Nursery day

A day with us

Whatever time your child arrives at nursery, they will be greeted by our friendly team and made to feel welcome. We will encourage the children to wave goodbye, to help reassure them that you will be returning later in the day.

(If you arrive between 7:30 and 9.00am you will go into our main nursery, where the children are all together enjoying breakfast, before splitting into groups to go into the rooms for their daily routine.)

The rooms are all set up to provide a ‘free flow’ routine. This means the children can choose to participate in purposeful play activities of their choice inside or out.

At around 10.00 am the children are offered a snack consisting of fruit, milk and water. Children then return to playing. There are activities throughout the morning, both spontaneous and planned, all in line with your child’s interest and development.

At 11.30am we all sit down and have lunch with our friends. This might be a packed lunch which you have provided, or a school dinner - either way the children sit with adult support at the table (or in high chairs). During this time the children are encouraged to try new foods and develop their social skills.

Some children then go home and afternoon children arrive.

In the afternoon some children like to have a sleep, (each child is provided with their own bed mat and blankets, which the nursery launders) our babies have cots or individual sleep mats provided.

During this time we are having a quiet play time, a time to relax after dinner and re-charge for the rest of the day.

At around 2.30pm we offer another snack of fruit and water, which the children can access when they are ready. There is also free flow between the inside and outside and various activities for the children to access, again supporting and developing individual learning. Tea time is at 4 o’clock, by this time some children have gone home for the day. Children here after 4pm are offered a delicious light tea, prepared freshly at nursery. After tea its time for some more play inside and out with activities to keep them learning until it is time to go home.

Throughout the day there are singing and stories galore either 1:1 or as a group. We love story time and have story sacks to support and enrich this time with the children. We also love to cook and often make yummy treats to take home.



Alpha nursery is mindful that all children require healthy balanced meals and snacks and may have allergies. We ensure that the nursery is nut and shellfish free and that children are offered a variety of healthy foods during snacks and meal times.

We offer the choice of bringing in a packed lunch or purchasing meals from the nursery.

If your child has a funded only space, optional meal charges are as follows:

  • Breakfast: 50p (a selection of cereals, toast and yoghurts)
  • Cooked lunch: £2.00 (payable for all children wanting a meal to be provided)
  • Tea: £1.00


Lunch menu / Tea menu

Week 1







Fish fingers



Steam baked herb and garlic fish in tomato sauce

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Chicken Curry



Vegetable fingers


Vegetarian Sausages

Cheese courgette bites

Quorn Bolognaise

Vegetable curry



Potato wedges

Baked beans

Carrot and swede mash

Onion gravy

Potato wedges


Garlic Bread

Rice & naan bread

Onion bhaji and mango chutney



Eves pudding


Rice pudding with Jam

Summer berry cobbler with custard

Banana and custard

Fruit and greek yougurt


Spaghetti on toast.

Chocolate chip muffin

Tortellini in squash sauce

Pear and raspberry pudding

Jacket potato with beans and  optional cheese

  Blueberry / banana bombs

Cheese and Marmite pudding

    Double chocolate beetroot cup cakes     


Salmon and Broccoli bake


Week 2







Toad in the hole



Sweet and sour chicken

Meat balls

Fish Cakes


Vegetarian toad in the hole


Vegetable Lasagne

Sweet and sour vegetables

Quorn Balls

Vegetable burger


Boiled potatoes

roasted courgette and carrots

Garlic Bread

With rice and spring rolls


Homemade chips

Spaghetti hoops


Pear and apple crumble with custard

Milk jelly and ice cream


Banana cake

Winter Berry Pudding


Vegetable Pizza

Fruit Fairy cakes

Leek and potato soup with crusty bread

Oat cookie

Tuna pasta Bake

Apple flap jack

Savoury Bread and butter pudding

 Cherry cheesecake muffins


Cheese and Tomato Quiche

Carrot and Parsnip cake

Week 3







Chicken risotto


Fish Pie

                   Roast Beef

Poultry and leek pie

Chilli Con carne


Butternut squash Risotto


Creamy vegetable pie

Quorn Roast

Cream leek pie

Quorn Chilli


Peas and sweetcorn

Root vegetables, mash, peas and sweetcorn

Roast Potatoes, Cauliflower, cabbage and sweetcorn.

Creamy mashed potato

Broccoli and carrots

Rice and Nachos


Bread and Butter pudding with custard

Pear and ginger sponge

Fruit and ice cream


Angel delight


Rice Pudding with fruit puree



Curried Parsnip Soup

Courgette cookie


Jacket potato with tuna and sweetcorn

Fruit Fingers

Beans on toast

Banana Flap Jack

Vegetable Lasagne

Lemon drizzle cake

Macaroni cheese

Chocolate Cake