The baby unit caters for children aged 3 months to 22/24 months. However if we or you, the parent, feel that your child will benefit by going into the next group earlier, this can be arranged. The daily routine is very flexible. It is not until the children are older that we operate a more structural routine. We supply formula milk, nappies, lunches, snacks and drinks.
Initially, the parents can work out a routine with the staff, which the child has adapted to at home. A tick sheet will be kept recording your child's well being and progress throughout the day, which can be taken home by parents.
As the child settles she/he will eventually adapt to the nursery routine.
The staff will plan each week which equipment they will provide using a wide variety of toys and equipment to stimulate each child's senses and development. These include soft toys, mobiles, music boxes, play mats, push and pull toys, puzzles, books/pictures, bricks, rattles, puppets, posting boxes, as well as the one-to-one contact of love, cuddles, praise and encouragement. We follow the governments 'birth to three' matters very closely.
An outdoor play area is also provided which is fully enclosed. There will also be an opportunity for messy and creative activities, a comfortable area is available for staff when feeding babies and a quiet room for sleeping.
The staff also assesses the children and set out goals for their future development. Because of this, you as a parent will feel confident and reassured that your child is receiving the best care and personal touch.
The Toddler room caters for children aged 22/24 months to 36 months, they are able to mix freely and benefit from a variety of activities, with help and encouragement from all staff. Depending on the ability of each individual child, we consider moving children into the pre-school room earlier." We would not do this without prior consultation with the parents. We have found some children are ready earlier than others.
The staff will plan each week what creative and play activities will be carried out, trying to cover all areas of development, in particular their language skills and social and emotional development. Free play will also be available. The activities will be connected to a particular theme or topic on a weekly basis under the following headings.
- Personal, Social & Emotional Development
- Language Development
- Messy Play
- Imaginative/Role Play
- Intellectual Development
- Physical Development
- Creative Development
- Stories & Songs
- Fine/Gross Manipulative Skills Table Top Toys/Games
The 36 months to when the children are ready for school. A structured programme of pre-school education in the form of small group activities, as well as one-to-one teaching. The pre-school curriculum is devised in conjunction with the 'Early Learning Goals' document, recommended by OFSTED.
Activities are planned under the following headings.
- Language & Literacy
- Creative Development
- Mathematical Development
- Physical Development Personal, Social & Emotional Development
- Knowledge & Understanding of the World
This is displayed on the parent's notice board in reception. Weekly planning involves the breaking down of these headings, plus the basic skills of mathematics, writing, phonics and eventually reading. Although it is a structural plan of events, there is still the opportunity for free play, as all the children are encouraged to develop at their own pace.
The children are assessed by observation and written records are kept of their progress and development.
We are regulated by OFSTED and receive the Nursery Education Grant for all 3 and 4 year olds. A copy of our inspection report can be found on the parent's notice board.