Daily Routine

Daily Routine in Nursery and Chameleon Club

We have 2 classrooms at Lydalls Nursery School; the 2-year old base classroom for our younger children and the main nursery room for our older children. We try to keep the routine consistent in both rooms as much as possible, although the key difference is that younger children may not necessarily attend Nursery every day (this is dependent on parental preferences and also availability of sessions), whereas children with a 15-hour ‘universally funded’ place attend Nursery Monday to Friday.

The structure of each session is broadly the same across both classrooms and is outlined below:

2-Year-old Base:

Morning Session Afternoon Session
8.45 – 9.15am 12.45 – 1.15pm Registration – Children are greeted by their named key person and supported as they settle in to the session
9.15 – 11.00am 1.15 – 3.00pm Children select their own resources for play inside and outside in the garden. Key people follow and extend the children’s interests and learning
11.00am 3.00pm Snack time: Fruit/vegetables, milk and water
11.25am 3.25pm Story, singing and rhyme time
11.35 – 11.45am 3.35 – 3.45pm Door opens to parents/carers; children are handed over to parents by their key person.

End of session


From the term after their 3rd birthday, all three and four year olds attending Lydalls Nursery School receive 15 hours of early education in the morning or afternoon session from Monday to Friday. This is our ‘universal’ offer for everybody. Every child has a keyperson for these sessions who is responsible for your child’s education as well as their well-being. We actively encourage families to attend their universal sessions every day to ensure children make good progress and develop friendships with other children in their group.

Some working families are entitled to receive an additional 15 hours of free childcare. These sessions are offered to complement our universal offer to become ’30 hours’; 15 hours of education and 15 hours of childcare. Please note that we have a limited number of additional childcare places. Childcare is fully integrated within the Nursery and children have a keyperson for their session who is responsible for their well-being.

Main Nursery Room:

Morning Session Afternoon Session
8.45 – 9.15am 12.45 – 1.15pm Universal educational 15-hour session and 30-hour ‘free education childcare’ sessions begin
10.00am 2.00pm Snack time: Fruit/vegetables, milk and water
10.55am 2.55pm Carpet Time. Typically we sing songs and rhymes. Sometimes we share stories or look at material related to our learning focus that week (e.. a stop motion clip of a bean growing)
11.10 – 11.35am 3.10 – 3.35pm Group time and end of session routine
11.35 – 11.45am 3.35 – 3.45pm Door opens to parents/carers; children are handed over to parents by their key person.

End of session

Lunch Club 11.45am – 12.45pm Doors open for lunch drop-off at 11.45am and collection at 12.45pm

For further information on lunch club and 30 hour places or top-up sessions please refer to page 13-14 of our handbook available on the ‘About Lydalls’ tab.

The routine looks a little different on Forest School Days; please refer to page 12 of our handbook for more information.


Our website will provide you with introductory information about our aims and values. They will explain how we work and how the children will learn during their time with us.

Additional information will be displayed in school, published on this website or sent home in Newsletters. At all times, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Latest News

Office Administrator required from April 2024

We are recruiting an experienced Administrator to provide a high level of confidential support in our busy reception off...

Lydalls Handbook for Parents and Pupils

We are delighted to publish our new handbook for parents and pupils which is full of useful information whether you are ...

Read more news >