Babies

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Just because they are the youngest in the 9MN family, does not mean that the babies are limited to certain activities. Babies at 9MN engage in activities to stimulate all areas of their development. This includes but is not limited to social behaviour skills such as babies eating together, playing together, learning to feed themselves, sharing toys, respecting each other.

Babies enjoy making their first marks with painting, sticking, making collages, hand & feet printing and more. Their own work is displayed on the walls and sent home for parents to cherish and enjoy.

Physical development is an integral area of the curriculum and we are currently taking part in a Physical Literacy project supported by the London Borough of Hounslow.

Babies’ development is stimulated throughout the day, by going on walks, playing in the garden; music singing & movement sessions and using the soft play apparatus . Soft play enables babies to crawl through tunnels, climb onto cubes, move around on the mats and improve flexibility, balance and gross motor development. A variety of construction toys such as Duplo, blocks, Interstars, and mega blocks are offered to develop hand eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Role play enhances imagination and gives babies an opportunity to engage in social & emotional play. We have teddy bears picnics, playing with dolls and pretend play in the home corner, as well as walking our dolls in buggies and giving them baths in the water tray.

Babies are encouraged to explore their environment by moving, talking and vocalising throughout the day. Practitioners listen to the sounds made by the babies and talk to them with plenty of eye contact. They are praised verbally and encouraged to communicate with those around them.

Learning & development

Sensory development is a key area at this stage, exploring the 5 senses and learning how to use them is imperative.

Sight Brightly decorated rooms with a variety of visual cues including babies own artwork make for a stimulating environment. A range of multi coloured equipment and toys including UV lights, bubble lamp and fluorescent materials manufactured by Spacekraft, pioneers in visual aids for sight & sound development.
Sound Musical toys and instruments to play with and explore. Music & movement sessions; using CD’s, DVD´s, the nursery ipod and singing nursery rhymes daily.
Taste Children are introduced to a variety of tastes in the multicultural menus offered from an early age. Games include food play such as jelly and cooked spaghetti, which enhances their taste buds whilst they are exploring.
Smell Food play & adding essence e.g. vanilla to other tactile activities.
Outdoor exploration of the natural environment.
Touch Engaging in tactile exploration of resources and materials during art activities e.g. sticking, collage, painting & drawing. Using the treasure basket which is filled with objects made up of different textured materials. Looking at books made with a variety of materials to experience touching rough, soft, smooth, sticky, bumpy & cushioned surfaces. Using the paint trays to play with water, coloured water, cornflour, porridge, & jelly. Moulding & feeling playdough. We explore our senses in the natural outdoor environment daily.

Daily Routine

We work with parents to develop a routine for all our children, to make them feel comfortable, safe and understand and anticipate their fun filled day ahead with our 9MN family.

We believe exploring different environments and textures are crucial to a child’s development so we do even take our youngest members outdoors regularly either within our garden or for local walks.

Below is an outline of babies daily nursery routine .

8.00 – 9.00am Arrival, settling in & breakfast. – formula/breast milk/cows milk with cereal, toast & spreads
9.00 – 9.45am Circle time with singing and stories
9.45 – 10.45am Exploratory play in baby room/baby garden
10.45 – 11.00am nappy change, washing hands & faces for lunch
11.00 – 11.30am Lunch – (pureed) homemade food & dessert
11.45 – 12.00pm Washing hands, brushing teeth & changing nappies.
12.00 – 2.00pm Relaxation and sleep (activities offered for those who wake early)
2.00– 2.30pm Nappy changes, milk and tidying up following sleep. – bottle of formula/breast milk/beaker of cows milk/water.
2.30– 3.00pm Age related activities indoors or local walk
3.00– 3.45pm Tea – sitting & eating together, listening to stories and music. – savoury snack & selection of fruit
3.45 – 4.00pm Washing hands & faces and changing nappies.
4.00 – 6.00pm Free play incorporating outdoor play (weather permitting). Completing any activities from EYFS developmental plans.

Menus

We are one of the first nurseries in the London Borough of Hounslow to be awarded the Healthy Settings Award (achieved in 2014). This relates to all aspects of health & well-being and is not limited simply to menu selection. For more detailed information, please do speak to your keyworker.

Every meal is lovingly prepared by our experienced & qualified cook, who communicates closely with all parents, in order to discuss their child´s dietary requirements.

We advise all parents to try first foods at home. Once they have, they can be included in their menus.All our dishes are made with fresh & natural produce and we never use a microwave or ready meals. We endeavor to introduce a varied and multicultural menu in order to increase their palate and stimulate their taste buds.

Weaning is discussed with parents every step of the way and all babies are encouraged to feed themselves as soon as they can. By the time our babies move to the Toddler room, they are already self-sufficient with a spoon and cup.

We do not serve red meat or pork dishes.

Click here to download the menu.