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
We wash our hands to keep the germs away before we start to play.
After 9.00am we choose, play and talk to each other, until the rest of our friends arrive and was their hands
We have a short ‘wake and shake’ so we are ready to sit down for our circle time
We ‘chat on the mat’, in a circle, we make friends, learn about being kind, talk about our feelings and sing our ‘Hello’ song. If we are little we have tummy time, massage and mirror play.
We play, learn and explore. We paint, stick, draw, look at books, play number games, build models, and explore music, sand and water. We learn to listen, to count, to communicate and to create. The grown ups help us to choose and talk to us a lot. Sometimes we go to the library, the fields or for a walk. We play with the cars, trains and all the other toys provided. We have fun and learn at the same time. We dress up in the role play and make cakes. We are very busy and happy. We play inside and outside in groups. Sometimes we go on the computer. We are actively playing and learning all of the time
We tidy up our activities, and get ready for our snack; some of us have our nappies changed and the rest of us go to the toilet and wash our hands
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 to help us grow strong, sometimes we feel our hearts beat and we dance, play with the parachute, or even go for a walk to get some exercise, we learn how to keep ourselves healthy and clean our teeth
We go outside together to play. We learn to climb and balance, to throw and catch, hop, skip, jump and ride bikes. We look at books and play in the tents or with the sand or water.
We come in and sit down to listen to a story, we learn about letters and sounds, we sing some action nursery and number rhymes, sometimes we sign or sing songs from other countries, we
Some friends go home after story, some wash their hands and stay for lunch,
After lunch we have a quiet time on the mat, doing puzzles or looking 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 storytime.
After about 3.30pm some of us go home, but if we stay we eat our tea and sometimes, we play with the ‘big’ children again, if we are on a school site
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 mini-topic or theme. Please talk to
your child at home about these topics.
These may include:
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 healthy and protecting them from harm or neglect
COVID-19 Risk Assessment
Child Protection Policy and Procedures
Photographic Image Policy
Missing Child Procedure
Designated Safeguarding Lead and Trained Staff
Administration of Medicines
Exclusion Due to Illnesses or Infections policy
Accident Record and First Aiders
Visitors such as traffic wardens, local policemen
Collection and Intruder Procedure
Helping children to achieve outcomes
Knowing children’s unique needs and interests
Teaching through the Three Characteristics of Effective Learning
Promoting of the 7 Areas of Learning through age appropriate teaching and learning
Key Person and Continuous Provision Planning
Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and.or disabilities
Promoting inclusion, equality and celebrating diversity
Helping children to make a positive contribution to the setting and the community
To the 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
Visiting local buildings and shops
Going for local walks
Taking part in school events
Twinning with other settings
Visitors in the setting