Our nursery has been thoughtfully and lovingly designed with the children and staff in mind.
Our Baby Room provides a bright and cheerful environment, full of colour and movement to stimulate even the youngest of babies. Our babies are encouraged to begin to explore the world through a variety of sensory experiences and there is also a wide range of safe and attractive toys to develop manipulative and motor skills.
Our daily routine includes activities based around the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’, enabling our babies to begin to experience the delights of messy play including painting, cooking, jelly play and lots of other activities to enhance their fine and gross motor skills as well as giving them the opportunity to express their personal preferences. We also introduce sensory play with sand, water and pasta. The babies art work is either sent home or displayed at nursery for all to see. We try to take lots of photos to display around the Baby Room for you to see.
The Baby Room provides a safe, friendly and relaxed play environment where care routines follow as closely as possible the routine that your baby is familiar with at home. It is not hurried or rushed, so that your baby can settle and feel ready to enjoy everything that is offered at Tiny Tots. We have created a home from home environment, which is an important aspect of our care for all the children, but especially for our youngest babies.
The Baby Room staff pride themselves in providing flexibility and individual care whilst encouraging the children to explore their personal preferences. They work closely together with other members of staff to ensure the transition from each room is a happy time. As your child moves into their next stage of nursery they will visit their new room and spend time with the staff in the room to familiarise themselves in their new environment.
Our Toddler Room is equipped to provide new opportunities to explore for children who are mobile with furniture of a height to aid those still finding their feet. Children have access to a safe and interesting environment to help them develop curiosity, co-ordination and physical abilities.
In the Toddler Room we follow the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ whilst planning our daily activities. Although we follow a daily routine we offer a very flexible approach allowing each child to freely move between activities to help develop their personal interests and preferences.
Activities are geared to the children’s individual needs to build on the communication skills and develop social and mental skills.
These are some of the activities and opportunities available to our toddlers each day:
- Mark making
- Messy play
- Sand play
- Story time
- Outdoor play
Our Preschool Room is a lively environment offering a wide range of stimulating activities. We have a qualified early years teacher who works alongside the other members of staff in preschool to carefully plan activities for the children and all planned activities are intended to be fun!
Learning is a continuous journey through which children build on all the things they have already experienced, and experiment with new and interesting challenges. The age group of children have an increased interest in joint play such as make-believe, construction and games which all help the children to learn important social skills such as sharing and co-operating. Making friends and getting on with other people helps the children to feel positive about themselves. The children also learn more about helping adults in everyday activities and are encouraged to take responsibility and to join in by helping with manageable tasks that interest them. It is all about finding a balance between independence and complying with the wishes of others.
The planning process is a dynamic one with the development of each individual child/group of children playing the guiding role in future planning for the days and weeks that follow. This enables staff to plan to meet specific needs whilst also allowing them to follow the children’s lead in using their time effectively.
Evaluation of what the children have learnt from activities and regular observations of individual children gives the staff the knowledge to track each child’s development using our tracking system.
This framework forms part of the new educational programme for the Early Years (EYFS). The areas of learning are covered through a balance of numerous activities which are all based in play and include number and letter work, music and movement, singing, role play, sand and water play, painting, construction, cooking and outdoor play.
These are some of the activities and opportunities available in our Preschool Room each day:
- Mark making
- Sand Play
- Messy Play
- Story time
- Outdoor play
- Role play area
- Numeracy activities and games
- Fine motor skills equipment
- Design and making
- Play dough play
- Small world environment
- Book corner
- Interactive whiteboard
Although we follow a daily routine, we offer a very flexible approach, allowing each child to freely move between activities to help develop their personal interests and preferences.