Our Daily Routine

At Duchess Nursery we follow a range of pedagogies, including Montessori, to give the very best support to each child. Our adaptable routine gives us the flexibility to create more time for activities or outdoor learning, walks and visits, if we feel they are beneficial to the children’s enjoyment and development. We do, however, maintain regular routines to assist the settling process and to give reassurance to the children who need it.

Our children play in a range of situations such as 1:1, small or large group and whole nursery; this provides mutual benefits where the younger ages learn from their observation of the older children whilst the older children take pride in responsibility and helping the little ones. Time is also set aside for the children to participate in age-related activities with their peers.

Our key person system (every child has a key member of staff who supports their family during the transition into the nursery and beyond) allows for the tracking of development and progress, making sure each child is getting the opportunities they need to reach their full potential. Focused group activities, led by the key staff, mean that more defined learning opportunities or greater direction, support or extension can be achieved with the daily routines.

We plan a whole host of outdoor activities for the children to go out and about. These range from simple walks to the park, sights and sounds walks with a purpose, physical activity on play apparatus and pre-prepared missions to buy craft or food items with their own shopping list!

7:30 - 9.30Breakfast/ Free Flow/ Stories & Discovery play
9:30 - 9:45Circle Time/ Singing Time
9:45 - 10:30Focus group time/ Choosing Activities/ Garden time
10:30 - 10:45Shared snack time
10:45 - 11:30Outing/ Outdoor learning
11:30 - 12:30Tree House/ Garden Time/ Focussed activity time
12:30 - 1:30Tidy up time/ Lunch/ Transition
1:30 - 3:00Sleep Time / Quiet Time / Outdoor learning/ Focussed group time (depending on need)
3:00 - 3:15Circle time/ Music Time
4:00 - 4:30Family Teatime
16.00 - 17.00Tea/Free Play
4:30 - 6:30Free Flow Activities/ Tidy Up time/ Home time