The Structure of the Morning
The morning has a rhythm of coming together for group activities i.e. baking, morning tea, singing circle and story telling time, interspersed with free play. There is a balance between structured times and unstructured times in the morning rhythm which provides children with a sense of familiarity, safety and security.
We begin the morning by making organic buns together, which we bake and have with fruit for morning tea. The parents and caregivers participate in making the buns along with their children. This time around the table is an opportunity for parents to get to know each other and their children. Singing our baking songs becomes a much enjoyed and anticipated activity for everyone. The children are free to leave the baking when they wish and play with the ‘open ended’ toys provided.
There is plenty of scope for the children to play inside and outside. We use natural materials for construction of the toys i.e wood, shells, cotton cloths and wool. We believe in nurturing children’s senses. Toys are as unformed as possible to allow scope for imaginative play. There are sandpits and wonderful outdoor areas in both locations. We occasionally have a seasonal art or craft activity.