The day to day routine at Little Downsend
The days at Little Downsend for all children follow a routine, but activities within the day are rich and varied. The general flow to the day is as follows:
Early Bird Club
Included within your fees, Early Bird Club welcomes children for time to play, colour and catch up with friends before the day starts.
Children move to classrooms
10:30am - 10:50am:
Reception and Year One Playtime
Children are able to play outdoors in our large open spaces, climbing forts, riding trikes, or tinker with toys in our covered play areas.
First Steps and Rising Reception morning sessions end
Lunch and Playtime
Registration and afternoon school begins
Day ends and after school clubs start
15:30 - 16:00
Included within your fees, all children are able to stay for Late Club, supervised by our qualified team.
15:30 - 16:30
We offer a variety of after school clubs so children are able to learn new skills.
16:00 - 18:00:
At an additional charge, children can stay until 18:00, with tea at 16:30.
Should you need a longer school day, the Little Downsends are open from 07:45 until 16:30, included within your fees. For an additional cost, we offer an extended day until 18:00, supervised by our qualified teaching staff. Our extended day also includes a substantial tea at 16:30 and can be booked on an ad hoc basis.
Holiday club – Downsend Early Years +
We are able to offer year-round child care through our holiday club. First Steps and Rising Reception children attend Downsend Early Years +, which runs from 08:00 to 17:30 and includes a hot lunch and afternoon tea. Children love the themed activity weeks and are able to take part in arts and crafts, cookery, and outdoor play.
Reception and Year One children attend Downsend + which is an action-packed activity programme with non-stop activities from swimming, to cookery, to board games. We also offer courses such as cycling proficiency, fencing, and jewellery making!
Healthy, nutritious, and home-cooked food
We know how important it is to provide healthy, nutritious, and filling meals, as well as teaching children the importance of making healthy choices and learning polite table manners.
We provide milk and water at break times and we ask parents to bring in fruit and vegetables as a snack. For lunch, we have on-site catering, offering nutritionally balanced lunches, catering to specific dietary requirements. We aim to strike a careful balance between nutritious meals alongside something tasty that children enjoy and want to try.