Babraham Nursery routine

A daily routine is important, as it provides structure and reassurance to small children. Our routines are designed to be practical enough to cope with the demands of the nursery, and yet flexible enough to provide a happy, relaxed and stimulating environment where you can safely leave your child. Ducklings (babies) follow a routine that suits their natural rhythms, while the daily pattern for all other age groups follows a similar basic structure, but is tailored to their specific needs.


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Daily routine

9.45 - 11.00am
11.15am - 12:00 noon
12.00 noon - 12.45pm
1.00 - 2.30pm
2.30 - 3.00pm
3.00 - 4.00pm
4.00 - 4.45pm
4.45pm - 5.45pm
5.45pm (5.15pm Fri)
Breakfast Club opens
Nursery opens - free play
Rolling snack time / free-flow play
Group activities
Sleep / rest time (younger ones), free play and planned activities
Rolling snack time
Free-flow play
Tea time
Free-flow play
Home time


Play provision and equipment is tailored to each age group and all of our activities are designed to stimulate each child to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. All children are treated as individuals and as equals, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religious or cultural background.

Our focus on fun activities extends beyond the nursery walls. Because of the importance we place on developing a strong working partnership with parents, we also organise regular family-friendly activities and social events involving parents, staff and children.


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Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a set of standards and guidelines covering your child’s learning, development and care from birth to five years of age. It’s akin to an instruction manual covering early years’ best practice. EYFS cannot replace good training and experience, but it does help us to give your child the best start in life, and to help you support your child’s learning and development.

Staff and staff qualifications

We take very seriously the quality of care we provide, and for that reason employ a high proportion of fully qualified staff. Their qualifications range from Level 2 in Childcare to a Masters in Early Years Education.

All forms of in-house and offsite training and further education are encouraged, and staff members undertake everything from first aid and child protection courses, to Level 3 Diplomas, Foundation Degrees, BA Hons and beyond.

Breakfast Club

The nursery runs a breakfast club to take the pressure of parents who need an early start – on either a permanent or occasional basis. The Breakfast Club operates from 7.45am to 8.45am Monday to Friday. There’s a choice of cereals, toast, milk, fruit and yoghurt. A senior member of nursery staff, supported by up to two other nursery workers, is on hand at all times in a supervisory role.

The cost is £7.37 per session for regular bookings, or £9.18 for occasional bookings, including the cost of breakfast itself. (Please note that from April 2016 prices will be £7.52 for regular and £9.36 for occasional bookings).

Healthy eating

Good, healthy food makes all the difference to how children learn, develop, sleep – and even behave. We employ our own full-time cook and kitchen assistant, and have our own catering kitchen on the premises. Our chefs provide a balanced and nutritional diet, and use fresh produce whenever possible. We also follow the 'Eat better, start better' programme developed by the Children’s Food Trust. Special dietary needs are catered for and menus are always displayed on the parents’ noticeboard in reception and are available upon request.

We do not store or serve nuts in the nursery, however we may serve foods from packaging that includes the words ‘may contain nuts’, or ‘produced in a factory containing nuts’, or similar. However, if a child attends nursery with a diagnosed nut allergy we will immediately remove these items from the menu.

Eat better, start better


If your child is unwell please don’t bring them to the nursery, as doing so isn’t fair on your child, our staff, other children, or their parents. In all health matters we follow the guidance provided by Public Health England.

If your child cannot attend due to illness a phone call is always appreciated (and essential if they have a communicable disease, so that we may inform other parents).