All sessions at Crafty Monkeys are organised so that children can develop their independence, confidence and skills. I have a wide range of activities and resources, indoors and outdoors. I promote outdoor activities as they positively contribute to children’s health and physical development. We have lots of time for open ended activities to help build creativity, exploration and confidence.
I hang my coat and bag on my named peg and take my shoes off and place them on the shoe stand. I have a quick cuddle with Mia and then say ‘good morning’ to my friends whilst Mia has a quick catch up about what I have been doing at home.
I have some breakfast if I haven’t already eaten. I play with my friends. Cuddles and cosy places to sit are always available if I am feeling a little delicate.
I take a short walk across the field or by road if the field is too muddy to drop off older friends. Sometimes we may then drop off younger friends at the Pre-school which is also across the field. We learn a lot on the way, we talk about the seasons, flowers, spot letters, numbers etc.
We have circle time as soon as we get back to Mia’s. It’s a great chance to reconnect with one another after dropping the bigger children off at school. We talk about the weather and have a chat about what we have been up to. We have usually bought in a toy from home that we like to show our friends. We sing some songs and chat about what we would like to do. We finish off with some Yoga.
I have lots of time to play my own self chosen games and I also do lots of short focused activities that help me learn through play. Together we might find something that I am interested in and we research it together. This may include an outing to the library. We always have time to sing, read, dance, do some mark making, maths, role play, build with blocks and lego, create and explore nature etc.
Each month Mia has a ‘theme’. It may be about how plants grow, learning about our planets, multi-cultural festivals or something particular that we are interested in. We learn through play and experimenting.
Whether I am at home or on an outing, I will always have a small healthy snack mid-morning which includes fruit or vegetables.
Outings might include:
Monday – Nature walk at Lulworth Beach
Tuesday – Feeding the ducks and a visit to the library in Wareham
Wednesday – Toddler group in Wool
Thursday – Childminder group in Wareham
Friday – Nature walk in the woods in Wool
I wash my hands and we all eat together at the table. I help prepare the meals and help set and clear the table. We usually play a phonics (linked to Letters and Sounds phase 1) or maths game when we are together at meal times. We also reflect on what we have done in the morning and talk about what we would like to do in the afternoon and where we would like to play.
After we have helped tidy up after lunch, we have afternoon play. Mia plays alongside me and supports me, for example with my language and behavior. Mia pops in some learning along the way.
Afternoon play might include:
Monday – Messy play
Tuesday – Role play and dressing up
Wednesday – Mark making
Thursday – Exploring nature
Friday – Being creative
If I need a sleep, I will lie down in a cosy space and have a nap. If its just a rest I need then we will all lie down and listen to a story CD.
If we didn’t have the opportunity to do our themed activity in the morning, then we do it in the afternoon. Mia encourages us to find things from home that relate to our theme so that we can talk about it. The older ones may do a ‘show and tell’. Sometimes Mia sends us home with some activities based on our theme to do with our own family.
Before the school run, I help tidy up and then we all sit down together to listen to stories and look at books that my friends and me have chosen. Mia chooses books too, so we listen to lots of different books. I learn to sit and listen and sometimes I enjoy joining in with the story telling.
We walk across the field or by road if the field is too muddy to collect friends from Pre-school or primary school. We play games along the way and listen to our friends stories about their day on the way back.
Whether I am at home or in the park or playing fields, I will always have a small healthy snack mid-afternoon which includes fruit or vegetables.
If the weather is nice then we like to go to the park or the playing fields to blow the cobwebs away. Then its back home for crafts on the table, things to do and explore in the garden and games to play with my older friends.
I help put toys away and make everything tidy for the next day. Then I sit together with my friends and we sing songs and rhymes whilst everybody takes it turns to wash their hands.
Our daily music and movement sessions might include, for example:
Monday – Dancing with scarfs
Tuesday – Favourite songs and rhymes
Wednesday – Recognising and copying sounds
Thursday – Movement with songs and rhymes
Friday – Musical Instruments
Mia has a quick catch up with my parents at the door while I put my shoes and coat on and then I say ‘goodbye’ and leave.
Mia sends my parents lots of photos via WhatsApp to show them what I have been doing in the day. She also updates my Care diary on Tapestry which tells my parents when I had a nap and what I have eaten. Mia then sets up for the next day, thinking about what I have enjoyed and what I might like to do in my next session.
Evenings are also when Mia updates my Learning Journey file on Tapestry with observations and assessments of my learning and reflects on what I can do and what I might like to do next.
My parents can access Tapestry at any time. They can also let Mia know of any achievements and home interests so she can tailor my learning journey especially for me.
Every month, Mia sends out a newsletter to all the parents which tells them what our plans are for the next month. Every term, Mia sends out my ‘Next Steps’. This shows my parents how well I am learning and developing at Crafty Monkeys and what my ‘Next Steps’ for furthering my development are. Every 6 months, Mia sends out a report which gives an overall assessment on my learning and development.