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How many hours of Continuous Provision

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by notrightnow, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. notrightnow

    notrightnow New commenter


    I am in a very large open plan environment (mixed Nursery/Reception) I am concerned that the children don't get to have enough time in the environment.

    As it stands at the moment we are in school for 6 hours a day (some nursery children sleep in the afternoons)

    Out of that 6 hours the children have approximately 2 hours of CP time. (This is split over the morning and afternoon so sleeping children only get 1 hour)
    The rest of the time is Group Times (where we are in our own classes 3x a day for 20 minutes 1x a day for 40 - 1hr 40mins
    Outside Play - 1 Hour (this is how breaks are handled - half staff gone for 30mins at a time)
    Lunch and Outside Play - 1 Hour
    We also have specialist lessons (music, PE and swimming...we live in a hot country!) This makes up the extra time but varies on the particular day

    I'm trying to implement some changes but understandably some of the staff are worried about how it will affect their breaks. How do you manage it in your environment?

    I was wondering if anyone would mind sharing with me how long the children in your settings have for Continuous Provision.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Skip the group times, almost completely.
    Maybe keep a 15 min one for phonics in reception and a 15 minute storytime for everyone at the end of the session, but that's all you need.

    My day (nursery only, but reception is similar) goes something like this...
    8.40 - 8.50 Register and number time
    8.50 - 10.15 CP (1hr 25 mins)
    10.15-10.30 Milk and phase 1 phonics
    10.30 -10.55 Snack and outside play
    10.55 - 12.15 CP (1hr 30 mins)
    12.15 -12.25 Storytime
    12.25-1.25 Lunch and outside play
    1.25 - 1.35 Register and chatter time
    1.35 - 2.35 CP (1hr)
    2.35 - 3.05 Snack and outside play
    3.05 - 3.40 CP (35 mins)
    3.40 - 3.55 Storytime and home

    So 4.5 hours of CP a day.
    But, like you, we also have specialist teachers, which takes about an hour each day at various times, so cutting things to about 3.5 hours of CP.
    However, the outside play times are also free play with various equipment, so could be seen as CP to some extent, which adds another hour and a half a day.

    As long as you keep the outside play bits to allow for breaks, then you could add an hour a 40 mins a day to the CP with little change. Reception could do phonics while nursery sleep.
    Make sure you have a good variety of equipment outside and children will get all they need.
  3. notrightnow

    notrightnow New commenter

    Thats really useful thank you!
    Our outside area is reasonably well resourced, but as there are so many staff are 'away' it is much more of a 'duty' I think i'll try to encourage a few more outside resources to mirror what we have inside.

    Its going to be a battle to get people to agree to lose group times but i'm going to try!

    It is very useful to see that my gut is right and that we are not letting them have enough time to investigate our environment. I was beginning to doubt myself!
  4. TeacherMan19

    TeacherMan19 Occasional commenter

    Just to a
    Just to add my two cents, you don't want to mirror outside what is inside. You want it to be an extension of including things which you don't and can't get inside. Building materials should be BIG one, bikes etc. Mud kitchen and water play!
  5. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    totally agree.

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