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What happens in a typical Nurture Nursery session?

This is the regular framework of our sessions but as with everything involving two year olds it has to be flexible according to the needs of the children attending that day. 


  • Arrive and settle in.
  • Children are offered toast or breadsticks and milk or water to ensure they are ready for a mornings busy play.
  • The outdoor area is opened, and children are free to choose where, and with what, they want to play.
  • Mid-session is snack time - supported by the adults, children gather as a group to share a relaxed snack time of fruit and vegetables and can choose milk or water to drink.
  • Return to indoor/ outdoor play.
  • Song time - We gather together to finish the session for some fun and games, varying between singing, musical instruments, games, dancing, talking and listening or even child specific exercising. Children who are not developmentally ready to sit for long yet are free to join in where they want or continue to play if they prefer.
  • Home time - We finish with a goodbye song and then play as we wait for families to arrive.


Staff are available to the children at all times during the session, keeping them safe, supporting activities, sharing children’s play, chatting, sharing stories, encouraging independence skills and responding appropriately to everything taking place. We know to take a step back when children are deeply engaged in their investigations, or to enable children who are beginning to play together and also to support their freedom to take on challenges independently. Of course, we are always there to understand and support children through any difficulties, care and comfort them, change them, help them learn to use the toilet when the time comes, and most importantly, to have lots of fun.