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 also sent home for parents to cherish and enjoy.
Physical development is stimulated by going on walks, playing in the garden, music & 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.
Babies are encouraged to talk and vocalise throughout the day. Nursery Nurses 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.
A variety of construction toys such as duplo, blocks, interstars, popoids and mega blocks are offered to develop hand eye coordination and fine motor skills.
Role play enhances imagination and gives the babies an opportunity to engage in social & emotional play. We have teddy bears picnics, playing with dolls and pretend play in the home corner.
Sensory development is a key area at this stage, exploring the 5 senses and learning how to use them is imperative. Below is an outline of the activities they participate in as part of the nursery routine.
|Sight||Brightly decorated rooms with a variety of visual cues including babies own artwork and hanging displays. 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.|
|Hearing||Musical toys and instruments to play with and explore. Music & movement sessions; using CD,s DVD´s and singing nursery rhymes.|
|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, which enhances their taste buds whilst they are exploring.|
|Smell||Food play & adding essence e.g. vanilla to other tactile activities.|
|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.|
Personal & Social/Knowledge & Understanding of the World.
Language & Literacy/Knowledge & Understanding/Maths.
Physical Development/Personal & Social
Language & Literacy/Creative/Maths/Physical Development.
The above areas of learning are integrated into the EYFS Framework, which provides support, information, guidance and challenge for all those with responsibility for the care and education of babies and children from birth.
It is important that the Framework is considered within the context of the National Standards for Under Eights Day Care together with the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage
The Framework takes as its focus the child and steers away from subjects, specific areas of experience and distinct curriculum headings. It identifies four Aspects, which celebrate the skill and competence of babies and young children and highlights the interrelationship between growth, learning, development and the environment in which they are cared for and educated.
These four ‘Aspects’ are:
A Unique Child: Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive Relationships: Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
Enabling Environments: The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Learning & Development: Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.
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.
We endeavour 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. We do not serve red meat or pork dishes.
A typical day´s menu for a 6 month old:
08.00 Breakfast – baby cereal & formula milk 10.00 Snack – Farley´s Rusk 11.15 Lunch – puree of chicken,sweet potato & carrot 14.15 Formula Milk 15.30 Tea – puree of butternut squash & Swede ** Meal times are dependent on individual baby
A typical days menu for 12 month old:
08.00 Breakfast – Choice of cereal & toast & spreads 10.00 Snack – Satsuma´s & chopped apple 11.30 Lunch – chicken & mushroom risotto 15.30 Tea – Homemade vegetable soup
Although, babies are still a little young to appreciate every part of the trip, they still love being out and about and socialising with their friends. They learn a lot from being outside and taking in the changes in scenery in their environment.