The Baby room
We have two staff caring for six babies in our bright baby room. The room is visually stimulating with an interactive bubble tube and lots of babies’ artwork and photographs on display.
Our qualified staff build close relationships with the babies and their families. Getting to know the babies well enables them to plan interesting and stimulating activities and to provide continuity of care whilst they are away from home.
From an early age babies enjoy messy activities from painting, sticking, exploring cornflour goo or just playing with a big bowl of cooked spaghetti!
We always have our book box out and the babies love to sit on a lap and enjoy their picture and story books.
No matter what the weather we love to get outdoors – in the garden, for walks in buggies, and to visit nearby Rectory Park.
The babies like to spend time with the toddlers, and join them for music sessions with Martin (our music man), at meal times and at the beginning and end of the day.
Staff are always on hand to discuss babies needs and routines with parents and we provide a written daily sheet with all those little details such as feeds, eats, nappies and sleeps that parents like to know.
Our toddlers (approximately 18-30 months), occupy two rooms with access to our outdoor space at the rear of the nursery.
The children's learning is based around their experiences and interests with the emphasis on having fun. The day's routine is lead by the toddler's choices and we observe children regularly to help with planning. We enjoy a variety of activities, messy play, dough, jelly play, sand, water, sticking, painting or playing with shaving foam to name a few.
They love imaginative play including dressing up and caring for our dolls. We like to have fun with our parachute. We love to play in the garden in all weathers, in sunhats or wellies and waterproofs. Sometimes we put the tent up or build a den. We love to watch birds and squirrels and even have a tame crow that visits who we have named Colin! Every day brings something new and exciting.
Toddlers sit at the table together for meals and drinks times encouraging their social skills. Most of them have a nap after lunch to recharge.
The 2s and 3s Group
After toddlers the next step is the 2s and 3s group.
They occupy two rooms on the first floor. One room for mainly messy play with role play and other table top activities and the other one has an interactive whiteboard, with a book /listening area and role play corner . This can double up as an area for rest and relaxation after lunch time, where often children will take to a cosy bean bag and have a nap. Between the two rooms there is a computer and interest area, offering a quiet and cosy space for children to explore and investigate chosen activities in smaller groups.
The childrens' learning is based around their experience and interests.
We like to explore different materials, e.g. jelly, pasta, foam, paint, glue and dough. We also enjoy cooking activities.
We like to get outdoors whenever we can.
Our routine is adaptable to suit the needs of all children. The activities on offer in our rooms give children opportunities to develop and explore their existing knowledge and skills in all areas of their development.
Several of the children in the nursery have a sibling here, and we often offer time for them to get together for a cuddle and a play .
We have a well-equipped pre-school area for up to 16 children. It consists of 3 rooms – a role play room, a computer/construction room which has a book and listening area and an interactive whiteboard, and then a messy play room.
We provide a vibrant and stimulating environment. Our pre-school staff, provide an enabling learning environment with a wide variety of child led activities. Observations are used to monitor each child’s progress and to plan activities to help every child reach their full potential. The children get to take home their learning journeys which are compiled throughout their time here.
Preschool make the most of the outdoors and play outside every day. We have regular "Welly Boot Days" in Rectory Park, when staff plan a variety of activities to encourage the children to explore the natural world around them. From learning how to weave, making frames with wood, making bird feeders and spotting different types of birds the children learn about their environment, and get hands on with what it looks, smells and feels like.
Equal emphasis is given to all seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage to ensure we are meeting with requirements set out by Ofsted. This ensures by the time they leave us they are school ready. We have a good relationships with our local schools which enables us to ensure a smooth transition for all of our school leavers.