A Typical Day at The Villages Pre-school

A daily routine gives children a sense of security. This is why we ensure each day is properly structured while leaving enough time for spontaneous activities.

The daily routine at a glance:


Children find their own name and

hang up their coat

Find their photograph and peg it on the line

Parents and key persons settle the children


Free Play

Pre-planned free flow play activities
Focus Activity
Assessment and observation
Discussion with parents


Snack Bar

Children are encouraged to find their own snack mat, ask for what they would like to eat, pour their own drinks, talk about tastes, textures and try different foods


Circle Time

Register time.  Name and recognition, turn taking, singing, number games and basic concept work


Activities to support Learning          

Music and dance to help listening skills.  Co-operation, fine motor skills and creativity.  Cooking encourages discovery, maths, turn taking and trial and error


Outdoor Play

Free play outdoor activities - large sandpit, role play house, large climbing equipment, balancing apparatus.  Bridge, discovery area, planting and decked area, space for wheeled vehicles


Story Time We use lots of props telling stories



End of Morning Session

All the children sit together with the staff to eat lunch, a time used for conversation, turn taking and self help skills, talking about healthy eating and likes and dislikes


Split into two Groups

Activities relating to developmental and individual needs


Group One

Phonology work - developing awareness of sounds, letter matching games - linking vocabulary, auditory and memory games.  Board games to encourage problem solving, reasoning and numeracy


Group Two

Games to encourage sharing, co-operation, concentration and turn taking


Outdoor Play

In our own child-centred garden or out on the large field


Physical Play

Large P.E. apparatus, motor skills, risk taking and moving around safely.  Skittles, parachute games, balls hoops and bean bags; ring songs


Story Time We use lots of props when telling stories
End of afternoon session