The School Day

Nursery

While each day at Heatherton Nursery is a new and exciting adventure, there are some aspects of routine in the school day which are vital for engagement – providing the children with a sense of security and discipline and developing good habits.

A typical day begins with the children arriving between 8:00 and 8:40 in the Early Years Department home base room.

A small healthy snack such as fresh fruit, breadsticks or raisins is provided during the morning session and water or milk are available for pupils to drink.

Children are collected from the main Early Years Department door in the foyer at 12:00. Those staying all day are collected from the foyer at 15:30.

Reception

Reception girls can be dropped off from 08:00 and are encouraged to join the older girls outside on the playground until 08:20. The member of staff on duty in the playground will then ensure that the Reception girls are safely escorted back to the Early Years Department by 08:25.

A small healthy snack such as fresh fruit, breadsticks or raisins is provided during the morning session and water is available at all times for pupils to drink.

The girls participate in regular mid-morning assemblies and the weekly assembly themes are followed up in the classroom. Lunch is at midday in the dining room and is followed by playtime. The afternoon session resumes at 13:10 and ends at 15:15.

Reception parents collect their daughters from the Early Years Department home base side door located within the Early Years Department courtyard.

On a Wednesday and Friday, any Reception girl who has not yet turned five may be collected either before lunch at midday or after lunch at 13:00. They can follow this timetable until the end of the term in which they turn five. For the avoidance of doubt, all girls aged five should be attending full-time school.

Lunchtime collection will always be from the main Early Years Department door in the foyer.

Years 1- 6

All girls can be dropped off in the playground between 08:00 and 08:20, when school starts and registers are taken. They are encouraged to bring in a healthy snack to eat at morning break to keep up their stamina and energy levels.

All the girls from Years 1-6 participate in regular mid-morning assemblies and the weekly assembly themes are followed up in form times and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) lessons.

Lunch is eaten in the dining room and the sessions are staggered with the younger children eating first. During the lunch break, all children will have lunchtime play or may attend a club.

Collection times

Unless the girls are participating in extra-curricular activities or attending after-school care, collection times are:

Years 1 and 2: the school day finishes at 15:30, when the girls are collected from the back door
Years 3 to 6: the school day finishes at 15:40, when the girls are collected from the back door