This room is equipped for young children with their safety in mind, from needing quiet areas, to crawlers and walkers. The room will provide plenty of stimulation and opportunities for the children to explore and learn through play. The room is laid out to allow children to have access to all areas. There is a messy area for all the fun exploration of sand, water, gloop and paint (and even custard!) and a carpeted area with soft furnishings for a comfy cuddle or story. The room also has direct access to the garden and outside play will be encouraged where appropriate and dependent on weather.
In the activity areas babies learn to use their five senses, to develop co-ordination and to explore their new world and abilities. Every child is allocated a key person who works directly with the child and is responsible for updating the development profile. Lots of pictures, photographs and labelling around the room encourage children to point and vocalise. This could include names, colours, numbers or photos of animals or families. You could also create family albums to encourage the children to point and try to vocalise recognition of familiar people — mum and dad, for example. The baby room has a calming sleep room with several cots and a viewing window. Babies are checked every 10 minutes and records are kept. Each child will have their own bed sheets for the week, kept in a named container when not in use. There is also a nappy changing area within the room.
We aim to follow your home routine where possible within the nursery and will follow your lead on weaning and toilet training. Babies milk will be stored in a fridge, kept separate from food. We ask that all new foods are tested at home before being introduced at nursery to ensure no allergic reaction takes place. We will then feed the babies the same food the cook prepares, blended to the appropriate consistency for the babies age.
Above all, a high ratio of qualified staff (1 adult:3 children) give the individual attention, cuddles, reassurance, presence and continuity your baby needs to feel safe and secure.