3 months-2 years (Proto Stars)
Our babies are cared for independently on the first floor of the nursery in our bright, Baby-Unit. We operate on a staff ratio of 1:3. Every aspect of the care of our very youngest children; feeding, changing, sleeping and play, takes place in purpose developed rooms. All the rooms are furnished to a high standard and the play room has been equipped with interesting and entertaining toys and resources to aid early development.
Each day parents are able to discuss with the key educator all the days activities and pass on any relevant information. You will be given a daily diary, containing information recording all aspects of your babies day in detail, including sleeps, feeds, drinks, nappy changes and the days happenings and achievements !
Continuity and stability of routine and care are very important. We endeavour to maintain and emulate the routines followed by parents at home. Staff will discuss with you the individual requirements of your baby when they start with us and will aim to care for your child in much the same way as you do at home.
The Baby-Unit day is naturally very much governed by feeds and sleeps, activities taking place when the children are most receptive to them. The days activities reflect the individual stages of development that the various children have reached: they include songs & nursery rhymes, stories, construction toys, activity gyms, moving toys – and of course, older babies enjoy messy play / painting, water, playdough and cornflour too!
Babies are able to rest in a separate area within our dedicated baby area or in the comfortable sleep room where they are safely monitored.
Throughout the year our babies enjoy buggy rides and their first early steps in our spacious garden which is equipped for their needs so that they can independently access toys and resources.
1– 3 years (Shooting Stars)
The Shooting Stars are based on the ground floor of the nursery in two large playrooms that have been knocked through. The room is light and airy and the play equipment has been carefully considered to afford children the opportunity to discover and experiment independently, within a provision of structured activities.
We operate on a staff ratio of 1:4, children in this age group will be encouraged and supported to be independent and help carrying out daily tasks such as laying the table for lunch, helping put toys away in the correct place. We provide messy activities including sand and water play as they are both therapeutic and creative, challenging children’s their imaginations and energies.
The day is structured around break-times and meal-times, with an organised rest period after lunch. Children that stay all day brush their teeth after their lunch and then settle on a snooze mat to sleep indoors or outside in the secure garden (weather permitting).
We encourage exploration of the indoor and out door environment, to develop their co-ordination skills, balance and muscle control, whilst encouraging them to take their turn and fulfil their curiosity. Our range of outdoor toys and the spacious garden encourages the children’s confidence and motivation.
As children approach their 3rd birthday, they will begin to make regular visits to Pre-school. Regular visits will help to assist the children with a smooth and comfortable transition.
3-4 years (Star Bursts)
Children attending the Pre-school are in a ratio of 1:8. The EYFS curriculum contains both structured play with adult-led activities and opportunities for free play in and around the Pre-school room and the garden. There are times for fun and discovery, for exploring and letting off steam, for quiet play and stories, for craft and messy play and for making friendships with their key educator person and with the other children. Particular attention is paid to personal and social skills for the children to be considerate and kind, developing their confidence and self esteem to make sense of the world they live in.
Careful consideration is given to the format of the day. The seven areas of learning are covered with routines, activities and topic work. We value unplanned opportunities to seize the day and be flexible with our in the moment planning in response to the changing weather, children’s immediate interests, recent experiences and visitors. The children have opportunities to access all our resources and to participate in our planning process.
A wide selection of resources are offered and are available for the children to self-select, which promotes independent learning. Individual levels of achievement are recorded and on line developmental profiles are shared with parents/carers through the Elog app which parents and carers can contribute towards. In the final months before school, development reports are shared with your child’s new school.