Monday to Friday during term time (38 weeks):
Early Bird session 8.45am – 9.15am
Morning session 9.15am – 12.15pm
Afternoon session 12.15pm – 3.15pm
Our ‘early bird’ session can be added to a morning or whole day session.
Children can bring a packed lunch to eat between 11.45 and 12.30. Those children attending lunch will have an extended morning or afternoon session of 3.5 hours. Alternatively, children may attend two full sessions including lunch in any one day, giving you the option of continuous care from 9.15 to 3.15 or with the early bird session 8.45 to 3.15.
We are not able to provide lunch – if your child is attending lunch club you should provide a packed lunch. We encourage healthy lunchboxes for lunchtime. Children sit together with adult supervision to create a relaxed, sociable time.
Our terms run generally in line with Essex school terms, but there may be slight differences over the course of a year, in line with the allocation of funding.
We have an exciting and stimulating variety of resources and activities to engage the children at all their various ages and stages. Staff carefully plan activities through observations of the children’s interests and next stage of development. However, we value the importance for the need of all children to be able to self select their activities to enable them to freely explore their interests further.
During the session, the children have access to various role play experiences, adult led activities, art and craft and ongoing access to the outdoor play area. A rolling snack is provided throughout the session to allow children to choose when they have their snack. We offer a healthy, balanced snack, consisting of a variety of fruits, crackers and breads. Within our theme, we try different and new foods. Water or milk are offered to drink. Children are encouraged to be independent at snack, but are fully supported and supervised by a member of staff.
To end each session, as a whole group, we enjoy a circle-time. This time consists of dancing, singing, listening activities, show and tell, to name just a few activities. We end on a group story-time.
Each half term we have an over-arching theme to enable us to provide new experiences, discussions and explorations for the children.
Our gallery of photos will give you an idea of some of the activities the children have enjoyed recently.
Each child must be signed in and out by their adult, and in addition we have a system which allows each child to register their presence by placing their ‘owl’ name card on a coat peg of their choice.
We have an open door policy and are always available to speak to parents and carers at drop off and collection times.