6 months to 2 years Area
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Our Baby Area is situated at the back of the building on the ground floor, with good access to the fire exit. It consists of a large carpeted room with a wet area, a sensory room, sleep room and changing area. The large room is used for everything from water play, creative activities and trundle toys, to providing a cosy eating area for family style snack and/or meal-times. The large room opens out onto a small outside playing area with textured flooring for the under two’s to use when they are not in the front area or at the garden.
There is a carpeted area which can incorporate a low fence for those babies who are not quite mobile yet, but who enjoy the stimulation of watching those who are, whilst they play safely.
There is also a quiet sensory room with books and soft toys, music and soft furnishings, which the children can crawl/toddle freely into.
Food will be served by the staff working in this area, as and when your child requires it. There is a small kitchenette for bottle storage, warming and washing up.
Adjoining the quiet room there is a sleep room containing cots and low beds, (push-chairs are also available). We will follow your child’s routine at home as much as is possible. The sleep room has a window looking into it from the play area and your child will be supervised at all times. Sleep times will be recorded for your information.
Sheets and blankets are changed and laundered after every child’s use for hygiene purposes. If your child has a special comforter please let him/her bring it to nursery, clearly marked with his/her name if possible.
Each child will be given his/her own basket for the wipes and nappies which we ask you to provide (at least 5 per day please), plus a complete set of spare clothes in case of accidents whilst having fun with water or paint!
The babies are stimulated using all of their senses so activities and toys are provided to encourage this. Activities are planned on a weekly basis following a simple theme including colour, shape number etc, concentrating on your child’s physical, intellectual, social, linguistic and emotional development.
Your baby will use the outdoor area regularly and have opportunities to see and play with older children as this is what many children experience at home. He/she will also be able to play with sand, water and paint regularly.
Allowing for individual needs we do have a routine for babies but this is flexible.
What is this area like?
8.00am - 9.00am - Welcome and breakfast for those that would like it. As children arrive they will be offered supported free flow play opportunities.
9.00am-9.30am Mini-Gymini’s up on the raised play area.
9.30am – 11.30am - Staff and children sing the ‘Good morning’ song, and discuss what activities are available that day in line with the weekly planning sheet for the day’s learning opportunities. Nappy changing/bottle feeding/toileting will take place during this time. Children are given/encouraged to help themselves to snack at approx 9.30am. The following opportunities will be available for the children to experience: water, sand, story-time, painting, outdoor play, dancing, singing, heuristic play, floor toys, musical toys, Beach Schools, trips, together time with
key persons etc.
11.30am - 12.15pm - Lunch time in small sociable groups of mixed ages. Food is served to the children by the staff. Tooth brushing and tidy up afterwards.
12.15pm - 1.00pm - Story time followed by sleep or quiet activity time. Some children are prepared for home time with feedback to parents. Children will sleep according to your wishes.
1.00pm - 4.00pm - Follow the weekly planning sheet for the day’s learning opportunities. Nappy changing/bottle feeding/toileting will take place during this time. Children will be given/encouraged to help themselves to snack at approximately 2pm. The following opportunities will be available for the children to experience: water, sand, story-time, painting, outdoor play, dancing, singing, heuristic play, floor toys, treasure baskets, musical toys, trips, together time with key persons etc.
4.00pm – 4.30pm Tea-time in small groups, again as at lunch.
4.30 - 6.00pm – Evening play time, nappy changing, preparing children for home time, and feedback to parents.