A Day in the Life at The Willow & Learning

A Day in the life of The Willow

Each day we strive to provide a stimulating and nurturing environment to help the children learn through fun and play and do so at their own pace.

A normal day at The Willow will begin with a mixture of free play and optional activities followed by ‘Circle Time’, when the children take part in role play, singing, playing instruments and ‘show and tell’.

They then split into age appropriate groups for number and letter work or craft activities. After break the children are offered a variety of activities during the week from outdoor play, Playball, dancing, PE activities, messy craft, painting and collage, music or even a trip outside into their local community.


‘A Day in the Life’ at The Willow

There is a new topic each week which is threaded throughout all activities and which encompasses the
seven areas of learning set out by Ofsted in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Morning Activity Morning Activity Morning Activity Morning Activity Morning Activity
Circle Time:
Introduce Letter and
Topic of the Week
Circle Time:
Circle Time:
Role Play
Circle Time:
Rhyme Time
Circle Time:
Show and Tell
Group Work Group Work / Ruler* Group Work
or Cooking*
Group Work Group Work
or Cooking*
Break Time Break Time Break Time Break Time Break Time
Craft Activities Craft Activities Free Flow/ Messy
Play/ Outdoor Play /
Play Ball Free Play
Home Time or
Lunch Time
Home Time or
Lunch Time
Home Time or
Lunch Time
Home Time Home Time
Afternoon Session Afternoon Session Afternoon Session No Afternoon Session
Weekly Staff Planning Meeting
No Afternoon Session

The Characteristics of Effective Learning and the EYFS seven Areas of Learning

These are interconnected. Describing HOW a child learns not WHAT they learn:

  • The Willow Nursery encourages children to explore their learning environment on their own or with a skillful teacher who is trained to give guidance or intervene.
  • The children are encouraged to use their imagination to play, investigate and explore surroundings using a vast range of open-ended resources.
  • Seeing the children as active learners we stimulate their learning by tuning into their interests and planning round them which then helps map out ‘next steps’.
  • Guided with open-ended questions where necessary, the children should think and create critically – asking questions and developing their problem solving skills.

EYFS seven Areas of Learning

Communication and Language
The way your child listens and understands what is being said is key to developing vocabulary and speech. Children do this by listening, watching and imitating, joining in with rhymes, stories and games using sounds and words.

Personal and Social Development
Developing a wide range of social skills will give your child the confidence to manage their feelings and behaviour, make friends, share and take turns. We create a fun, vibrant environment where their personal, social and emotional development thrives.

Physical Development
Developing gross motor skills through activities such as Playball improve coordination, control and movement.  Fine motor skills are developed through activities such as holding a pencil and scissors, using tweezers and moulding clay.

Introducing letters through numerous activities and re-inforcing the phonetic alphabet through the letter of the week and group/individual phonic sessions. .

Learning mathematics through fun by understanding shape, space, measures, number problems and puzzle solving. Learning at their own pace through one-to-one teaching and group activities.

Expressive Art and Design
Creativity in art, craft, singing, dancing, making music, cooking and imaginative play whether it is a structured activity or child-led.

Understanding the World
Visiting our local community – the park, the fire station, road safety walk, local church at Harvest Festival – is how your children begin to understand the world around them. We also invite friends, family and professionals in to share their stories whether they are florists, bee keepers, soldiers, nurses, doctors or scuba divers!