garden time

Healthy morning rolling snack.

10.30 am - 11.30 am

Focused learning activities

A variety of learning and play activities both indoors and outdoors:
(outings, yoga, cooking sessions, literacy, mathematics, physical development, learning about emotions, singing and personal hygiene including oral hygiene etc).

11.30 am - 12.00 pm

We have a flexible approach to lunch times for your children, which depends on their age, stage and ability.

We will work with you to make sure that we meet any dietary or religious food requirements that your child may have.

12.00 pm - 1.00 pm

Free play, free flow garden time

12.00 pm - 2.00 pm

Babies & Toddlers: Quiet / sleep time

1.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Afternoon focused learning activities

Both indoors and outdoors.
Healthy afternoon rolling snack.

3.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Story time/Circle time/Group sessions

Supported by the key person.

3.30 pm - 4.00 pm

A healthy teatime together in the rooms

4.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Parent/carer pick-up

A combination of child-led and adult-led activities.

This is a general guide to our daily routine at First Day Nursery. Your child’s routine is subject to the sessions your child attends (full day session, AM/ PM session). 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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Environment and Experience

As children’s senses develop in the early years, they can easily become overstimulated. At First Day Nursery we have created a natural environment that children are happy to explore. Amongst the calming spaces, our children have access to a wide range of stimulating learning opportunities and a variety of resources to investigate. Within each room there are quiet places to rest and reflect, communication-friendly spaces to talk with friends, areas designed to spark creativity and imagination, things to question and count, sensory trays to explore, and places to read or write.

At First Day Nursery, we have space to play, explore and learn.
The rooms in the nursery are as follows: Baby Room (3 months – 2 years), Toddler Room (2 – 3 years), Little Learners and Pre-School Room (both of which are for 3-5 years).

Both our garden areas are used as outdoor learning spaces with a wide range of learning experiences intended to nurture your child’s imagination. Children are given the opportunity for free-flow garden time throughout the day.

Part of our ethos is providing all children and staff with a clean and healthy environment. To maintain a clean environment all staff and children change from outdoor to indoor shoes on arrival. Visitors at the nursery are provided with shoe covers to minimize cross infection.

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Our Community

Outdoor learning is an integral part of our culture at First Day Nursery. We believe that when children are connected to nature, they begin to develop a respectful relationship and learn to value our natural world and the community they live in. We understand the importance of using the environment outside the nursery boundaries to give children the opportunity to learn from, and be part of, their local community. It is important for the children to build a sense of community from a young age, to learn about where they fit in, and to begin to understand the value of having local services. Through our local outings to the fire station, dentist, GP services, learning to use public transport and visits to the local shops, we ensure children are connecting to their community and understanding the world they live in.

Supporting our local community is valued highly at First Day Nursery. We work in partnership with local independent businesses to promote their services to our parents and carers, providing parents with relevant information to access local services.

At First Day Nursery we work parallel with the Redbridge Early Years and health professionals offering parents and carers with necessary advice and support for children in our setting.

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