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Young children are very creative beings: throughout the day we give children many opportunities to explore their creativity. People often presume that being creative should have an end result; however, we believe the adult should not determine the outcome of the experience for the child. The adult’s role is to provide for and to scaffold the children in their learning. We believe that the learning processes children go through in their play and activities are more important than the end product.

Play opportunities are provided for the children by familiar staff who observe and record the children’s interests and patterns of learning. Activities are specifically designed to meet each child’s individual needs and interests.

At Little Steps we have a wide variety to toys and equipment to encourage your child to explore the world in their own time. We have IT equipment, soft play, giant Lego, dress up and plenty more. We also have a wonderful tailor made garden area with climbing frame, artificial grass, bike track, muddy corner, play house and custom built outdoor classroom. Each child has wellies and waterproofs at nursery so we don't let the weather hold us back from outdoor fun. Have a look at our gallery for some photographs of the garden.

How does this all fit into the Early Years Foundation Phase in Wales Curriculum? We plan ahead, using the 'SEVEN AREAS OF LEARNING' to ensure that exciting and age appropriate activities are provided on a day to day basis. Each room has a planning sheet which is clearly displayed on the wall. This is displayed beside the daily room routines (See Below)

Exploreres
0 - 24 Months Daily Routine

This routine must be displayed and used alongside the Mealtime Hygiene Procedure and Daily Planning Sheets. (Please note that this routine is flexible depending on the needs of individual children)

7.30 – 8.45                  Bore da! Good morning!

Breakfast time with Explorers in Main Room

8.45 – 9.30                  Settle into Explorers Room.

*Focused Activity 1 and set up Explorers Activities

9.30 – 10.00                  Nappy change, milks and naps

Discovery Activities

10.00 - 10.15                 Morning fruit snacks, a little drink and refresh

Prepare for Outdoor Time - (coats on, prepare buggies, risk assessment, walk sheet, first aid kit, mobile phone)

10.30 – 11.30                 Structured Activity (Walk/Outdoor Classroom/ Garden/ Indoor activity)

11.30 – 11.50                 Explorers Circle Time (e.g. musical instruments, stories, bubble play) One staff member prepare equipment for lunch. Nappy check.

11.55                 Children seated, hands washed

12.00                 Lunch followed by nappy changes, prepare for naps and set up Discovery Activity

12.30 - 1.30                 Snoozes and Explorers Activities

Practitioners prepare for Focused Activity

1.30 – 2.00                 Wakey wakey, nappy check, refresh, a little drink.

2.00 – 3.00                 Focused Activity 2

(Walk/Outdoor Classroom/ Garden/ Indoor activity) One member of staff prepare equipment for afternoon tea.

3.00 – 3.30                 Refresh and enjoy Afternoon Tea. Nappy checks. Prepare Discovery Activities

3.30 – 4.00                 Explorers Activities

4.00 – 4.30                 Structured Activity

4.30 – 5.00                 Nappy changes and music fun

5.00 – 6.00                 5 p.m. munchies, free play and goodbyes……see you next time!

Staff preparations for following day’s Focused Activities/Dayshare

Discoverers
24 - 36 months Daily Routine

This routine must be displayed and used alongside the Mealtime Hygiene Procedure and Daily Planning Sheets. (Please note that this routine is flexible depending on the needs of individual children)

7.30 – 8.45                 Bore da! Good morning!

Breakfast time with Explorers and Inventors in Main Room

8.45 – 9.00                 Settle into Discoverers Room

Hang up coats, nappy checks, prepare children for potty training

9.00 – 9.20                 Amser Bore Da! Circle Time

Welcome, make plans for the day ahead.

9.20 – 9.50                 *Focused Activity 1

9.50-10.00                 Amser Tacluso! Nappy Changes and wash hands

10.00 – 10.15                 Morning fruit snacks, a little drink and refresh

10.15 – 10.30                 Supervised free play/prepare for outdoor time -coats on, risk assessment, walk sheet, first aid kit, mobile phone. Encourage potty trainers to use the toilet prior to walk

10.30 – 11.30                 Structured Activity (Walk/Outdoor Classroom/ Garden/ Indoor activity)

11.30 – 11.50 Discoverers Story, Song and Rhyme

Story linking to theme, phonics and numbers

11.55 Children seated, hands washed, aprons on

12.00 – 12.30                 Lunch

12.30 – 12.45                 Teeth brushing, nappy changes, prepare for naps or prepare for home.

12.45 – 1.45                 Naps and Quiet time/Discoverers Activities

1.45 – 2.00                 Wakey wakey, drinks, nappy checks and refresh

2.00 – 2.45                 Focused Activity 2

2.45 – 3.00                 Amser Tacluso! Refresh and enjoy Afternoon Tea. Nappy checks.

3.30 – 4.00                 Structured Activity

4.00 – 5.00                 Discoverers Activity

5.00 – 6.00                 5 p.m. munchies, free play and goodbyes……see you next time!

Staff preparations for following day’s Focused Activities/Dayshare

•*Focused Activity

– Theme based, practitioner led activity with a desired outcome based on Foundation Phase Planning

  • - Explorers Activity – Practitioner instigated, child led
  • - Structured Activity – whole group activity e.g bubble play, walk or garden games
  • - Explorers Circle Time – together time
  • - Ensure access to rest at all times

Incidental Welsh language is a requirement of the curriculum. Wall displays should reflect the use of Welsh within our setting

*Focused Activity

– Theme based, practitioner led activity with a desired outcome based on Foundation Phase Planning

  • Discovery Activity – Practitioner instigated, child led
  • Structured Activity – whole group activity e.g bubbleplay
  • Dicoverers Circle Time – together time
  • Ensure access to rest at all times

Incidental Welsh language is a requirement of the curriculum. Wall displays should reflect the use of Welsh within our setting.

Inventors Daily Routine
3+

This routine must be displayed and used alongside the Mealtime Hygiene Procedure and Daily Planning Sheets. (Please note that this routine is flexible depending on the needs of individual children)

a.m./p.m.

7.30 – 9.00                 Bore da! Good morning!

Breakfast time with Discoverers and Explorers in Main Room

Team set up a variety of accessible activities suitable for all age group

9.00 – 9.15                 Circle Time

Discussion based session based on the children’s world, plans for the day, sharing of news, celebrations etc.

9.15 – 10.00                 Focused Activity 1

Theme based, practitioner led activity with a desired outcome based on Foundation Phase Planning

10.00 – 10.20                 Morning Snack

10.20 – 11.00 Inventor Activities Garden Time/Welly Walk

Practitioners set up a variety of accessible activities based on children’s preferences

11.00 – 12.00                 Fun with Numbers/

Loving Language and Literacy

Theme based activities with numeracy and literacy content

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