Daily Routines

one step after another…

The daily routine is very important for children, parents and the staff. However, we firmly believe that in order to provide more individualised care and higher quality one-to-one interaction, we need to have systems in place allowing us to respond to children’s requirements, showing flexibility and understanding. Naturally, children’s physical needs in relation to feeding, sleeping, nappy changing, etc. have an impact on the routine, and careful planning of the learning and play activities around them is very necessary.

Nursery Daycare Wandsworth

We work closely with parents so that we can enhance our understanding of every child’s home environment and try to simulate it as closely as possible. We feel in this way we can support each child’s development personally and effectively.

A Typical Day at Little Stepping Stones

one step at a time…


Drop Off and Breakfast

At the start of each day children are welcomed in and parents have the opportunity to update the nursery team on their child. We place great importance on teaching children how to become independent and confident, hence the children are encouraged to put their own coat / bag away, self-register and self-serve their choice of breakfast. The child’s Key Person sits with the children and promote good eating habits at all mealtimes.

08:00 – 09:00 am
09:15 – 09:30 am

Circle Time | Song / Story Time

Children are called to the carpet by a familiar song, and the Staff explains what the children will be doing today.

Focus Activity | Inside & Outside

timline-readingKey Person plan for each of their children each day, activities that they feel will benefit their child’s development. The Key Person sits with the children and encourages them to learn new skills as well as develop their existing ones. They activities may include role-play, sensory or creative activities, mark making, math and shape based toys, and social games and puzzles. We encourage children to share, take turns and look after their toys and their friends! A snack is provided during the activities and children can come and choose what healthy snack they would like to have.

09:30 – 10:00 am
11:45 – 12:45 pm


Lunch is a sociable time where children and their Key Person sit together in their Key Groups and have the opportunity to talk about the day and about what they are having for lunch.


At this time parents will start to arrive to collect / drop off their children from / for the morning / afternoon sessions. Each parent will be given a Daily Report Sheet with all the information about their child’s day, and their child’s Key Person will have the opportunity to talk to parents.

12:45 – 13:15 pm
13:15 – 13:30 pm

Circle Time | Song / Story Time

As at the morning Circle Time, children are welcomed in and say good afternoon to everyone. We talk about the morning and what we have done and what we have planned for the afternoon.

Focus Activity | Inside & Outside

New activities will be set up to suit the children’s need, much the same as the morning Focus Activities.

13:30 – 15:00 pm
15:00 – 15:30 pm
Child Care Nursery Wandsworth

Tea Time

Children sit down together for a healthy light tea, sometimes they are able to make their own tea such as wraps or they bake something sweet for pudding! Dietary requirements are taken into account and staff model good eating habits and table manners.

Free Play

Children now have Free Play – During this time the children choose their own activities and play with their classmates sometimes having more recreational activities such as soft play, sing song time or learn using the iPads in our ICT area.

15:30 – 17:00 pm
17:00 – 18:00pm

Home Time

daynurseries_smallParents & Carers come to collect their children at this time. Each parent is given a Daily Report Sheet with all the information about their child’s day, including how they have eaten and what they have learnt. Key Persons have an opportunity to chat to parents about any significant achievements their child has made throughout the day.

Outdoors Play

The children enjoy going to the park, trips to the library and the shopping centre on a regular basis. We take them to play Teddy Tennis a few times a week, where they learn new skills with the help of a Tennis coach, how to hit a ball, hold a bat, listening skills and working in a team.


All our children are encouraged to be independent with their self-care, they learn to wash hands, face, and have easy access to toilets throughout the day. Staff work with parents and carers to toilet train children, and supervise them at all times and encourage them and praise them for good hygiene.