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Cherubs (Baby Room)


We have a spacious, bright, colourful and homely baby unit with a wide range of traditional toys, with lots of different textures and shapes for babies to explore. Hanging mobiles and wall picturesoffer stimulus for the eye, and music, singing and talk are sounds to be heard throughout the day. Our baby room is self-contained, with a nappy changing area, and its own kitchen for preparing and storing milk, baby meals and drinks, and sterilising of all feeding equipment. The babies have their own secure patio area, where the babies can access their own outdoor area, which offers a variety of both physical and sensory experiences. There are plenty of opportunities for free movement or to play in the play nest, activity gyms, Kasbah den, garden and tunnel, or to relax in our musical swing.

 

Our treasure baskets and heuristic items excite babies with items chosen to stimulate all the senses. Our staff are very experienced training in caring for babies and  plan for babies’ individual development needs, to ensure that each child has appropriate learning opportunities. At all times the babies are aware that they are in a safe and warm environment where they will receive plenty of attention, love and care. Our Ofsted report states our ‘Babies and children have a strong exploratory impulse which is further enhanced because staff provide a wealth of interesting resources and materials for them to investigate’.

 

   

 

Snowdrops


Our Toddler Room is a lovely spacious bright room. The emphasis with this age group is learning through play, and using sand, water, dough, painting, gluing, sticking, messy play, are all part of a normal day.The children also enjoy playing in the mark making area, story corner and using musical instruments and dance. There is plenty of room for them to develop co-ordination skills. Activities and the use of equipment are varied and planned in advance, with the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ aspects in mind. Learning to share, play alongside each other and being kind to each other are key elements of social play in our toddler room, and are encouraged by the example of good role models. Snowdrops have their own access to the outdoor provision.

 Our Ofsted report observed that ‘Children develop their social skills as staff teach them to play cooperatively with each other, take turns, share resources, negotiate and problem solve when carrying out activities’. It also states that children at our Nursery ‘develop a sense of belonging in the extremely warm, focused family environment’.

 

 

  

Poppies

 

 Again the emphasis is on learning through play, but slowly introducing more structured activities, which cater for the children’s needs. Daily activities include: jigsaws, modelling, listening to stories and rhymes, baking, sand water play, pencil skills, painting, toilet training (when children are ready), singing and listening skills, children are encouraged to choose their own activities which helps to promote individuality. At this age children are working towards their independence, they are encouraged to try and put their own coats on, wash their hands, and develop their own creative ideas.

 The Poppies have access to their own outdoor play area with various learning and development experiences, which the children are free to access throughout the day. All children are given plenty of opportunity for physical development outside using bikes, toy cars and climbing equipment. Ofsted states that ‘teaching techniques are consistently strong across the setting and successfully reflect children’s interests’. The Ofsted inspector also observed that we have ‘an extremely sharp focus on helping children acquire communication and language skills and supporting their physical, personal, social and emotional development’.

 

        

Busybees (Pre-School)

 

Our Pre-school room allows children to become more independent and self-confident in what they can do in all areas of learning. We encourage children to be interested and motivated to learn. Daily activities include construction, modelling, role play, water, sand play, baking. Listening to stories and singing. Children are encouraged to develop their creative ideas both on paper and through expression. The children learn computer skills use simple educational computer programs specially designed for children of this age group. Several outdoor areas can be accessed by the children throughout the day to encourage physical development, using bikes, climbing frames, hoops, steps and balls. Yoga lessons help young children develop understanding of their bodies in addition to developing concentration and relaxation.

 The children enjoy den-making and regular welly-walks in the locality. Busybees also have the opportunity to take part in swimming lessons. Ofsted said ‘there is an extremely sharp focus on helping children to aquire communication and language skills.’ The inspector also observed that ‘ children’s emotional well-being is extremely well supported. They share very positive relationships with the highly skilled staff, who are caring and sensitive to each child’s individual needs’.

 

    

 


   

Kindergarten is the German name for ‘Children’s Garden’

 

We are lucky to have a large garden and activity area, which is secure and inaccessible from the outside. ‘The outdoor area is exceptionally well resourced and organised’ (Ofsted:2013) The play area is well equipped with climbing frames, toy cars, bikes, trikes, wooden carts, cones, balancing beams, sand and water play and lots more equipment. In addition we have many plants and trees providing a much loved learning environment, where children can grow in both knowledge and physical development.

 The children have their own growing area where they grow their own vegetables and flowers, learning how seeds grow with sun, water, love and care. This is a valuable learning experience for children teaching them where food comes from. In addition children enjoy watching insects and wildlife. Children can learn about the different consistencies of mud, sand and compost and how this alters when dry or wet or mixed together. Learning how different plants grow in different temperatures and different soils.

In addition we support the idea that exercise is fun and together with a healthy diet children can learn the concept of looking after themselves.

 We also have a wild garden in the summer planted from seed by the children to encourage wildlife. Insects attracted include bees and butterflies. Children are learning how insects transport pollen as well as the names of the lovely flowers they plant.

 

      

 

 

  

 

 

 

 




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