Our Rooms

Butterflies

When the children are 3 years old they join our Reception Room and the ratio of staff to children is 1:8 here the knowledge and skills acquired in our other groups, together with the children’s other day-to-day experiences are developed.

We offer a relaxed atmosphere and a balanced mix of structured activities and free play, confidence and a desire to learn are nurtured in each individual child. We are very proud of our children as we help to nurture them and prepare them for school. Our preschool children have childcare provided until the last working nursery day in August before they start school that September.

Children’s play and interests are carefully observed in order to monitor their progress, access individual needs, and appropriately plan the child’s next step in their learning and development. The curriculum is child-centred; it arises from the interests of the children. Staffs have trained in the Reggio Emilia approach. This approach is based on the belief that children construct their own theories and knowledge, through the relationships that they build with other people, and the surrounding environment.

Quote: ‘Children need the freedom to appreciate the infinite resources of their hands, their eyes and their ears, the resources of forms, materials, sounds and colours.’ Reggio Emilia.

The team celebrates all the achievements of the children and they are encouraged to ask questions and express discoveries, as play and talk are the main ways they learn. The team actively encourages the children to take part in planning their activities, this results in a greater enthusiasm for what they are doing and pride in their own achievements, it also greatly enhances confidence.

8:00am Drop off. Free play/child initiated learning
9:00am Wash hand / Breakfast
9:30am Set activities and free play/child initiated learning
10:30am Circle Time – reading stories, Jolly Phonics, changing the calendar
11:00am Garden
12:00pm Wash hands / Dinner time
12:30pm Quiet reading / Sleep time for some children
12:45pm Maths activities at the table and free play
1:00pm Pick up time for 1pm children/welcome time
2:00pm Pick up time for 2pm children
2:30pm Sensory play/Art and Craft Activities/visit to dance studio or snug
3:00pm Outdoor time – visit to kitchen garden or sensory garden.
3:45pm Wash hands for tea / Story time
4:00pm Tea time
4:30pm Free play/Child Initiated Learning
6:00pm Home Time

Ladybirds

Our younger children join the Baby Room where you, as parents/carers, alongside our qualified and experienced staff can work together to ensure a smooth transition from home to nursery. The children in this room are aged 3 – 12 months old and the ratio of staff to children is 1:3.

Our Baby room In this room we endeavour to achieve the highest standards by providing a safe, stimulating and happy atmosphere, with a high ratio of staff to children and a good balance of care and understanding of your child’s needs. We are sure that your child will settle in quickly and enjoy their time with us and that you will, as a family, begin to feel at home with us and get to know and develop a confidence in our staff team.

Throughout the day the children explore through heuristic play with the open ended equipment provided. The learning environment also includes access to messy play activities such as Baked Bean Play, sand, water etc.

We also provide treasure baskets for the children to explore, these are full of objects that are natural or made from natural materials. Babies respond more intensely to these materials and more muted colours, they are encouraged to explore the texture, taste, smell and sound of objects, not just the look of them. We are always adding to this collection and would appreciate any new objects that can easily be found around the house or out and about, like wooden spoons, corks, fir cones, dolly pegs, coasters, cotton reels, balls, the list is endless, please ask if you are not sure. All aspects of your child’s development are enhanced through play and social interaction in a relaxed and homely environment.

We strive to encourage each child’s exploratory impulses and natural inquisitiveness; more often than not this involves a lot of messy play to stimulate their senses.

Our Baby room does not have a set routine, this is a typical day. It changes daily and depends on your child’s routine. Our staff work with our parents and fit the routine accordingly.

8:00am Drop off / Free play
8:25am Wipe hands for breakfast
8:30am Breakfast time
9:00am Free play/sensory play/Arts and crafts
9:30am Sleep time for some children
10:30am Garden / Nappy change
11:25am Wipe hands for dinner
11:30am Dinner time
12:00pm Sleep time for some children / Free play
1:00pm Pick up time for 1pm children/Welcome time
1:30pm Free play
1:55pm Wipe hands for snack
2:00pm Pick up time for 2pm children / Nappy change
2:30pm Free play / sensory play / Arts and crafts / Afternoon sleep for some children
3:00pm Garden / Visit to dance studio/snug
3:50pm Wipes hands for tea
4:00pm Tea time
4:45pm Nappy change / Free play until pick up
6:00pm Home Time

Bumblebees

Children will start or move through to our Toddler room at approx. 12 months or later depending on their development. Your child’s development will be monitored and discussed with you regarding this age group. Things we will consider is their sleeping pattern and mobility and will support them with the transition of joining this age group. The staff to child ratio within this age group is 1:3.

Throughout the day the children are able to explore and experience a range of resources and arty/messy activities as well as exploring their garden which is joined onto the room. In this room the children enjoy to share stories, sing and dance together, start to role play with the dolls and play kitchen sets, as well as construct and sort with a range of items, from building bricks, pine cones, octons and many more.

We strive to encourage each child’s exploratory impulses and natural inquisitiveness; more often than not this involves a lot of messy play to stimulate their senses. For this reason we ask you to put your child in suitable nursery clothing that lets them express themselves without the boundary of us trying to keep little bits of paint etc. off their clothes, which will inevitably happen!

Within our Toddler Room they do not have a set structure, however this is a typical day for us. It changes daily, and depends on the weather. The children have free-flow as well as structured activities such as arts and crafts. The staff will work a routine around your child’s needs.

8:00am Drop off / Free play / child initiated learning – the children can choose what toys they would like out
8:30am Wash hands for breakfast / Breakfast time
9:00am Free play with structured activities on offer
10:00am Garden/ Visit to dance studio/snug
10:30am Nappy change / Free play with structured activities on offer
11:00am Tidy up time / Group time (optional) singing songs and listening to stories
11:20am Wash hands for dinner
11:30am Dinner time
12:00pm Sleep time / Quiet time for children who do half day
1:00pm Pick up time for 1pm children/Welcome time
2:00pm Pick up time for 2pm children / Nappy change
2:30pm Free play with structured activities on offer
3:00pm Garden/Visit to dance studio/snug
4:00pm Wash hands / Tea time
4:45pm Nappy change / Free play until pick up
6:00pm Home Time

Caterpillars

Early Learner children are aged 2 years to 3 years old, and the ratio of staff to children is 1:4 they benefit from more structured play as their concentration levels expand.

This lively, happy room is full of children further developing their skills with the support of our enthusiastic staff. Language, independence, social skills and all other areas of development are further developed through free play, and fun, well-planned activities. Caterpillar children love imaginary play; we encourage this further with lots of dressing up, stories and role play activities.

Caterpillars is usually the age group where toilet training is introduced, starting at home and supported by nursery. We have a toilet training guide that is available to all parents with nursery procedures, tips and support.

8:00am Drop off / Free play/child initiated learning – the children can choose what toys they would like out
8:40am Tidy up time
8:45am Singing/Circle time, welcome song
9:00am Wash hands / Breakfast
9:30am Set activities; Art and Craft, Sensory
10:15am Nappy change
10:45am Tidy up time
11:00am Garden
11:40am Story time
12:00pm Wash hands / Dinner time
12:30pm Sleep time / Child initiated activities for those who do not sleep
1:00pm Pick up time for 1pm children/Welcome time
2:00pm Pick up time for 2pm children
2:20pm Nappy change
2:30pm Focused activities. Sensory play/Art and Craft Activities
3:15pm Outdoor time – visit to kitchen garden or sensory garden. Visit to dance studio/snug / Story/singing time
4:00pm Wash hands / Tea time
4:30pm Free play/Child Initiated Learning
5:15pm Tidy up time
5:30pm Puzzles, stories
6:00pm Home Time

Nature Garden

New for 2019, our nature garden is the perfect way for the children to learn with nature, with sensory planting to stimulate the senses. Our bug house, bird table, wormier, butterfly habitat, ladybird tower let the children get up and close to nature, learn why insects are essential to our eco system. Our nature garden also helps with literacy and numeracy with an alphabet plaques walkway and wooden abacus.

Kitchen Garden

Its so important for children to understand healthy eating and what better way than growing what they eat, with help from our gardener David our the children can see both fruit and vegetables grow from seed to eating them as part of their lunch or tea.

Toddler Garden

Opening in June 2019, our garden for our Ladybirds and Bumblebees gives a fantastic space for the younger children to learn and develop just outside there main room.

Rear Garden

We are lucky enough to have a large garden for the children to play, we are so lucky to have so much outside space for the children to enjoy. We ensure the children use one of outdoor spaces at least once a day.

Yoga and Dance Studio

Our Yoga and Dance Studio, is a lovely, bright area for small groups of children to have fun, explore moves and practice their physical skills with our Yoga Programme. New for 2019 we can turn our dance studio into a mini disco with disco lighting so the children can explore dance.

Sensory Snug

Our sensory snug is a relaxing quiet zone for the children to discover our sensory toys, lighting and bubble tubes, perfect for the younger children. We also use this as a quiet and reading zone for smaller groups of children.

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