Daily Routine

8:00 – 8:45: Breakfast at the Snack bar

Welcome children and families, make sure you ask if either the child if they would like breakfast or their parent. This is a social time to discuss with the children what they would like to do for the coming day. Eg. Activities. Staff to talk to parents about how their child is. i.e Asking how the Childs night was.

Staffs that are eating breakfast must sit with the children at the breakfast table, role modelling and socialising.


8:45 – 9:45 : Free flow

The purpose of free flow activities is to support and encourage children with make their own choices, empowering them to be independent learners. Children learn best when they are given autonomy to make choices, even if that choice is to play with the same activity over and over again. It is then the role of the practitioner to observes, assess and the range of resources and experiences they give to each child in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage. Practitioners must respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interactions. In planning and guiding children’s activities, practitioners must reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect their in their practice. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

  • Playing and exploring – Children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
  • Active learning – Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and
  • Creative thinking – Children have and develop their own ideas and develop strategies for doing things.

9:30 Nappy change & Toileting

A member of staff are to start changing nappies at this time and encouraging the children to use the toilet i.e. asking them if they need to go to the toilet. Nappy changing is yet another opportunity for learning and enjoyment. Interaction with the child is essential and practitioners should make the most of the one-to-one time.


9:30 – 10:00: Garden to be opened

A member of staff to open up the garden, this means ensuring the indoors is reflected on the outdoors. Practitioners must open up all areas by removing the tar pooling and letting the children choose what they would like to play with, giving them independence.


10:15 – 11:45: Free flow


10:15 – 11:00: Snack bar open

This is a time throughout the morning when children will have an opportunity to prepare and self-select their own snack. Children to be encouraged to choose their own fruit or vegetables with a choice of milk or water. Children are to wash up the plate and/or cup they use, this promotes independence and choice. This is known as a rolling snack time and encourages children to decide throughout the period of time if they choose to partake in a small sociable meal time experience. Therefore, it is essential that practitioners promote this social time. 11:45am *5 minute warning before getting ready for lunch*

11:50 – 12:00: Get ready for lunch

During this time, the lunch table is set up with the children and hands are to be washed ready for lunch. Singing at the tables with the children if early waiting for lunch.

Children are not to sit on the carpet during this time but are to help tidy areas once they are tidy the children should be washing their hands and finding a seat, with the encouragement of the practitioners.


12:00 – 1:00: Lunch time

Children are encouraged to serve up their own food and pour their own water, practitioners will need to support with all children, especially younger children.

This is a social time for all; staff are to interact with the children, role modelling and encouraging manners and the use of knives and forks. Staff members are to sit at the table with the children and eat with them; there must also be a place set up for staff as well as children.12:45pm approx Staff to start nappies


1:00 – 1:30: Sleep/rest time

It is important for all children to have an opportunity to either rest or sleep through their day. In the baby room, children should have their own individual sleep routine and therefore there is no set sleep time.

Children develop and learn best when they are given opportunities to rest and/or have time to sleep. Each child with need different amounts of sleep. If a child is not sleeping, they still need time to rest and therefore are to be encouraged to look at books in the comfy are or play with toys on the carpet are. Staff are to support and read to the children.

The curtains are to be drawn around the blue room carpet area to avoid distraction.


1:30 – 3:20: Free flow

During this time any children that wake, staff must change their nappies and get them dressed.

3:30 – 3:45: Getting ready for tea

Children are to be supported tidying activities on the carpet and washing their hands by practitioners.

3:45 – 4:15: Tea

Staff are to engage and extend the children's learning staff need to observe the children and record this on the weekly observation sheet.

4:15 –4:30: Large group wellbeing

Large group time brings the children and the adults together for action songs, cooperative games, movement activities and other planned learning experiences.

No stories unless they are related to an even, festival or to support children with transitions i.e. toilet training, new sibling. Some children to help practitioners set up their own chosen activities to put on the table.


5:30 – 6:30: Quiet Activities

4:30 –6:00: Free-flow/ Wind down/Home Time