Little Engineers Nursery

Little Engineers Nursery

Our Day -Tiny & Mini Engineers Room     

Both Tiny and Mini Engineers rooms offer a homely, comfortable and warm environment in which you, as a parent, can be reassured that your child is being left in safe, dedicated and professional hands. 

The Tiny Engineers room is for children between 6 months and 12 months old (only available at South Tottenham) and the Mini Engineers room is for children between 12months and 24 months.

Our staff provide 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. 

We will aim to settle your child into the next room once they have reached the required age and is ready to. We will discuss the transition plans with you before this happens. 

Time Activity
 8:00 – 9:00 Welcome/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

Story Time

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

Snack/Bottle feeds

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.

11.30-12.30

Lunchtime

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.

12.30 –14.00

Naptime/ Outdoor Learning

Beds are set up and some children go down for a rest. Other children continue with independent learning or outside activities.

14.00-15.00

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. 

15.30- 16.00

Music and Movement

Children will listen to music from different cultures for 5 minutes, and be encouraged to dance. The music is varied across the year and links to long term planning or the children will take a part in a physical exercise activity.

16.00– 16.45

Afternoon Tea

Children wash their hands and get ready for the afternoon meal.

16.45 - 17.30

Heuristic Play 

Children are provided with an assortment of natural resources to explore.

17.30 – 17.45

Relaxation time and home time

Children listen to calming music

 

Little Engineers Room

 

The Little Engineers room is for children between the ages of 24 months to 36 months. In the Little Engineers room, we provide a warm and intriguing environment to bring curiosity and give opportunities for children to have fun expressing themselves. Children have access to creative play which include activities such as mark-making, painting, playdough, clay, sand and water. Activities are planned around the children's interests and there is an ongoing dialogue between the keyworkers and children on the children's development.

The children are able to explore with confidence whilst we encourage their own independence through their learning. The children help give out plates and cups as well as self-serve their own food and pour their own milk or water.

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.

Time Routine & Intention
 08:00 - 09:00

Welcoming/ Independent Learning

Parents and children are welcomed as they come into the Nursery. Parents escort their children and supervise as their child takes off their bags, hat and coats and put them on their peg. The parent and child enter the Nursery room and self-register by finding their picture and putting it in the numbered envelope on the self-registration board. The child will say their goodbyes to the parents and will take part in their own choice of activity.

 09:00 - 09:05

Welcome Song

At this time, the children will have the opportunity to greet each other and build positive relationships, while we sit and sing together.

 09:05 - 09:15

Circle Time in Key Groups -

Welcome song/ Days of the week/Weather/ Singing

Circle time encourages the use of new language. The staff introduce the children, talk about themes, books, shapes and festival of the week. We sing songs, talk about the weather and the days of the week. Children are also reminded of the room rules - no kicking or biting, indoor walking, indoor voices etc. Please click on Circle Time to see what we do.

 09:15 - 09.50

Planned Adult Led/ Child Initiated Activities

This is a time for keyworkers to do planned activities with their key children. Short and long snapshot observations may be done at this time. Children can take part in independent play.

09.50 – 09.55

Tidy Up Time

Time to tidy the toys and objects around the room to get ready for group time.

09.55 - 10.10

Music and Movement/ Exercise

Children will either listen to music from different cultures and be encouraged to dance. The music is varied across the year and links to long term planning. The children taking part in physical exercise also before settling down for tea.

10.00- 10.30

Snack Time

Children are supervised while they go to wash their hands before snack time. If your child would like a snack they can come and sit down at the tables; snack is not forced. There will always be a water station in the room with water available to the children. During snack time staff encourage the use of early mathematics through counting, talking about sizes and language of quantity.

10:30 - 10:40

Encouraging the love of reading

Children will choose a book to read independently or they will have storytime with a group. This is an opportunity for adults to extend children's learning, imagination and thoughts.

10: 45 - 10:55

Focus Activities/ Individual Planning

Each key person will lead structured/ planned learning based on needs of their focus children.

10:55-11:45 

Outdoor Learning (free flow) 

Children will choose whether they would like to go outside for outdoor play. They are encouraged to put on their own outdoor clothing to get ready for outdoor learning. Activities are planned for the week. Children will have a minimum of 30 minutes outside.

11:45 - 12:00

Phonics Time

This is an opportunity to bring the children together on the carpet area and encourage the development of language and speech through singing the phonics song.

During this time adults will set up tables for lunch and set up the nap area for children to sleep. 

12:00 - 12.45

Lunch Time

Lunch is sent in hot daily by Yum Yum. During lunchtime, children are encouraged to serve their own food with the support of an adult. We talk about the foods they are eating and ask children if they would like to try new foods. Children will allergens are given a different coloured plate and all staff are aware of their requirements. 

12.45 - 14.30 

Sleep/ Quiet Time or Adult-led Activities

Children in nappies are changed before sleep time. A practitioner will put the children to sleep while the other practitioners supervise the children or carry out adult-led activities with the children. At 1 pm some children leave as their session has ended, and some children are welcomed as their sessions begin at 1 pm.

14.45 - 14.50

Welcome Song

At this time, the children will have the opportunity to greet each other and build positive relationships.

14:50 - 15:00

Circle Time in Key Groups -

Welcome song/ Days of the week/Weather/ Singing

Circle time encourages the use of new language. The staff introduce the children, talk about themes, books, shapes and festival of the week. We sing songs, talk about the weather and the days of the week. Children are also reminded of the room rules - no kicking or biting, indoor walking, indoor voices etc. Please click on Circle Time to see what we do.

15:00 - 15:30

Planned Adult Led/ Child Initiated Activities

This is a time for keyworkers to do planned activities with their key children. Short and long snapshot observations may be done at this time. Children can take part in independent play.

15.30 - 16.15

Outdoor Learning (free-flow) - Children can choose whether to continue to play indoors.

Children are encouraged to put on their own outdoor clothing to get ready for outdoor learning. Activities are planned for the week. Children will have a minimum of 30 minutes to play.

16.20 - 16.25

Tidy Up Time

Time to tidy the toys and objects around the room to get ready for Tea time.

16.25 - 16.30

Music and Movement

Children will listen to music from different cultures for 5 minutes, and be encouraged to dance. The music is varied across the year and links to long term planning or the children will take a part in a physical exercise activity.

16.30 - 17.00

Tea Time

Practitioners will prepare the tea in the kitchen. One practitioner will sit and supervise the children per table. Children are encouraged to serve their own food. Please and thank you should be encouraged.

17.00 - 17.10

Encouraging the love of reading

Children will choose a book to read independently or they will have storytime with a group.

17.10 - 17.30

Independent Learning/ Free Flow

Children can choose what activity they would like on the tables. Children's interests and incidental learning will be noted and included in the planning. Children will also be encouraged to tidy up through role modelling.

17.30 - 17.45

Relaxation Time/ Home Time

Calming music will be played to calm the children down and get them ready for home time.