Nursery Life at St Nicholas Avenue

Daily routine

Different monthly topics provide the focus for daily activities. Here are examples of a standard day at Little Learners.

Babies

7:30am Day starts
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Nappy-changing
9:30am First activity
10:15am Water and snacks
10:30am Second activity
11:15am Nappy-changing
11:30am Lunch
12:30pm Sleep
1:30pm Nappy-changing and free-play
2:00pm Water and snacks
2:15pm Third activity
3:30pm Teatime
4:00pm Nappy-changing
4:30pm Free-play
5:15pm Quiet time, stories and singing
6:30pm Day ends

Pre-school

7:30am Day starts
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Circle time and stories
9:30am First activity
10:15am Milk, water, and snacks
10:30am Second activity
11:30am Lunch
12:30pm Sleep and free-play
1:30pm Show and tell
2:00pm Milk, water, and snacks
2:15pm Third activity
3:30pm Teatime
4:00pm Free-play
5:00pm Milk
5:15pm Quiet time, stories, and singing
6:30pm Day ends

Mealtimes

Our mealtimes are 11:30am.

Mealtimes are fun, sociable occasions when staff and children eat together. In fact, we encourage our children to get involved in cooking. They often discover new things that they like and grow fonder of vegetables having been involved in preparing them!

We take great care with food hygiene, and the nursery has an on-site chef who produces a delicious four week healthy-eating menu that changes according to the seasons and availability of produce. All the food is freshly prepared on site and nutritionally balanced with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to ensure a healthy diet. You can take a look at our summer menu here.

We take dietary requirements very seriously and ensure that staff know if your child has allergies or other requirements, such as religious observances.

Millie’s Mark certifies that all our staff members that work with children have a qualification in paediatric first-aid, and that we have an extensive first aid processes in place. You can view our certificate here.

Keeping up with your child’s progress

In addition to the staff making themselves available at the beginning and end of each day, Little Learners also uses the Tapestry App. This provides a daily insight into all the learning and fun that your child is having at nursery allowing you to keep up to date with what your child is up to each day.

Your child’s keyworker will upload photos of your child involved in activities and include notes on what they have enjoyed, comments they have made and their progress. You can also do the same: uploading photos of activities from home or days out that you’d like to share with the nursery.

Tapestry can be downloaded onto your smartphone and was specially developed by a former primary school teacher, nursery manager and Local Authority for use in early year’s education, meaning that it is very safe and secure. You will only be able to see your child’s journal.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, which is focused on seven key areas.

Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feeling and behaviour

Physical development

  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self-care

Communication and language

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking
Specific Areas

Literacy

  • Reading
  • Writing

Mathematics

  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measure

Understanding the world

  • People and communities
  • The world
  • Technology

Expressive arts and design

  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being imaginative

Inset days

Three inset days per year (usually at the start of the year, Easter and end of the summer period) allow staff to develop their knowledge and keep updated in important aspects of childcare so that we continue to deliver an excellent service. We will always give you plenty of notice of when these dates are, so you can plan accordingly.

Qualified staff

Our staff are all suitably qualified and we strongly believe in having a plan of continuous professional development for each of our practitioners. This is so that we always offer an environment that is not only very safe, but also provides an atmosphere where your child thrives and develops.

All our staff are paediatric first aid trained meaning that they have all the skills necessary to deal with anything from a bumped knee to a more serious injury requiring a health care professional.

Meet our pets!

By interacting with Belle, our nursery guinea pig, the children are directly exposed to personal, social and emotional areas of learning, where they can begin to understand skills such as caring and compassion. The children assist in taking care of Belle, such as helping to clean her page and prepare her food, which helps to develop fine motor skills. We also use Belle to help the children better understand the world, such as exploring the foods we gave her and the lifecycle of animals.

We’re eager to introduce many different types of animals to the children’s learning. In the past, we have observed ducklings and chicks hatch, tadpoles develop into frogs, and caterpillars become beautiful butterflies. Our next adventure is to watch ladybirds grow to adulthood and be released back into the wild.