The children are cared for and taught in their separate units throughout the day, but opportunities are created for the units to come together to enhance social relationships and learn from each other, especially in the garden.
Children value routine and knowing what's coming next, so we stick to our daily routine as much as possible in all units as follows:
8.00am - 9.00am
The children arrive and take part in free play activities which have been set up in advance to encourage symbolic play, fine and gross motor skills play and stories.
9.00am – 9.30am
Breakfast time, followed by the first routine nappy change.
9.30am – 12.00am
Morning Education Session. During this time the children have access to both adult structured and free choice activities following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This session includes group circle time and garden play.
12.00pm - 1.00pm
Lunch time. Before lunch the nursery carry out the second routine nappy change.
1.00pm – 2.00pm (approx.)
Sleep/quiet rest period, followed by third routine nappy change, and then milk time in Toddlers and Pre-school.
2.00pm - 4.00pm
Afternoon Education Session. During this time the children have access to both adult structured and free choice activities following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This session includes garden play.
4.00pm – 4.30pm
Tea time, followed by the forth routine nappy change.
4.30pm - 6.00pm
The children take part in free choice activities encouraging social learning, role play, matching and sorting, music and winding down for the end of the day.
Sunnyfields support the children in all aspects of the daily routine in their unit, but are flexible to include the personal needs of individual children regardless of their age. They provide many opportunities for them to develop their particular likes and interests, but at the same time encourage them to try out new things. Whatever the child’s age, Sunnyfields encourage good manners, respect for others, good personal hygiene, independence, individual contributions, responsibility and pride in their achievements.
The children work their way through keyworking groups/units based on age and level of ability. The keyworkers have in-depth knowledge of the key development targets of their group and how to extend these to prepare for the next group up.
Sunnyfields are dedicated to delivering quality education approved by Ofsted to all age groups. They follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which is made up of four Principles which underpin effective practice in the care, development and learning of young children.
Sunnyfields deliver this curriculum through a range of free choice activities that the children can play with on their own or in a group. Tha adult interacts to find out what the child is learning, to offer ideas on how they can extend this learning, to encourage children to find out new things and to develop their language. They monitor for safety, inclusion and equal opportunities for all children.
In addition, Sunnyfields develop their own long term plan to cover festivals and relevant topics, which in turn are planned in advance and in more detail. They incorporate a more structured and adult led approach to introduce new ideas and topics, to try out new things, to keep trying if they encounter difficulties, to enjoy their achievements, to extend children’s understanding, to encourage acceptable behaviour, to improve children’s concentration, to promote sharing and taking turns and to developing relationships.
Finally, Sunnyfields arrange many outings to local facilities so the children can develop life skills such as crossing the road, being aware of strangers and being alert to unpredictable animals. Also, Sunnyfields invite visitors to come in to nursery and talk to the children i.e. the fire brigade, police and other emergency services, environmental initiatives, parents to explain their careers or show how to care for their pets and other individuals to develop a different language (including sign language) or any other area of interest.