A not-for-profit nursery in Whitton, Twickenham
A not-for-profit nursery in Whitton, Twickenham

A typical day at Squirrels Day Nursery

A daily routine gives children a sense of security. This is why we ensure each day is properly structured while leaving enough time for spontaneous activities.


We have two generous playrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen so meals can be cooked on site.  There is a variety of surfacing in the garden and adequate cover allowing for outdoor play in most climates.

The daily routine at a glance (flexible allowing for spontaneity)

8.00 Breakfast and self-registration

8.50 Last serving of breakfast
9.00 Group registration, days of the week and weather
9.30 Adult led and child-initiated activities
10.00 Snack time
10.30 Indoor/outdoor adult led and child-initiated activities
10.45 Nappy change and toileting
11.30 Circle time: sensory stories, songs, music and movement
11.40 Hand wash
11.45 Lunch time
12.30 Tidy up after lunch/relaxation time for children
13.00 Naptime
13.00 Indoor/outdoor adult led and child-initiated activities
14.00 Snack time
14.15 Nappy change and toileting
14.30 End of naptime
15.50 Hand wash
16.00 Teatime
16.30 Educational videos programmes
17.00 Circle time: sensory stories, songs
17.30 Quiet activities in classroom 2
18.00 Home time


Meals and Snacks


Breakfast, lunch, a light tea and mid-session refreshments are prepared on the premises by our cook using fresh produce. We provide a well-balanced and nutritious diet and make mealtimes a social and relaxed occasion. The children and staff sit together in small groups so that conversation and table manners, self-help skills and independence can be encouraged. 


The children enjoy all aspects of mealtimes including preparing dishes to share, choosing whom to sit with and laying the tables. We cater for a variety of dietary needs including a vegetarian option. We encourage children to make choices: 


  • Lunchtime - children serve themselves (staff encourage everyone to try a variety of foods), children regularly choose whom to sit with at mealtimes.
  • Light Tea - children can choose from a wide variety of finger foods and snacks. 


Staff are encouraged to eat with the children to provide good role models. 

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