Our Routines and Sessions

At Little Bears we believe that high quality interactions, within a caring setting are vital for children to succeed. The routines and activities that make up the day in the setting are provided in ways that:  

  • Help each child to feel he/she is a valued member of the setting;
  • Develop children’s independence;
  • Develop children’s social skills, curiosity and love of learning;
  • Ensure the safety of each child; 
  • Help children to embed social skills by being part of a group;  
  • Provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning;  
  • Allow children to add individual needs to the day’s routine i.e. sleep time.

Sessions at Little Bears are organised into a mixture of Adult Led and Child Led learning opportunities. By working in this way we believe that the children will build their independence and confidence in small group and large group activities. We use careful observations of the children and monitor their interests to plan a variety of engaging and fun activities for them to learn through.  

The children are encouraged to join in with both adult led and child led activities, which will introduce them to new experiences and help them gain new skills.  

Our outdoor environment offers learning opportunities that cover all seven areas of learning. These contribute to children’s health, their physical development and knowledge of the world around them.  

15 hours Universal Funding = 5 main sessions per week

30 hours Extended Funding = 10 main sessions per week

Snacks and Meals  

We ask that parents provide a healthy morning and afternoon snack for their child. 

Breakfast is available to those who attend the first slot at an additional cost and is a selection of cereals, porridge, crumpets, toast and a range of fresh juice.  

Children who stay for lunch have the option of a cooked school meal (for an additional cost) or bringing in a packed lunch. We request packed lunches do not contain nuts or chocolate products. Packed lunches should also contain an ice block if needed as we do not have the facilities to keep food refrigerated. 

Lunch will be had in the school hall at a set time specifically for our nursery children alongside our nursery team. By having lunch together, we believe this provides an opportunity for the children to develop their social skills at the dinner table as well as develop their readiness for school.