Mini Engineers Room's Daily Routine
|8:00 – 8:55||Greeting Time/Independent Learning
Children and parents are greeted as they come in. If required parents will have an opportunity to have a quick talk to the keyworker about their child. Once parents say goodbye to their children, the children will take part in their own choice of activity.
|9:00 – 9:15||Welcome song/ Circle time
Keyworkers and children meet together, and everyone is introduced and welcomed. Keyworkers encourage the use of new language through singing action songs and rhymes, exchange news, and read stories.
|9:20 – 9.55||Adult led activities
This is a time for key workers to do planned activities with their key children. Long and snapshot observations could be done at this time.
|9.55 - 10.00||
The love of reading is encouraged, where one of the keyworkers will use expressive language and tones to read a story of choice.
|10:00 – 10.30||
Staff take the children to wash their hands, where after they go and sit down at the tables. Snack is not forced. They may also be given a bottle of milk (if required).
There is always a water station in the room with sippy cups of water readily available to children. During snack time staff encourage language development by talking about the fruits they are eating.
|10: 30- 11.00||Outdoor Learning
Children have the opportunity to play outside in the garden area and develop their gross motor skills which is required for their developmental milestones. e.g Learning how to kick a ball, learning how to throw or catch.
A mat is put on the floor for those who aren't confident walkers. The children can play with the chalk and board, tricycles, in the sand and water tray, and much more. Children are outside of a minimum of 30 minutes per day. Activities for outdoors are planned in advance which can be seen on the outdoor planning.
|10.30 – 11:00||Morning nap (optional)
Beds are set up and some children go down for a rest, while the ones awake will do some exploratory learning.
|11.00 - 11.30||
Exploratory Learning / Adult-led activities
Children can choose what they want to play with. The keyworkers make a note of your child’s interests and pick up on incidental learning.
Next, planned activities are carried out with the keyworkers and their key children. Long and snapshot observations are done at this time.
Children wash their hands and sit down at the tables. The keyworkers serve the children and talk about the foods that the children are eating, and encourage the children to eat independently whilst supervised.
Outdoor Learning / Independent Learning
Children go outside again to enjoy outside activities.
Naptime/ Independent Learning
Beds are set up and some children go down for a rest. Other children continue with independent learning.
Children wash their hands and get ready for the afternoon meal.
|16.45 - 17.45||
Children are provided with an assortment of natural resources to explore.
|17.45 – 18.00||
Relaxation time and home time
Children listen to calming music
Our Mini Engineers room offers a homely, comfortable and warm environment in which you, as a parent, can be reassured that your child is being left in a safe, dedicated and professional hands. We have 6 spaces available in the Mini Engineers room per day.
Jemerley, the Mini Engineers Room leader, along with our apprentice, Kinnari provides lots of cuddles and attention to the children. They work closely with parents, discussing feed and sleep patterns and development. As they progress, the correct play equipment is provided to stimulate all aspects of their individual needs and development.
The children take part in a variety of activities such as messy play, role play, music and dance, storytime, heuristic play and sensory play. Children are able to explore and have plenty of play opportunities, both inside and in our outside area.
We focus on the children's next steps and prime areas of learning: Communication and language, Physical development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. A record of your child's day, along with observations and development records can be seen on your child's profile on the Famly App, and is regularly discussed with parents.