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:
playing board games
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
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:
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.