A Typical Morning

The Playwam morning is planned so that the children have a variety of activities in which to participate. We are very fortunate in having a particularly wide range of toys and equipment from which to select each day, and a garden area into which the children can spill out, expand and continue their journey of learning.

During the first part of the morning the children can choose to play both inside and out with resources such as sand, water, the pirate ship, construction blocks, playdough, puzzles, story books, threading, woodwork, train sets, small world (e.g. farm, zoo, cars etc), climbing frame or slide, painting, drawing, imaginative play in the home corner and much more.

All children are encouraged to spend some time with a member of staff either individually or in a small group. Staff at Playwam understand that personalised learning, development and care is paramount to the successful delivery of the EYFS and meeting children’s needs.

During the second part of the morning the children take part in an adult led activity with their key person. This might include creative activities linked to the children’s interests or a seasonal theme, or a skill-based activity such as learning to use scissors, numeracy and literacy games or working together as a team.

On Wednesdays our music teacher visits to teach us songs, rhymes, actions and to play a variety of percussion instruments which culminates in a concert at the end of each term. Music is a big part of life at Playwam and we sing songs and rhymes every day. On a Thursday we run our Music and Movement session, a great opportunity to sing, dance and move our bodies using tap sticks, scarves and bean bags. We also have other regular visitors during the term such as Wiggle Tiggles, Playball and a yoga teacher.

The third part of the morning is Snack Time. We sit in our key groups and have snack together, giving us an ideal opportunity to build friendships and conversational skills as well as increase independence in managing our own snack and pouring drinks. Water and milk are provided for free.

After we have cleared away together, the morning culminates in Bike Time and Story Time. The children have access to a wide range of ride-ons, scooters and bikes which they can ride freely in the garden and hall. Finally, we relax with a story while the children wait to be picked up by their parents/carers.