Rooms

At The Apple Tree we provide age specific rooms where the activities and type of care provided for our children are appropriate for their age and level of development. .

Our children have access to resources of their choice throughout the day and can move freely, indoors and outdoors, between a range of activities. All our activities and areas of play are well planned to ensure all areas of learning are covered at all times.

Throughout the day every child will access at least one ‘Key Family’ session (small group session) with their key person. This is an opportunity to build strong relationships and for practitioners to support individual leaning within their key family.

The age restrictions on our three groups are only guidelines and can be flexible. If we feel your child is ready and would benefit from moving into the next group then through consultation with yourselves and availability we will do so.

Babies (6 mths – 2years)

Our baby room is colourful and stimulating and accommodates 12 babies aged 6 months to 2 years. We focus on tactile and sensory activities with our babies to encourage their development. There is also an adjoining milk prep room, nappy room and sleep room as well as an outdoor play area that is specifically for our babies.

A typical day in our baby room
Our babies individual routines are followed for feeding and sleep times. As they develop and we feel they are ready, we begin to progress towards our nursery routine.

timeactivity
8:30 – 9:00 ambreakfast
9:00 – 9:45 amindoor & outdoor continuous provision
9:45 – 10:00 ammorning activity/key family time
10:00 amhand washing and time for snack
10:30 / 10:45 amnappy changing
11:15 ammorning circle time – singing/stories/props/sing & sign/instruments
11:25 amhand-washing and time for dinner
12:00 pmstart of sleep time routine
12:30 pmnappy changing for morning session children
1:00 pmmorning session ends and afternoon session begins
1:30 – 1:45 pmkey family time
2:00 pmchildren are offered drinks and cuddles/time to ‘come around as they wake’
nappies are changed before afternoon session begins
2:00 pmindoor & outdoor continuous provision

afternoon activity
2:50 pmafternoon circle time – singing/stories/props/sing & sign/instruments
3:00 pmhand-washing and time for snack tea
3:30 pmindoor & outdoor continuous provision
5:00 pmnursery closes

(Nappies are changed when required throughout the day as well as at our nappy changing times. We ask that parents provide nappies wipes and creams)

Toddlers (2 – 3 years)

Our toddler room is bright and spacious and accommodates 20 children aged 2 to 3 years. Our children are encouraged to develop their personal, social and self help skills. There is an adjoining nappy room and bathroom as well as a large outdoor play area shared with pre school. During their time in the toddlers your child may begin toilet training; we will work alongside you and help you in any way possible.

A typical day in our toddler room
TimeActivity
8:00 – 9:00 ambreakfast is offered to all children as they arrive at nursery
9:00 – 9:50 amindoor & outdoor continuous provision/key family time/adult-led activities
9:50 amgood morning group time followed by hand-washing
10:00 amsnack time followed by nappy changing
10:30 – 11:30 amindoor & outdoor continuous provision/key family time/adult-led activities
11:30 ammovement to music or story-time and songs
11:40 amhand washing and time for dinner
12:20 pmnappy changing followed by sleep time – our children sleep dependant on their current need and parental requests
12:30 pmindoor & outdoor continuous provision for children who do not sleep
1:00 pmmorning session ends and afternoon session begins
1:00 – 2:50 pm
indoor & outdoor continuous provision/key family time/adult-led activities.

children are offered drinks and cuddles/time to ‘come around’ as they wake.

2:50 pmgood afternoon group time followed by hand washing and high tea
3:30 pm
nappy changing

indoor & outdoor continuous provision/key family time
5:00 pmnursery closes

(Nappies are changed when required throughout the day as well as at our nappy changing times. We ask that parents provide nappies wipes and creams)

Pre School Unit – 3 years+

Our pre school room accommodates 24 children aged 3 to 5 years and is made up of many well-resourced areas that reflect the real world. The room is currently ran by a qualified teacher and although the emphasis is still strongly on learning through play, your childs day may become slightly more structured to prepare them for school. Your child will have access to the large outdoor play area shared with the toddlers.

A typical day in our pre-school room
TimeActivity
8:00 – 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 – 9:20 amGood Morning group time
9:20 – 9:30 amMovement to music or indoor & outdoor continuous provision
9:20 amAdult-Led Activities
10:00 amStorytime and songs
10:00 – 10:30 amRolling snack Bar
11:00 amPre-school Year – preparation for school
11:45 – 11:55 amKey Family Time followed by hand-washing and getting ready for dinner
12:00 pmDinner Time followed by indoor & outdoor continuous provision
1:00 pmmorning session ends and afternoon session begins
1:00 – 1:20 pmAfternoon Group time
1:20 – 1:30 pmMovement to music or indoor & outdoor continuous provision
2:00 pmStory time and songs followed by indoor & outdoor continuous provision
2:45 pmKey Family Time followed by hand-washing
3:00 pmHigh Tea followed by indoor & outdoor continuous provision
3:45 pmPre-school Year – preparation for school for children who did not access the morning ‘preparation for school’ session.
5:00 pmnursery closes

The age restrictions on our three groups are only guidelines and can be flexible. If we feel your child is ready and would benefit from moving into the next group then through consultation with yourselves and availability we will do so.