Timetables run on a rolling four weeks, around every quarter these are changed. the children are asked what they would like to see on the time table and when they would like to do things.
Even though there is a timetable, this is flexible. If the children are enjoying a particular activity we may carry on with this rather than moving on or moving on a later time. Likewise if an activity isn’t being enjoyed we may move onto something else. Children always have the choice, if they do not want to participate in something there is always another activity that the child can do, or all toys are easily accessible to all children.
Timetables may change dependent on other things that are going on at that time. They are in place to support planning of activities, to help all children to be involved and to support children to have fun, be challenged, creative, sociable while learning new skills, gain confidence, respect others and make relationships.
Below is a brief description of all of the activities that happen over a four week period.
A chance to choose toys to play with, all toys are easily accessed by all children. All toy boxes are labelled with what is in the box with words and pictures
Structured Play –
Activities that are set out for children to participate in this could be books and puzzles or drawing and play dough
A chance to run about in the fresh air, play in the sand, water with the chalks or the slide or ride ons
Throughout the year we will be making use of the vegetable garden, we will plant seeds, take care of them, harvest them and then use the produce in our meals and snacks.
Arts and Crafts –
We will be doing things like paper mache, salt dough and any other creative craft where we can learn and have fun. Regular pieces of art work will be put on display or come home.
Project Work -
We work on projects throughout the year, things like my family, the seasons, we also celebrate different festivals for child awareness and so we are also to make and learn about different and exciting things. At the end of a project all work will come home.
We aim to cook at least twice every week, we usually make some snacks for the following day or later that day, things like flapjacks or cakes. We will sometimes make things to be taken home.
Sticking and Gluing –
Selection of pre-cut shapes / pictures for children to freely stick and make pictures
Sticker fun –
Selection of stickers and paper so children can freely make up pictures of stickers
Singing / Rhyme time –
Out come the musical instruments or even the saucepans, we sing, play instruments; learn songs and rhymes with props
Music and movement –
Music on and time to get up and dance or pretend to be trees in the wind or big brave lions or elephants, lots of fun to be had by all
This is where we make a list of the ingredients that we need for the cooking session, we go to the shops and everyone has to help find the ingredients and tick them off the list, we queue and pay and carry them home ready for the cooking session
Local Out and About –
Consists of a walk to the park, a woodland walk, looking out for things and ticking them off on a worksheet, collecting things to do arts and crafts like leaves, sticks etc
Toddler Groups –
We will attend toddler groups a couple of times a week during term time. This is a chance to mix with other children and child minders, to play with different toys and be in different surroundings.
Walk to the library where we will read books and also choose books to borrow and bring back to the setting
Story time –
Gather round for a chance to hear a couple of stories and look at books
Circle Time –
This happens on a Monday morning, we all gather round and listen to what people have been up to, look at the things that they have bought to show us. A chance to respect each other.
Quiet Time –
A cushion, a cover, the room dimmed, quiet music, something quiet on the television. A chance to “chill out” recharge or even take a nap. This happens each day after lunch.
School Runs –
Pick up the older children from school but these will be fun and educational, talking about what we have seen, road safety, eye spy etc
We may go further afield for an outing, warning of these will be given, a risk assessment will be written up and I will ask that admission fees are paid if we are going to somewhere like a zoo etc.
Travelling teddy –
We do have a travelling teddy, (Ted) he wishes to come home with you all in turns, come on holiday and come along on days out. He likes to have his photo taken to go in his album and likes to be taken to do lots of exciting things. Please ask to book him in if you do have a spare space on holiday, or room for a little one on a day out.