The Lindens Day

Working within a strong and regular rhythm promotes a sense of security and self-confidence. The Lindens’ day follows a rhythm incorporating the days, months, and year into it, giving form and structure to the morning so that the young child knows what to expect.

Our Daily Rhythm

Arrival time ~ 9:00 am

The children are welcome  to join in the morning activity or to help with the daily preparation of snack, and then join their friends in free, creative play. When we are done we begin to tidy up, all working together to put everything back in it’s home.

Circle Time

We join hands and have circle time where we come together to sing songs, learn stories and games, reflecting the seasons. Finger games and counting rhymes continue whilst the children take turns to go to the toilet and wash their hands with the assistant.

Snack Time

We sit at the table to enjoy a healthy snack that the children have helped to prepare. During snack time there is an opportunity for the children to share their news and listen to each other.

Garden Time

After snack we get ready to play in the garden spending an hour outside, whatever the weather. We have a mud kitchen, a play house, a sandpit, there is a raised bed to tend to and plenty of space for the children to explore.

Story Time

We finish the morning with story time, this will be a story that has been learnt by the teacher and is repeated daily for the course of the week so that the children can begin to truly understand it. Each story is chosen carefully around the season and carry themes that will support the children’s social and emotional understanding. On special weeks puppet plays will be performed for the children with the eldest children taking part in helping.

Home Time ~ 1:00 pm

At 1:00 we will then say our goodbyes to those children not staying for the afternoon.

Afternoon Care, 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Children staying for lunch and afternoon will share a cooked lunch together.

Rest Time

All children will have a short rest while the teacher quietly plays the lyre.

Free Play

Children lead imaginative play inside or outside, drawing, crafts, or stories also provided.

Home Time

At 3:00 we will sing our goodbyes and all go home.

Our weekly Rhythm

The Lindens day fits within our larger weekly rhythm;








Soup Making




Rice with Tamari

Soup and Pitta Bread

Savoury Millet​

Bread and Jam

Apple Crumble

The Lindens Early Years Setting CIC 

Company number: 12724355

The Lindens, Lower Street, Stroud, GL5 2HT

t: 01453 762526