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Keyworker time

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by current, Apr 5, 2019.

  1. current

    current New commenter

    Hi, I’m looking for some advice on keyworker sessions within a school based nursery. Last year I was an NQT, wasn’t early years trained, with all of my PGCE placements in KS2. I inherited the daily plan and adult led sessions form the last teacher and went with it. Now in my RQT year I have realised that what consists of my keyworker time, date board, sound of the week, number of the week and a song of the week is not what a key worker session is about, and it’s too long, we can be sat on the carpet for more than 15 mins.
    So my question is how do other setting start their morning and afternoon? I want to keep it short but useful so I can get them into provision before phonics, and yes I have been going from keyworker to phonics-those poor children. :(
    Any ideas would be welcome.
  2. neverstopdreaming

    neverstopdreaming New commenter

    We have 3 hour sessions and some children who stay all day. We have a carpet time at the beginning of the session and one at the end. The one at the beginning is after a short settling in period and is a whole class session, then we split up for key groups at the end. The rest of the time is free flow inside and outside. We do a range of different things during our whole class carpet and key worker sessions - stories and activities linked to stories we’ve read, songs, maths, understanding the world activities, listening games and other phase 1 phonics activities. We are quite flexible with them - sometimes we might swap them over or have two key worker sessions or two whole class carpet times. I think it’s about figuring out what works for your children because cohorts can be so different. Hope this helps!
  3. ChanChan123

    ChanChan123 New commenter

    At our setting our Small Group Times are based on individual children's next steps. These are based on our assessments of each child and can range from building resilience to recognising numbers, etc.

    We have 15 of almost free play which is a 'settling time' . Activities are put for the children to explore and these are often linked to a next step or interest. After 15 minutes we tidy up and start group time.

    My group time tends to look like:
    Count how many children are here and put out spots,
    Explain what we are doing 'first welcome time then silly soup'
    Sit down and sing hello,
    Day, date and month (all accompanied by song! Ha)
    A 'register' with initial letters
    Weather (another song)
    Then the planned activity - silly soup, a counting game, talking about appearances, creating faces with different facial features. It all ranges based on who is in that day and their next step.

    We are a children's centre so a bit different we have some children all day but the way lunches are set up means our group time is first thing in the morning and pretty near to last in the afternoon.

    Hope this is of any help

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