Call Little Engines direct on:

020 8768 5555

We are open from 8am - 6pm

1a Cargreen Road,
South Norwood,
SE25 5AD.

Routines

We have planned a daily routine to help guide us through the day, however this is completely flexible and will be adjusted to the individual needs of children as needed. Routines can be important and as they help children to feel safe and secure and this helps them to adjust to new situations such as starting nursery. All children and families have their own daily routines and we are very aware that we need to know about these and incorporated them into the nursery day as far as is possible in order to aid the settling in process. Included in our welcome pack is a form about daily routines and we will discuss this with the child’s parents/carers prior to their start date.

An example of how the nursery routine may differ for some child may be ‘sleep’ and ‘meal’ times. We may usually serve lunch at 12 noon and have ‘sleep at 1pm however a child may be used to sleeping from 11-12.30 pm and eating at 1pm so we would accommodate the child’s individual needs, allow them to sleep as needed and ensure lunch is saved appropriately for them.

Some examples of the way routines can aid the child’s daily journey and development are:

  • Ease separation from main carer
  • Provide a comforting and reassuring environment
  • Help focus on various parts of the day
  • Shows a passage of time
  • Give an idea of what will happen next
  • Plan ahead
  • Foster cooperation
  • Aids transition from one activity to another
  • Build positive relationships
  • Develop confidence and self esteem
  • Build communities and a sense of belonging
  • Act independently

It is important to allow children to help form routines at the nursery, some ways we do this are:

  • Let children choose how they say goodbye to their parent/carer, e.g. a kiss and cuddle or share a story, bring a favourite toy
  • Ask them to help plan the day, e.g. what activities would they like to do and when, where would they like lunch
  • Sing a welcome/goodbye song and let the children choose whose name to sing as the song goes round the group

Routines should reflect the individual learning needs of all the children and therefore may need to include auditory signals (singing a song/using keywords), visual clues (pictures/photographs/blinking lights), tactile clues (a touch on the shoulder).

 

Nursery Routine

Little Engines Younger Room daily Routine

8:00am

Meet & greet Children & their Parents / Carers & share information with Parents/Carer. Free Play.

8:45am - 9:30am

Breakfast is served. Staff sit with, encourage & support children.

9:30am - 10:00am

Nappy Changing & Toilet / Potty and Hygiene Routines Circle time. Children engage in group songs, rhymes, stories & as appropriate discussion. Preparation for AM / PM trip.

10:00am - 11:15am

Focus Activity & Free Play.Trip out (AM & / or PM) e.g. to the park, library, shop.

11:15am - 11:30am

Lunch preparations. Nappy Changing & Toilet / Potty and Hygiene Routines

11:30am - 12:00am

Lunch is served. Staff sit with, encourage and support children.

12:00 noon - 2:00pm

Sleep time. Nappies and checked / changed as children wake up. Free play with a range of activities.

2:30pm - 2:45pm

Snack time. Staff sit with, encourage and support children.

2:45pm - 3:30pm

Focus Activity & Free Play.Trip out (Am &/or PM) e.g. to the park, library, shop.

3:30pm - 3:45pm

Tidy up & Tea preparations.

3:45pm - 4:15pm

Tea is served. Staff sit with, encourage and support children.

4:15pm - 4:30pm

Circle time. Children engage in group songs, rhymes, stories and as appropriate discussion. Nappy Changing & Toilet / Potty and Hygiene Routines.

4:30pm - 6:00pm

Quiet Free Play & Winding Down to go Home Time - Sharing Information with Parents / Carers


Little Engines Older Room daily Routine

8:00am - 8:45am

Meet & greet Children & their Parents / Carers & share information with Parents / Carers. Free Play.

9:00am - 9:30am

Personal hygiene routines. Breakfast is served. Staff sit with, encourage & support children.

9:30am - 10:30am

Focus Activity & Free Play.Trip out (AM & / or PM) e.g. to the park, library, shop.

10:30am - 10:45am

Snack time. Staff sit with, encourage and support children.

10:45am - 11:30am

Focus Activity & Free Play.

11:30am - 11:45am

Personal hygiene routines (including check / change pull-ups).

11:45am - 12:30pm

Lunch is served. Staff sit with, encourage and support children.

12:30pm - 2:00pm

Sleep time.Quite time.Free play with a range of activities.

2:00pm - 2:15pm

Snack time. Staff sit with, encourage and support children.

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Focus Activity & Free Play.Trip out (Am & / or PM) e.g. to the park, library, shop.

3:15pm - 3:30pm

Personal hygiene routines (including check/change pull-ups).

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Messy play activities

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Tea is served. Staff sit with, encourage and support children.

4:30pm - 4:45pm

Laptop & ICT activities.

4:45pm - 6:00pm

Free Play & Winding Down to go Home Time - Sharing Information with Parents / Carers


Every day your child will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of experiences including art and craft activities, music, song and story sessions, messy play, and outdoor time (weather permitting).

This routine is approximate and very flexible and will not always run to exact time. We endeavour to work to the children’s own individual routines, and needs.