A day at The Pod
Our Daily Routine
8:30/11:45: Children join their key person for a small group activity. (Between 11:55-12:15 children will play in their base room before going for lunch.)
8:40/12:45: Children come together for collective worship and to make their plan for the day
8:45/12:55 Free flow plan and do
11:15/14:30 (14:15 on Wednesdays): Tidy up and come back into groups
11:30/14:45 (14:30 on Wednesdays): Home time
When the children arrive at the start of the session they are encouraged to join a short, adult planned, activity with their key person. This lasts approximately ten minutes. After this, we all say our school prayer together and then discuss with those near us what our plan for the day is going to be.
Once this is done and the gate is safely locked, the doors open and the children are free to choose where to spend their time, free flowing between either room or the garden. Please make sure your child has welly boots and spare clothes in all weathers as water and mud play is available!
Also, please note: We will not stop children from going outside. If they are not well enough to be outdoors in the fresh air, they should not be in nursery.
Children are not expected to sit in groups on the carpets again until the last ten minutes of the session, where they will have a chance to talk about their day, share something they have made or simply listen to a story – the adults will take the lead from the children. (The only adult planned activity at this time will be RE once a week with Katie, the nursery teacher, for those children who are in the nursery class age group.)
Please try and arrive to nursery on time to minimise disruption to the children engaged in group times. Sessions finish at 11:30/14:45 (14:30 on Wednesday). Late collection fees apply.
You will need
A small bag/back pack (no drawstring bags please) containing one complete change of clothes (more if toilet training!) and enough nappies and wipes for the session if applicable.
Wellington boots and indoor shoes/slippers (they may leave slippers here and wear boots to and from school). Boots are needed in all weathers for water and mud play.
A warm, waterproof coat.
Sun-cream/hat in hot weather/warm layers on cold days
Staff and Children at St Greg’s eat together and this is a key time for children and staff to talk and share, to develop a close-knit community. Those children attending the afternoon nursery session can choose to pay for a school lunch or bring in a packed lunch. You can find more details in our Information section.
When the time comes to start nursery, we will arrange visits to enable your child to become familiar with the staff and the environment before they stay for their first session.
We value our parents and families as the children’s first educators and understand that leaving your child at nursery for the first time can be a difficult transition both for them and for you. While you will be given a start date once offered a space, if your child needs further settling visits this is something we will be happy to arrange with you.
Key Person Relationships
We understand that positive and trusting relationships play a massive role in helping a child to feel safe and secure in their surroundings. The Pod nursery operates a key person system. Your child will be assigned a key person before they start for the purpose of home visits and settling in, but we are happy to be led by the child and this will change if they do not bond with that staff member. Each key person also has a buddy group that they work closely with, ensuring that when staff absence occurs a familiar face is always around.
The key person becomes a secure base from which the child will explore the wider surroundings as they grow in confidence. Usually by the time children leave nursery they are happy to spend time with any of the adults in the setting, but the key person remains special to them throughout their time at school.