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A Sample Daily Routine at The Playroom

9.00 - 9.30 Children arrive at the creche. Morning greetings. This is a time for all the children and staff to get together and greet each other. We look at our photograph wall chart and call out the names, making a note of who is present/not present. We sing our "Hello" song.
9.30 - 10.00 The children choose their own activities from the range of equipment that has been previously demonstrated to them; e.g. jigsaws, pouring, polishing, sorting, dressing frames, play dough, cylinders and practical life, sensorial material, sandpaper, numbers and cards, home corner, role play, construction. The average concentration time for this age group is 10 minutes, so they would cover a large range of these activities.
10.00 - 10.30 Arts and craft work; cutting, glueing, painting etc. The child's own creativity is encouraged.
10.30 - 11.00 Clean up time. Lunch break, washing up. This is a special time where we focus on ourselves. We help to develop the children's use and understanding of language through discussion of every day topics. We also aim to foster a sense of belonging and friendship, by encouraging children to listen to one another and take turns.
11.00 - 11.30 Outside Play, weather permitting. We have a large range of play equipment, that encourages their physical development and motor co-ordination and skills, and helps the physically less able to develop confidence.
11.30 - 11.45 Circle time; singing, story-time, rhymes, music and dance, care of the environment, grace and courtesy etc. a different activity each day)
11.45 - 11.55 Tidy up, wash hands, get lunch bag and jacket.
11.55 - 12.00 Goodbye song.