Daily Plan & Activities

PLANNING: Although I am not a preschool with a curriculum to follow, I use the Birth to three matters framework and The Curriculum guidance for the foundation stage to help with planning activities and outings for the children. I do not follow a set plan as I allow the children to choose what they would like to do, however, I try to pick a weekly theme and plan the activities around this theme.ACTIVITIES:

I offer a wide range of activities for the children I look after to promote their development.

Some of these include:






reading stories

playing board games

sticky pictures/collages

beads/jewellery making

watching videos/TV programmes (age dependant)

using the computer for games, learning or homework

singing and playing instruments

music and movement

dressing up/role play

sewing (supervised)

ball games

candle making

glass painting


I also have various toys available for the children to play with such as jigsaws, construction bricks and blocks, cars and mat, dressing up clothes, doctors and vets set, dolls, action figures and a tea-set.

Outdoors, I have a variety of equipment such as balls, skittles, skipping ropes, a cricket set, slides, a sand pit and a play house.

OUTINGS: I regularly take the children (in full day care) on outings, either by car (seat spaces permitting) or by walking to places such as:


the library

local parks

soft play gyms

local toddler groups

the shops/post office

feed the ducks and horses

Occasionally, when I have a small number of older children (usually school holidays), I may take them to places like the cinema or the bowling alley.


This is a plan of an average day in my setting during term time.

Obviously, each day is different and changes according to the weather, how many children I am looking after and their ages, what they want to do, etc.

7.00 am: Children arrive, play with toys, read books or do drawing/colouring in.

8:30 – 9:15am: School run with buggy for younger children. I escort the children into the correct classrooms if required

9:15 – 11:30am: Visit the local Play Group or Play Gym.

9:15 – 11:30am: If we don’t go to one of the above we will do another activity at home

11:30am – 12:30pm: Lunch time for all.

12:40 – 1:00pm: School run for afternoon nursery session.

1:00 – 2:00pm: Quiet time. Naps for babies and toddlers. Reading books, drawing or watching TV to relax and be calm.

2:00 – 3:00pm: Dressing up, singing or playing games.Playing out in garden with slides and balls if possible.

3:00 – 4:00pm: – School run (with buggy if needed) -collect older children from their classrooms and younger children from nursery.

4:00 – Home time: – Free activity time, children choose

During school holidays this plan will change and we will have days out etc.

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