Daily Routine

Covid-19 Update

Please note that due to restrictions in place to combat the spread of coronavirus, there are currently some differences in our routine for Drop off & Collection and Morning Snack. Further details can be found by following the links to those pages.

We would like to reassure parents that we won’t socially distance from children where it would cause them distress. Staff will do things slightly differently – for example, they will stand to the side of children more (rather than face-to-face), or they will sit on adult chairs to read a story (rather than sitting on the floor together). But if a child needs comforting, staff won’t hesitate to pick them up, if that’s what the child needs. The wellbeing of all our children is our number one concern – and that includes making sure they are comfortable, happy and having fun!

We run a morning and afternoon session every weekday at Pippins. Each session is 3 hours long. Morning session runs from 9.00am – 12.00pm, and afternoon session runs from 12.00pm – 3.00pm. Children may attend for just the morning or afternoon, or stay for the whole day from 9.00am – 3.00pm.

The structure of the sessions at Pippins follows a similar routine each day, but may change to accommodate the weather, special visits or activities and any other opportunities that may occur.

Morning Session

9.00am: Arrival and registration
The bell is rung by a staff member to signal the start of the morning. When you and your child enter the building, help your child to hang up their coat on their peg, put their lunch bag on the trolley (if staying for lunch), and their water bottle in the tray. Then, if your child is ready, say goodbye as your child goes into the Green Room.

Your child will then put their fruit in the basket for snack time, find their nametag on the table and post it onto the register board before taking a seat on the mats for registration. Staff will greet your child by name – and most of the children will as well! Registration is used as an opportunity to practice counting, the days of the week, describing the weather, etc. Once all children have joined us in the Green Room and been added to the register, children are invited into the Main Playroom for free play.

9.15am – 11.40am: Free play
During this time staff encourage children to interact with a wide variety of toys and activities. Play is child-led and we use the Planning in the Moment technique to support a child’s learning and develop their interests. The front or back gardens are opened as soon as the snack bar has closed and children can freely play indoors or outdoors.

Different toys and equipment will be put out each day for the children to enjoy. Activities which are always available include:

Additionally, at various times during the year we will also have water play and the mud kitchen available!

9.45am – 10.20am: Snack bar
Children are all asked to wash their hands and come to the snack bar set up in the Green Room. More information about snack time can be found here. When children have finished their snack, they may return to free play.

11.40am – 12.00pm: Tidy up time and circle time
Children help to tidy up, and they earn pom-poms in a jar for good helping – which leads to whole group rewards (stickers, a special song, etc). Children are then divided into an older and a younger group, so that each can enjoy an age-appropriate story, song, game, discuss Letter of the Week and “Something to Tell”, or do another group activity.

12.00pm: Collection time
Parents and carers wait outside until staff unlock the gate and invite you inside to collect your child. Remember to collect notices and artwork from your child’s drawer! More information about drop off and collection can be found here.

Afternoon Session

12.00pm: Arrival and registration
Please wait at the gate for a staff member to unlock it and invite you inside. When you and your child enter the building, help your child to hang up their coat on their peg, put their lunch bag on the trolley, and their water bottle in the tray. Then, if your child is ready, say goodbye as your child goes into the Green Room.

Registration proceeds as described above and then children are invited into the Main Playroom for free play until lunchtime.

12.10pm – 2.40pm: Free play
As described above.

12.20pm – 12.50pm: Lunch
Children are called to wash their hands and invited into the Green Room for lunchtime, where all the children and staff sit together to eat. More information about lunch can be found here. When children have finished their lunch, they may return to free play.

2.40pm – 3.00pm: Tidy up time and circle time
As described above.

3.00pm: Collection time
Parents and carers wait outside until staff unlock the gate and invite you inside to collect your child. Remember to collect notices and artwork from your child’s drawer! More information about drop off and collection can be found here.