This large room accommodates up to twenty-four children at any one time aged between three and five years. The room is designed to encourage the children to independently access their own resources throughout the day, choosing activities that interest them to explore either on their own or with an adult or peer. Play is uninterrupted by routines, with a rolling snack table readily available, where the children are encouraged to pour their own drinks and help themselves to the snacks on offer.
The activities on offer at any time includes a malleable materials bench, where the children can make models with materials such as clay, play dough and plasticine; a creative area with a variety of resources including paints, collage materials, junk modelling, magazines for cutting and colouring pencils; a space for resting and reading; large floor areas where the children are able to explore a variety of toys and equipment of their choosing; a messy area where the children explore materials such as sand, gloop, water play, pasta, soapflakes, oats and slime; a computer table and an imaginary area which includes dressing up and a home corner which changes regularly according to the children’s interests. The Owls have a separate outdoor area that is utilised throughout the day, encouraging the children to play and explore both inside and out during each session, as well as spending time in the main garden.
The staff plan activities for each session based around children’s needs, identified through observations throughout their time at nursery. Group sessions are both planned and spontaneously take place; with activities such as matching games, listening games, musical sessions, parachute play, and stories and singing being very popular.