Typical Day

How can a ‘Typical Day’ at Barnies really be explained when working with children is always so unpredictable but that’s the pleasure and charm that makes our day so special and rewarding.

Research identifies that children thrive best when they have the familiarity and assurance of a safe and regular pattern and structure to their day. Therefore, we often use a pictorial time line for reference because children from birth to five have limited communication and understanding skills. Through pictorial evidence they can identify and be confident about the time frame in the day; where we are’ NOW’ and what is coming ‘NEXT’.

Therefore the typical routine of the day for the Over Two section is as follows (further explanation can be found under our ‘Play at Barnies and Individual Learning Plans sections):

8.00 – 9.00 – Arrivals and breakfast, mixed group free play and settling into nursery. Older children are invited to help prepare snack.

9:15 – Whole over twos register, singing session with classical nursery rhymes and songs, action songs and sometimes a more vigorous physical action session.

9.00 – 11.30 – Key Person time with planned group and individual activities or child initiated and led activities depending on how the day goes. Planned activities are linked to the Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) to meet the age and stage of the children’s development. These may be indoors or outside as the learning environment is designed to encourage learning opportunities in all areas. The book of the week is read at a natural point during this period in small groups of 5 or 6 children.

9.30 – 10.00 approx – Children are encouraged to self serve snack.

12.00 – 2.00 – Lunch followed by a quiet period or sleep depending on individual requirements and once again mixed group free play completely child initiated. At approximately 1.30 we encourage children to tidy up as a group sorting exercise but naturally with support and direction. Those that have had a sleep rejoin the group and the children come together for quiet individual reading at the table before staring the afternoon with a milk drink.

2.00 – 4.00 – Key Person time resumes and children separate into activities as in the morning session.

4.00 – 6.00 – Tea followed by mixed group free play.
Children arrive and depart through out the day depending on the contractual arrangements but the purpose of this guide provides a general over view.

Children in the Under Two section follow more individual routines as determined in partnership with the parent/carer. However, as children naturally develop in confidence and skill they are encouraged to explore and experience similar activities and routines familiar to the older children. As and when appropriate they are encouraged to visit the over two section to experience group meals and singing sessions etc. in preparation for the transition into that unit.

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@ Hadlow


This Barnies is situated within the grounds of Hadlow Primary School, near Tonbridge, and has been registered since January 2004.


@ Hop Farm


This Barnies is situated within the grounds of the Hop Farm Country Park, near Paddock Wood, and has been registered since 1999.


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Established since 1996 primarily for nursery care Barnies now provides an all encompassing child care provision for parents with children from birth to eleven years.

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