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Our Day

The daily routine of the school rooms will depend hugely on the age of your child. Each day is planned and approved by our professionals to include activities that are perfect for your child's learning.

  • 8:00am

    TEACHERS WELCOME BABIES

    Teachers welcome babies by greeting the parents with a light handshake to demonstrate a positive parent-teacher relationship and gently comforting the babies into the environment.

    Babies are provided with baby cereals such as Weetabix, Porridge and toast

  • 10:0am

    SNACK TIME

    Supporting our babies them in their individual routines and stages. Whether it is time exploring various finger foods, using a spoon to support their physical development or by spending key time with their teacher as they have a bottle of milk.

  • 10:30am

    KEY GROUP TIME

    The key workers role is to is to follow babies’ expressions of interest in new sensory experiences and to go at their pace. Getting to observe and share in a baby’s gradual discovery of the physical world. Key workers plan and assess EYFS and Montessori activities to support babies at their individual stages of learning by providing a stimulating environment tailored to their needs.

  • 12:00pm

    LUNCH TIME

    Lunchtime is spent supporting our babies in their physical development, their individual routines and stages and time tasting and exploring various foods. Some possibly beginning to use spoons, or spending time with their key worker as they have a bottle of milk.

  • 12:30pm

    NAP TIME

    The Montessori approach to sleep is based on an understanding of natural sleep patterns with a sincere desire to protect babies’ ability to regulate and be independent in their sleep. Key workers communicate with parents to ensure it is fully supportive of the child. Babies’ routines are followed and a relaxing environment is created with soft music playing in the background.

  • 2:00pm

    SENSORY EXPLORATION

    Babies are given the opportunity to explore their indoor environment Soft classical music can be played in the room as this can be soothing to the young babies.

  • 3:00pm

    OUTDOOR

    Key workers set up an activities where babies can explore the natural environment. key workers spend time talking to babies about what they see and ensuring babies have opportunities to explore the natural environment such as , the wind blowing through leaves or trees.

  • 4:00pm

    NAPPY CHANGES

    Teachers change nappies regularly depending on babies individual toileting needs. Teachers also ensure they do nappy checks at 8.30am, 12.00 and 4.00pm so that babies are always comfortable. Key workers spend time interacting with babies by singing familiar songs or talking through what they are doing. This is to support their understanding of the nappy changing process, taking advantage of this key learning opportunity.

  • 6:00pm

    HOME TIME

    Teachers take time to share feedback with parents on their babies’ day, highlight any wow moments. Information is recorded on a handout throughout the day ‘painting a picture’ of their day at nursery. Where key workers are not available to handover, they ensure all information is shared Parents can request the key worker to give a ‘over the phone’ handover if they feel more comfortable.

  • 8:00am

    TEACHERS WELCOME CHILDREN

    Children and parents are greeted with a welcoming handshake.
    Children settle in various ways and teachers spend time encouraging children to explore their environment with confidence.

    Children are given the option to have breakfast. They are provided with a selection of cereals

  • 9:00am

    MORNING YOGA

    Children are invited to join in a morning Yoga sessions in key groups. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that’s non-competitive. Fostering cooperation and compassion—instead of opposition—is a great gift to give our children.

  • 9:15am

    MONTESSORI WORK CYCLE

    The children are encouraged to explore the environment choosing apparatus or equipment that interests them. Teachers demonstrate new activities to children focusing on developing independence.

    During this time teachers invite children to access the outdoor area. Children are encouraged to explore all weathers as they learn about appropriate clothing and how to keep safe. They also have the opportunity to explore nature and changes in the environment first hand.

  • 11:45am

    KEY GROUP TIME

    Teachers introduce and welcome children to sing songs and rhymes and storytelling, involving all the children.
    Smaller groups are formed as younger children are encouraged to join in as they develop their communication skills.

  • 12:00pm

    LUNCH

    Children are provided with a healthy nutritious meal freshly cooked. Children are provided with crockery and cutlery to develop their practical life skills and are encouraged to wash their hands and face when needed. Teachers guide them to follow these practices.

  • 12:30pm

    SLEEP/REST

    Teachers provide a quiet space for children to either explore books, to rest or to have a sleep. Soft calming music is played in the background to create a comfortable atmosphere whilst sleeping away from home.
    Children who are awake have the opportunity to explore a range of quieter/ restful activities

  • 2:15pm

    MONTESSORI CYCLE

    The children are encouraged to explore the whole environment choosing apparatus or equipment that interests them. Teachers demonstrate new activities to children focusing on developing independence.

    Some children are more engaged when learning within the outdoor environment; Key group sessions are therefore flexible to meet children’s interests.

  • 4:30pm

    KEY GROUP TIME

    Teachers introduce and welcome children to sing songs and rhymes and storytelling, involving all the children in the mixed age group.

    Smaller groups are formed as younger children are encouraged to join in as they develop their communication skills.

  • 4:45pm

    OUTDOOR EXPLORATION

    Children are encouraged to visit the outdoor environment, to explore opportunities to learn outdoors. They are supported in the curiosities as teachers set up a environment which enables them to take on challenges and learn ways to take safe risks as they develop their gross motor skills.

  • 5:45pm

    WHOLE GROUP TIME

    Children join together for a story, songs and rhymes before home time.

  • 8:00am

    TEACHERS WELCOME CHILDREN

    Children and parents are greeted with a welcoming handshake.
    Children settle in various ways and teachers spend time encouraging children to explore their environment with confidence.

    Children are given the option to have breakfast. They are provided with a selection of cereals

  • 9:15am

    KEY GROUP TIME

    Teachers introduce and welcome children to sing songs and rhymes and storytelling, involving all the children.
    Smaller groups are formed so teachers can support individual children and adapt the activities to meet the needs of the children.

  • 9:30am

    MONTESSORI CYCLE

    The children are encouraged to explore the environment choosing apparatus or equipment that interests them. Teachers demonstrate new activities to children focusing on developing independence.

    During this time teachers invite children to access the outdoor area. Children are encouraged to explore all weathers as they learn about appropriate clothing and how to keep safe.

  • 11:45am

    KEY GROUP TIME

    Teachers introduce and welcome children to sing songs and rhymes and storytelling, involving all the children.
    Smaller groups are formed as younger children are encouraged to join in as they develop their communication skills.

  • 12:00pm

    LUNCH TIME

    Children are provided with a healthy nutritious meal freshly cooked. Children are provided with crockery and cutlery to develop their practical life skills.
    Children are encouraged to set and clear up their own spaces, washing their hands and face when needed. Teachers guide them to follow these practices.

  • 12:30pm

    REST

    Teachers provide a quiet space for children to either explore books, to rest/ have a sleep. Soft calming music is played in the background to create a comfortable atmosphere.
    Children who are awake have the opportunity to explore a range of quieter/ restful activities.

  • 2:00pm

    OUTDOOR EXPLORATION

    Children are encouraged to visit the outdoor environment, to explore opportunities to learn outdoors. They are supported in the curiosities as teachers set up a environment which enables them to take on challenges and learn ways to take safe risks as they develop their gross motor skills.

    During this time teachers invite children to access the outdoor area. They also have the opportunity to explore nature and changes in the environment first hand.

  • 2:30pm

    MONTESSORI CYCLE

    The children are encouraged to explore the whole environment choosing apparatus or equipment that interests them. Teachers demonstrate new activities to children focusing on developing independence.

    Some children are more engaged when learning within the outdoor environment; Key group sessions are therefore flexible to meet children’s interests.

  • 4:00pm

    TEA TIME

    By implementing a set tea time into the day, children develop an understanding towards their physical needs and how their bodies work, with food being one of the most important elements to their day.
    Teachers plan opportunities where children can have a go at preparing their own meals. They are given opportunities to develop their practical life skills by clearing up their own plates.

  • 4:30pm

    STORY TIME

    Teachers introduce and welcome children to sing songs, rhymes and take part in storytelling, involving all the children in the mixed age group.

    Smaller groups are formed as younger children are encouraged to join in as they develop their communication skills.

  • 4:40pm

    CHILD'S VOICE

    Children are given opportunities to share what they have enjoyed or what they would like to do next. Teachers spend this time observing and providing resources to support children in their own planning.

    Children continue to explore the environment encouraging independence.

  • 5:45pm

    WHOLE GROUP TIME

    Children join together for a story, songs and rhymes before home time.

Our Team

Dina Lally is the Manager at Finchley. Dina holds a BA(Hons) in Early Childhood Studies and is a qualified Early Years Teaching Professional (EYP). Dina is committed to improving children’s outcomes and her role, along with her team at Mace Finchley, is to assist your child on their learning journey giving them the freedom to explore and develop in a warm caring environment.

Suzanne, the Deputy Manager holds a Diploma in Montessori Philosophy and Education and also has many years experience in childcare. If you have any day-to-day issues, Suzanne will be happy to answer them.

At Mace, we choose our people for their ability to provide the optimum care and dedication to your child to the exacting standard you would expect as a parent.

All of our staff are CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checked upon joining the company.

All of our staff receive a comprehensive induction programme of training as they start their career with us. Their induction covers subjects such as Paediatric First Aid, Basic Food Hygiene and the extensive Base Room Practices to familiarise themselves with our standards and procedures.

Mace offers one of the widest ranges of training courses available within the industry and we are registered with the LSC with our own approved training scheme covering NVQ and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships, plus many more schemes to ensure that we meet their career development expectations.

Staff ratios are 1:3 for 0-2 year olds, 1:4 for 2-3 year olds and 1:8 for 3-5 year olds.

Our Values

Mace Montessori Schools is commited to delivering exceptional standards of pre-school care and education and an uncompromising approach to quality.

At Mace we recognise the parents as the primary educators of their children, therefore work closely in partnership with the parent in each child’s care and teaching. Respect is shown to family traditions and childcare practices and every effort is made to comply with the parent’s wishes for their child in keeping with the ethos of the school.

We provide a safe and secure environment.

Mace is approved by OFSTED / CSIW (in Wales).

Our staff is fully qualified and given support to further develop their education and training.

Benefits

Benefits to Children

Every day in nursery is carefully planned to ensure your child receives the best learning opportunities in a safe, fun and caring environment while ensuring we meet the individual social, physical and emotional needs of each child.

Our nursery managers and their team realise the importance of building a trusting, confident relationship with parents and carers from the very first day, to ensure they meet all the individual needs of both the parent and the child.

At Mace, we realise the needs of children are very specific and important. We are a market leader in the design, construction and conversion of our buildings to ensure that they are perfect for your little ones, providing the best layout and facilities to enable children to enjoy their time in nursery.

Our nurseries are fun, bright and attractive to children with areas for active play, eating, sleeping and quiet times. All equipment, furniture and facilities from tables and chairs to toilets and wash hand basins are specially designed for children.

Benefits to Parents

At Mace, we understand that leaving your child for the first time in nursery is a big event and can be a stressful and upsetting time for you and sometimes your child, therefore we try to make this as easy as possible. Once your place is booked and before your child starts nursery, we will offer you and your child the opportunity to attend ‘settling-in sessions’. This experience is invaluable and will enable us to begin to build important relationships with you.

Settling in is a gradual process which will help you feel more comfortable and confident in leaving your child for longer periods of time on each visit, and then on their first day, you will be happy and reassured that your child is contented and settled.

We ensure that you are given every opportunity to talk to your child’s Key Worker and other nursery staff. Good communication between staff and parents is vital as it will enable us to provide full reports on the progress your child is making and answer any questions you may have.

Parents’ Evenings are held regularly, which gives you and your child’s Key Worker the opportunity to discuss their progress, needs and development.

Regular newsletters keep parents informed on nursery activities and promotions taking place, changes to policies, general information, updates on the nursery staff team and any other information which you as a parent should be aware of.

There are also notice boards around the nursery, which contain specific information for each nursery room and the activities and events taking place.

Standards

A safe, secure environment is obviously of great importance to any parent leaving their child in a nursery setting.

Our admissions policy is meticulous and at the time of booking your child’s place you will be asked to complete an ‘Authorised Persons to Collect your Child’ form and only these people will be allowed to collect your child from school. Your child will be signed in on the Base Room register each time they attend nursery and signed out when they are collected.

Any visitors or contractors must produce a form of ID before they gain access to the nursery and they are required to sign a visitors/contractors book, which is monitored regularly to ensure that relevant procedures are being followed.

Health and safety is very important to us. We ensure that our nursery provides a safe environment for all children, parents and staff. We have our own team of health and safety experts who work closely with the nurseries to ensure that all safety procedures and practices are adhered to throughout. Our nursery staff receive regular training and updates on health and safety issues and each nursery has a health and safety co-ordinator.

Play

Play is central to a child’s learning.

“Discovery is far more than a means to livelihood, far more than a spice of life. Discovery is the ultimate of human achievement. Discovery is thrill, excitement and euphoria. Discovery is the difference between victory and defeat between satisfaction and disappointment, between success and failure. Discovery is the prime goal of every true research scientist, every explorer of the great unknown.”

– from The Art Of Discovery, by J Oliver 

Play is the opportunity to discover and is consequently central to a child’s learning. It contributes to development of feelings, ideas and imagination, relationships, abstract ways of thinking including the moral and spiritual self.

As such, at Mace we recognise the importance of giving children the time to play and it is, in fact, one of the strengths of the Montessori method that children explore their environment independently and progress at their own speed. The specialised Montessori materials are designed to encourage children’s natural curiosity and to allow them steady progress. Thus, as they play in our nursery, carefully and gently guided by our staff, you will find that your children are not only having fun but learning as well.

Educationalists now recognise the prime importance of play for children’s development. Indeed, some researchers believe that play and laughter actually “fertilise” the brain. Play is also believed to be very important as an antidote to “over-occupied” childhoods, where children take on too many formal organised activities (ballet, football, rugby, learning new language, etc) to leave enough time for playing.

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