Parents and carers

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“My daughter has settled into Southdown straightaway and loves it there” Parent, 2018

What your child will learn at nursery

At Southdown Nursery, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. You can find out what this involves in the Government’s Parents’ Guide.

What to expect, when? A parents’ guide

“Southdown has given my little boy so much confidence to problem solve.” Parent, 2018

Our daily routine

We operate a ‘free flow’ system at Southdown, through which the children gain independence by making their own choices about what activities and experiences they would like to be involved in.

A typical day will look something like this:

9.15 – 9.30am: Children arrive and are settled in an independent activity of their choice or with an adult led activity either in the main room, in the green/craft room or on the playground.

9.45 -10.45am: Rolling snack and drink time started with the children helping to prepare, four children at a time at the table.

Between 9.45 – 10.15am: The gate to the field is opened allowing free flow play throughout all areas.

11.30am: The bells are rung and the children come together for a couple of songs before separating into groups for tidy up time.

11.45am: We all meet on the carpet and divide into our group time with our key worker.

Midday: We re-group: the children staying for the afternoon session go out for a play, while the other children get ready for going home.

12.15pm: Going home time and time for our afternoon arrivals to join us.

12.30 – 1pm: Lunch time

1pm – 1.20pm: Quiet time with a story and fold out beds offered to those who would like them.

1.20 – 2.30pm: Free flow play time with all areas accessible.  Adult led activity available (i.e cooking, craft, junk modelling etc.)

2.30 – 2.45pm: Song time and tidy up time.

2.45 – 3pm: Snack and drink time.

3.15pm:  Home time.



“The teachers are wonderful and caring” Parent, 2018

Want to find out what your child will be doing this Autumn Term?
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How to apply

Want to find out what your child will be doing this Summer Term at nursery?

Read our Summer Term 2018 Long Term Planning Parents Guide