A typical day at Chattons…

 

The nursery opens its doors at 7am. The members of staff have set out the rooms, in a way that encourages the children to play and by doing so makes the separation form the parents that bit easier. Children arrive at different times depending on their schedule. The arrival is an important interaction between the staff and parents.

 

  • From 7 to 8:30am, the children can have breakfast, the groups at this time are often mixed which allowsthe babies, toddlers and big kids to get to know each other
  • By 9am all the children have arrived. We start the day off with a small welcoming get-together. We consider it to be an important moment of interaction for the children, it allows them to recognise their peers and integrate into their groups. It’s an integral part of the day and a sort of ritual. Afterwards it’s game time, we set up different activities for the children and sometimes take them on walks. It’s important to note that we respect the children’s choice to participate or not. For the babies, we follow their rhythm. The day is paced by small activities specifically designed to touch their five senses, naps and bottles.
  • From 10:45am to 11am, more children arrive. The children get themselves ready for mealtime.
  • From 11am until midday the children have lunch. The lunch consists of a balanced diet and allows the children to taste new foods and have fun all together. We always encourage kids to try new foods, however never force them.
  • Around midday the atmosphere changes a bit, our little kittens are tired. It’s time for a break… Whispering, gentle music and hugs allow us to make sure naptime is calming and reenergizing. 
  • Around 2pm, the children start to wake up. A few of them are taken home at this point and others arrive to participate in nursery life.
  • From 2:30 to about 4pm activities and little excursions pace the afternoon.
  • Between 3:45 and 4:15 pm a sweet or salty snack is served and sometimes eaten outside.
  • From 4:30 until 6:20pm, the room is rearranged to give the children a new boost of energy and allow them to make the most of their time with us. We take the necessary time to talk to each parent.
  • At 6:30pm the nursery closes, have a good evening!