A Typical Day

Our day centres around explorative play. Children have access to a wide and stimulating range of activities with which to engage freely. Guided play involves our fully qualified staff and our curriculum specialists in music, art, drama, sport and swimming.


A typical day may include:

  • Play, free and guided, including:
    • Creative – printing, painting, crafting, moulding
    • Investigative – problem solving and exploration
    • Outdoor – whatever the weather
    • Messy – including water, sand, mud, foam, jelly, spaghetti
    • Imaginative – dressing up, role play, story telling
    • Small world – including motors and maps, dolls, zoo, jungle, dinosaurs, trains and travel, hospital and home
    • Construction – including Lego, stickle bricks, blocks, straws
  • Mark-making, manipulation and writing – developing fine motor skills
  • Number exploration – developing early, concrete, pictorial and abstract mathematical skills
  • Music and music-making – singing, percussion, games and rhythm development
  • Story time – reading, rhyme, story making, poetry, repetition, story sacks
  • Circle time – exploring feelings and actions
  • Swimming
  • Dance and movement
  • Drama
  • Woodpeckers Forest School – fully equipped, set in the woods within school grounds
  • Tumble time – physical education activities, games and learning
  • ICT – use of interactive tablets and whiteboards, ‘beebots’ and early coding activities
  • Quiet time to rest and sleep in our designated quiet room
  • Snacks, hot lunch, sandwiches, drinks, hot supper, as appropriate
  • Whole school activities and special days  – including Nativity, Sports Day, Book Week, Science Week and termly specialist events

Nursery sessions include:
• 08:00 – 12:45  – Mornings including lunch
• 08:00 – 15:00 – Pre-Prep School day including lunch
• 08:00 – 17:00/18:00 – Full Day including lunch​​​
• 07:00 – 19:00 – Jim-Jam Day​​​​: Drop-off at 7am (in their pyjamas if you wish) and collect at 7pm (ready for bed) having had all their meals (snacks, lunch and a hot supper) and a wonderful day. Children can, of course, be dropped off and collected between these times as required.

Should you have any questions about any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact Louise Hackett or Emily Tier in the Nursery on nursery@cumnor.co.uk.

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