By the middle of the session the children are hungry, thirsty and ready for a little break.
Staff bring the children inside and we sing a “wash your hands” song before moving to the sinks to do just that. The children will be supported where required but are generally very happy to wash their hands.
The children sit in small groups at our tables with an adult to support them.
They choose between milk or water to drink and are offered the choice of fruit and veg available that day.
We encourage the use of an open cup. If children have not done this before we will support them to learn once they are happily settled in and we will always ensure they get enough to drink. The children can learn this very quickly at Nurture Nursery as, unlike at home, our very wipeable environment means we do not have to worry about protecting carpets and sofas.
The temptation of food and drink helps young children learn to sit for a while. The children can eat and drink as quickly or slowly as they need. When finished, they are encouraged to place their dirty cups and bowls into a washing up bowl to indicate they are ready to head off to play again. They really enjoy this responsibility and independence.
Snack time is a lovely sociable time when we all sit and chat together as we eat. For some, it is the only time they stop for a moment whilst at nursery. Children are often tempted to try new foods and drinks when they see other children enjoying all kinds of interesting things.