Daily Routine

A typical child’s day at Pathways

Daily routine: A typical child’s day at Pathways

A typical but always flexible guide to the pattern of a child’s day. A balance between child-initiated and adult led activities.

Maximum use is made of outdoor opportunities to promote learning and development.

If we come before 9.00am we choose activities and sometimes play together with our ‘big school’ friends

After 9.00am we choose and play with the toys until all our friends arrive

We have a short ‘wake and shake’ so we are ready to sit down for circle time

We ‘chat on the mat’, in a circle, we make friends, learn to be kind and sing our ‘Hello’ song

We paint, stick, draw, look at books, play number games, build models, explore music, sand and water. We learn to share, to listen, count, play games and do puzzles. The grown ups help us to choose and talk to us a lot. Sometimes we go to the library or for a walk. We play with the cars, trains and all the other toys. We have fun and learn at the same time. We dress up and make cakes. We are very busy. We play inside and outside in groups. Sometimes we go on the computer. We are playing and learning all of the time

We tidy up our activities, wash our hands and get ready for our snack

We choose a healthy snack and drink and sit for a few minutes, we sing our good manners song

We have some physical time in a group so we can be big and strong, we dance, play with parachutes, or go for a walk

We go outside together to play. We learn to climb and balance, throw and catch, hop, skip, jump and ride bikes. We look at books and play in the tents or with the sand

We come in and sit down to listen to a story, learn some letters and sounds, we sing some action nursery and number rhymes

Some friends go home after story, some stay for lunch

After lunch we have a quiet time on the mat, we might watch Postman Pat or look at books

Some more of our friends arrive to chat on the mat. We play and learn indoors and outdoors all afternoon. We have another snack and story

After about 3.30pm some of us go home, but if we stay we eat our tea and play with the ‘big’ children again

At the end of the day everyone has gone home – nobody sleeps here!

We want to come again tomorrow

Your child will be encouraged to join in activities that may be related to a topic or theme. Please talk to

your child at home about these topics.

These may include:

All about me

Stories, songs and rhymes

On the Farm

People who help us


A very limited amount of appropriate children’s TV may be watched for short periods to support learning during some sessions. After 3.30 p.m a suitable children’s video may also be provided to create a homely, relaxed feeling and help children unwind after a busy day.


“Keeping children safe and protecting them from harm or neglect”

Listening to and working with parents

Visitors such as traffic wardens, local policemen

Safety on outings

Missing child policy

Medical procedures

Staff attending child protection courses

Road safety topics – bright clothing, holding hands etc.

Absence due to infections policy

Photograph policy

Fire procedures

Books and stories about staying safe

Nursery security in and outdoors

Child protection policy

Accident book

Food hygiene

“Helping children to enjoy and achieve”

Promotion of the 7 areas of learning through play and fun activities

Planning and assessment of stepping stones and daily routine

Offering lots of choices

Supporting children with SEN

Promoting inclusion, equality and celebrating diversity

“Helping children to make a positive contribution to the setting and the community”

To setting

Taking responsibility – tidying up, helping to sweep the floor, giving things out etc.


Taking care of each other

Looking after property

Taking part in fundraising and special events e.g. picnics, sing songs, parties

Bringing things in to share with others

Making decisions e.g about what new toys they want or what they want for the garden

Contributing to displays

To community

Harvest festival

Visiting local shops

Local walks

Explaining purpose and taking part in charity events

Stay and play sessions

Meeting people

Through Links with schools – assemblies, sports days etc.

A typical child’s day at Pathways