We open the door, with a big welcome, at 0915 hours and the children and parents/carers come inside. Each child finds and changes into indoor shoes to help with transition between home and nursery. It is a sociable time which enables parents to exchange any information with their Key person or any member of the Team. The child will then engage with an activity of their choosing, say goodbye to the parent and so the morning begins.

Whenever possible the double doors are open allowing free passage between the classroom outside and the classroom inside.

We have an initial work cycle with various mini activities for the children to examine, create, construct and decipher. Adult involvement with the children gives enhancement of play and learning, safety, support when required and help to extend learning and development of each individual child.

All Nursery members tidy up and help practitioners to put away the resources they’ve used. We always have some group singing, sometimes musical instruments and musical movement. After this the children are split into 2 groups: Non Inky Swot members: to hall area for the lavatory, washing hands, nappy changes if applicable. Inky Swot members: circle time in main room for discussion and information exchange on mini topic of the day. The two groups swap these tasks so all children undertake personal hygiene routines and benefit from circle time learning).

The children then collect their name cards and sit at snack table. Children take it in turns to call the register.

After this work cycle 2 begins (same routine as work cycle 1) plus tidy-up.  The outside area is our outdoor classroom and there will be small work areas created as well as the opportunity for using trundle toys, outdoor sand and stone pits and the outdoor kitchen. We will always go outside unless it is torrential rain or dangerous winds: if it is very cold we play group games or use the parachute for example; if it is very sunny we have a large awning and lots of water play.

At the end of the session we have a reflection chat with the children and display the salient learning opportunities taken that day and children’s comments. This is written onto a board so all the parents can see what a busy morning we’ve had.

We finish with some stories. On collection we try to add to the board’s comments with a personal anecdote about your child’s morning.

TimeActivity
9:15Nursery opens
9:15Work cycle 1 begins – indoor and outdoor – various mini activities for the children to examine, create, construct, decipher. Adult involvement with the children gives enhancement of play and learning, safety, support when and help to extend learning and development of each individual child.
10:35All Nursery members tidy up and help practitioners to put away the resources they’ve used.
10:40Group singing, musical instruments, rhymes, musical movement etc.
10:50Circle time in main room for discussion and information exchange on mini topic of the day
11:10Collect Name cards and sit at snack table
Snack time for children: water (available at any time) or milk plus personal snack bought from home (fruit or vegetables)
Register: group counting
11.25 – 12:15 Work cycle 2 begins (same routine as work cycle 1) plus tidy-up
12:15Reflective session with children (displayed for parents outside to provide feedback of the session)
12:20Story time
12:30Children collected by parents/carers

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The best way to get a feel for our environment is to come and visit us.

One of our team will be pleased to show you around the nursery and take you through how we support your child's learning and development.

A typical visit lasts around 20-30 minutes and you can use this handy online form to arrange a date and time. Please note that pre-school visits are generally at 10:00, and day nursery visits are at 10:30 and 15:30.

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Seahorse Nursery School
55 Southdean Gardens
Southfields, SW19 6NT

Seahorse Day Nursery
ACE Building. Albemarle School
Princes Way
Southfields, SW19 6JP