How the day is organised at Greetwell Hollow Day Nursery
Upon arrival in the morning the children will be offered breakfast and a drink. The children are then split into small groups according to their age and the ratio of staff to children. The children will then move indoors and outdoors and participate in the various activities in each area.
Wet and Messy Play / Creative Area »
This area will host the painting, water, sand, soil and clay play! In fact - anything wet or messy! A structured activity will always reflect the monthly theme. Aprons will be provided, however please do not send them in their best clothes.
Table-top / Dining area »
When not used for dining, the area will be used for table-top activities such as weighing, measuring, small construction, snipping and sticking, play-doh and a host of other activities. Small group activities such as table-top games will be a regular sessional feature as well as puzzles, colouring and board games.
This area will be where the food is served. During each session a group of children will be involved in doing a food preparation activity. This may take the form of weighing out pasta, making cakes or biscuits, or simply counting out fruit segments at snack times.
We aim to make mealtimes a comfortable and social occasion when all the children can join together and enjoy their meal in a relaxed, yet disciplined manner. We encourage good table manners and the correct use of cutlery.
Greetwell Hollow Day Nursery has a full time Cook to prepare all of our meals on the premises and from fresh ingredients. We operate a five week menu in which we vary the days of each week. We follow a healthy eating plan and have our 5 a day fruit & veg plan in operation!
Outdoor Play »
The Ride-on-toy patio has a selection of trikes and vehicles. Other patio areas enable year round outdoor activities such as a chalk board, sand and water play. The climbing frame and slide have an all-weather surface.
All children will have the opportunity for outdoor free play and a structured outdoor activity during each session. We aim to encourage your child to accomplish a host of physical skills using their body and small apparatus.
Learning through structured play »
Whilst we endeavour to provide a learning orientated environment that will encourage participation in activities, I would like to stress that there is unlimited learning potential in structured play.
Whilst some children may enjoy from an early age a more formal approach like sitting quietly and working at a table some children do not. If this is the case, then we shall look for other ways to engage participation and to achieve the desired outcome. This may take the form of an outdoor activity or a more manipulative activity.
For example your child may be happier to write their letters in the sand with a stick than in a book with a pencil. If at the end of the activity they have learnt how to form and to recognise their letters then we have made progress. Your child’s happiness is paramount. If a child is happy then they will learn.
The ratios at Greetwell Hollow Day Nursery are; 1:3 for under 2 yrs, 1:4 for 2-3 yrs and 1:8 for 3+ yrs.