Newgate street Play Scheme

Under 5′s:

Activities for the under 5′s closely follow The Early Years Foundation Stage (2012) Framework. All activities are age appropriate and provide the children with the opportunity to learn through play.

Some activities are planned to ensure children are progressing in their development.

Whilst others are child initiated, where resources are provided for children to make their own choices and to explore for themselves.

In order to support your child’s learning and development comprehensively, we carry out observations. This helps us to understand what particularly interests your child.

We then use these observations to plan activities for your child and to provide the resources your child requires. All of our observations, daily diaries, pictures and videos of your child at play, are hosted on Tapestry, our electronic Learning Journal.

You will be given personal login details to your child’s learning Journey where you can view their progress daily.

We encourage you to join in by adding your own observations, pictures, comments and to use this as a forum to feed back.

This is also a unique opportunity to include relatives by sharing login details, giving grandparents and distant relatives a window in your child’s daily nursery life.

I try to vary the activities as much as possible. I have a large number of toys and resources both indoor and outdoor. Some of the activities include…

Indoor activities: 

Painting, cooking, puzzles ...

games, cutting, sticking, play dough, construction ...

reading, writing, counting, singing, dancing, making music...

dressing up and role play.

Outdoor activities:

We have fantastic resource in our outside area, which we make full use of all year round.

We walk in all weather; you will need to provide wellies, warm clothing and rain coats for the winter.

Autumn is my favorite season, the children are fascinated by all the different colours of the trees.

We will often collect things and include them in our craft time, to observe the changes through the year.
In the summer, you will need to provide swimmers/sun suits, Sun Cream and hats.

Even if we are not in the pool, we engage in a lot of water based and outdoor play. Babies are kept out of direct sun.

Those who believe can search for our garden fairies.

We have a fantastic climbing frame/ slide/monkey bars and swing set and a little tike’s Wendy- house and slide, as well a huge field to run around in.

We even grow our own vegetables and have plenty of fruit trees. We have a huge variety of wild life; the children love to quietly observe a Muntjac Deer sneaking across our garden to steal our plums!

We have Foxes, Rabbits, Squirrels, Pheasants, Wild Ducks, the list goes on.

Over 5′s

After school and holiday activities for the Over 5′s may include some of the above but I also encourage the older children to have some relaxation time after their busy day at school.

There are age appropriate games and puzzles as well as the opportunity to ‘chill out’ in the living room with books and DVD’s.

I also provide the children with a quiet space and help, to complete their homework if necessary.


During term time include visits to local parks, the library, toddler groups.

During the school holidays we may go further afield to visit farms, theme parks (some of these activities may require additional fees).