Sessions

We are open during term time only, Mondays to Fridays 08:40 until 15:10, below shows the times in which the sessions are divided into. Please see our ‘Latest News’ area for term dates. We do request that children attend for a minimum of 2 sessions over 2 days per week to help them to settle and form friendships.

Monday to Friday:-

8.40 am – 11.40 am (am only)

8.40 am – 12.10 pm (am with lunch)

12.10 pm – 3.10 pm (pm only)

8.40 am – 3.10 pm (all day)

A Typical Day at Ditton Lodge Nursery

Here at Ditton Lodge Nursery children enjoy a variety of free choice and structured activities which are specifically designed to support their physical, personal, social, emotional and educational development. All sessions are planned thoughtfully by staff with individual needs and interests of the children in mind and according to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Below is an example of a typical day at Ditton Lodge Nursery.

08:40-08:50 Children are welcomed by staff and friends and settle in.
08:40-11:20 Morning snacks and drinks within a free flow environment. Fun-filled activities in each area of learning including arts & crafts, role-play, science & discovery, language & literacy, maths, cooking, games and toys.  Children have access to outdoors throughout the session.
11:20-11:30 We encourage ‘tidy up time’, giving children a sense of security and control over their environment and encouraging responsibility
11:30-11:40 The children enjoy a themed story or rhymes on the carpet prior to pick-up or lunch.
11.40 – 12.10 We say goodbye to the morning children and enjoy our packed lunches.
12.10 – 13.45 Afternoon session begins, Fun-filled activities in each area of learning including arts & crafts, role-play, science & discovery, language & literacy, maths, cooking, games and toys. Children have access to the outdoors throughout the session.
13:45 – 14:45 Afternoon snacks and drinks within a free flow environment.
14:40-15:00 We encourage ‘tidy up time’, giving children a sense of security and control over their environment and encouraging responsibility.
15:00-15:10 The children enjoy a themed story or rhymes on the carpet prior to pick-up.
15:10 Home time.

During the year we also mark many festivals and celebrations such as Divali, Christmas, Chinese New Year and Easter. We encourage families to share the festivals they recognise as a family with us. We arrange local visits e.g. to the market at Harvest time, to All Saints Church at Christmas, and to Newmarket Library; we invite visitors to preschool such as the Police, Fire Service, and Dental Nurse, to tell us about their jobs. Throughout your child’s time at pre-school, we support and help them grow in ability and confidence to prepare them for their next step to school.  Alongside the day to day activities at preschool, we also join the school for certain events such as Sports Day and our Mini Olympics.

Special Helper

We have a “Sunny Sunshine Badge”, which is worn by the Special Helper of the day.  This badge helps to promote positive behaviour, encouraging the wearer to help staff and other children with special tasks throughout the session.

Snacks

The ‘Snack Bar’ is accessible to the children mid-morning and mid-afternoon where their independence is encouraged and skills are developed by selecting, pouring, cutting and spreading onto their foods as well as clearing up after themselves.  It also provides an opportunity to try new foods and socialise with other children.

Lunch

Children are welcome to bring a packed lunch in with them, this should consist of a healthy lunch e.g. sandwich, pitta, pasta, plus fruit, yoghurt.  We have a no nut policy, so no items containing nuts should be added to your child’s lunch.

Menu’s are available to all parents/carers and rotate on a term by term basis.

Uniform

Although not compulsory, we have a preschool Uniform of a blue T-shirt and sweatshirt printed with our logo, this includes a communication bag.  We do find that children enjoy wearing the uniform as it gives them a sense of belonging – and it also saves other clothes from paint and glue etc! Uniform can be purchased from preschool all year round.

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