Nursery School Day


8:30am      Registration
8:30am  – 10:00am   Morning Session 1
10:00am – 10:50am   Snack followed by outside play
10:50am – 12 noon   Morning Session 2
12 noon – 1:20pm   Lunch and outside play
1:20pm – 2:45pm   Afternoon Session 1
2:45pm – 2:50pm   Snack
2:50pm – 3:50pm   Afternoon Session 2
3:50pm – 4:00pm   Story / Singing time
4.00pm – 5.20pm   After School Activities

At Muddy Knees Nursery, the structure of the pupils’ day mirrors that of the Prep School in order to familiarise children with the different lessons from the very beginning of their educational journey.

Our Morning

Children are welcomed into nursery from 8.15am. Parents accompany their child to their classroom, where the child will find their name to self-register, hang up their coats and book bags before finding an activity to take part in. A purely child-led learning time – with free flow between two bright and colourful classrooms – this time offers the opportunity for the child to settle into nursery for the day ahead.

During the morning, children are divided into two age groups for a daily maths challenge or Letters and Sounds activity, which is followed by child-initiated learning. Our experienced and fully qualified teachers interact through play, helping to promote learning and enjoyment through questioning and developing key skills. Both Music and PE are taught within this session also, with each occurring twice per week.

Children partake in break time between 10am and 10:50am. During this time, they will enjoy a healthy snack of cereal or a selection of fruit with milk and water and free flow play in our fully equipped playground and Enchanted Garden, accessed directly from the nursery.

Our Lunch

We eat in the College Refectory together with the pupils in the Prep School, sharing freshly cooked food from our tailored menu. Our team of chefs and kitchen staff know the children’s likes and dislikes, enabling them to slightly adapt the menu to ensure pupils have not only a healthy, but appealing menu. Children are also encouraged to try new foods.

The children sit around a table with ceramic plates and real cutlery. Children sit in small groups – with at least one adult joining each table in order to help develop knife and fork skills, good table manners, as well as stimulating conversation and promoting turn taking skills.

Once finished, the children enjoy outdoor play until the afternoon session begins. Children staying for our standard morning session will depart at 1.30pm.

Our Afternoon

Our afternoon sessions begin with ‘Fizzy Activities’ which promote fine motor skills, before children take part in activities, which varies from specialist teaching in child initiated play, music to sport, languages or forest school. A healthy snack is provided mid-afternoon, after which children staying for our extended morning depart at 2.30pm. Those children staying for a full day and finishing at 4pm continue activities before finishing the day with story and singing time.

After School Club

Children in our nursery are welcome to stay for After School Club until 5.20pm. Nursery pupils will be able to access our ‘Stay and Play’ sessions run by our experienced team who understand how tired children may be towards the end of a busy day. These sessions are designed to help them relax, in an environment, which they are familiar with. Children may also take part in more structured activities such as ballet, yoga, cricket, environmental club or sign and sign. These are subject to change each term.

Parents supply a healthy snack (enough for a meal for younger children) which is eaten at 4pm before after school activities commence.