A typical day
We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.
Our sessions run from 8.45am to 11.45am and 12.45pm to 3.15pm with lunch from 11.45am to 12.45pm. We are open from 8.30am and children can stay for the lunch hour. Children can bring their own packed lunch or have one provided by Fairford Primary school (pre-ordered and paid for online by parents).
Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity – and are encouraged – to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided indoors. We have a large outside play area and covered classroom. We also have the opportunity to attend Forest School, run by the Ernest Cook Trust.
Timetables and routines
Our setting believes that care and education are of equal importance in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up their time in the setting are provided in ways that:
- help each child to feel that she/he is a valued member of the setting;
- ensure the safety of each child;
- help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group; and
- provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning.
The setting makes snacks and meals a social time at which children and adults eat together. We plan the menus for snacks so that they provide the children with healthy and nutritious food. Do tell us about your child’s dietary needs and we will make sure that these are met.