Premier Nursery Typical Routines
Typical Routine: 0 – 2 years
Free play – children choose from a variety of toys; this helps to encourage personal and social, physical and intellectual development.
Nappies – individual attention
Snack Time – biscuit and bottle if needed, water if not
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.
Lunch time – social time, learning from each other and from adults
Quiet/sleep time, play with toys such as construction sets (including bricks, Duplo), encourages children to develop hand-to-eye co-ordination.
Art and craft activities – creating pictures with textured paints, bright colours and different tools, including various parts of the body.
Drink as needed on an individual basis, indoor or outdoor play
Tea time – social interaction with peers and adults
Free-play or outdoor play, the latter offering fresh air and a new sensory environment
Free play – Children choose from a variety of toys; this helps to
Register and story
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.
Snack Time – encourages social interaction
Construction play – Sticklebricks, Duplo, building blocks; these activities help the children to develop their hand and eye co-ordination and problem-solving skills.
Story & Singing
Register and story, quiet/sleep time
Outside play – Bikes, balls, swings and slide; these activities increase the children’s physical development, increase their co-ordination and encourage their social skills.
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.
Construction and imaginative.
Tea – Social interaction
Free-play or outdoor play
Free play and settling-in time. Children socialise with each other and with staff, make choices and settle down for their day.
Group discussion, children learn to listen and gain confidence in speaking to and in front of others.
Children access a range of adult-supported and free choice activities, offering them learning experiences in all areas of the curriculum.
Outdoor play or group activities allow children to develop skills of co-operation when working and playing with their peers.
Lunch-time allows children to socialise in small groups with their peers and staff.
Free play and quiet time. Those children who need a period of rest are encouraged to sleep in a quiet area at this time.
Children share their news.
Activities such as craft, music and role-play are introduced to broaden children’s experiences.
Outdoor play and physical activities encourage children’s muscle development, increase their co-ordination and contribute to their confidence.
Afternoon tea of sandwiches with varied fillings and fresh fruit.
Free play and independent choice of activities.
Please note that the above is an example only. 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 above.