(0 - 2 year)
Our baby room is a warm, homely, safe and secure space with a focus on tactile activities that encourage your babies’ development. Our staff ratios in this room are 1 member of staff to 3 children.
(2 years +)
In our Explorer's Room the staff ensure that all children who attend have a variety of activities and equipment to promote all round development focussing on the EYFS with 3 prime areas of learning, with aspects of the specific areas of learning.
The staff ratios for this room are 1 member of staff to 6 children, every child has their own key worker partnership throughout their time in Pre-school. . For this age group we have developed a carefully planned programme working towards the Early Years Foundation Stage, covering the seven areas of learning as we recognise this to preparing for school.
We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others. Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in the indoor playroom(s).
Ages 0 - 2
Our nurturing team are on hand to give lots of cuddles and communication to our babies have the right resources for them including lots of different texture play toys, access to photos of family, ample sensory resources, as well as stimulation from mirrors and play books
Ages 2 - 3
The children in the Explorers have 2 designated Key Worker who will ensure their individual developmental needs are being met and the child is progressing. All toys are specifically chosen for children within the room, catering for different needs and abilities.
Ages 3 - 5
For this age group we have developed a carefully planned programme working towards the Early Years Foundation Stage, covering the seven areas of learning as we recognise this to preparing for school.
Maths groups – Every session we promote numbers, shapes, space and measure from the Early Years Foundation Stage. We do this through simple number rhymes and songs, counting together, problem solving, games and activities. Give it a try at home when climbing the stairs to go upstairs or identify what shape the signs are on the road.
Phonics groups – At nursery we start early phonics initially we are tuning in to children’s ears into different sounds in the environment, we do listen moments and listening walks. We also promote phonics by rhyming activities, where we dance and sing to different songs with initial sounds, we also promote initial letters sound and names or words that are the “same” such as Lilly so Lynne Lee or words that rhymes such as Pat, Mat, sat we do this with small fun, exciting silly activities.
Nurture groups – Is where we promote feelings and friendship building. We discuss how we feel, do Yoga and work on positive relationships, taking turns and sharing.
Tales Tool Kit (TTK) groups – We are proud to be part of Tales Tool Kit initiative, tales tool kit is, where the children lead the a story using their imaginations. The children pick the character, setting, problem and solution the children make their story’s come to life with their own ideas and thoughts together.
Promoting readiness for school – All keyworker promote readiness for school with the children that are ready, they do this by always encouraging independence, speech skills and giving them chances to think of solutions to problems where needed the children help with lots of “jobs” such as visiting the baby room to read them stories or singing them songs, they go to the shops, they make snack etc. We also encourage self-help skills, and writing.
Engagement is a huge procedure we implement we offer manual training sessions in house training sessions we believe I sending our staff on training sessions to keep up to date with new incentives and to develop their own learning and development in their own continuous learning, but we ask staff to come back after their training and implement their learning to the whole team so we all can learn these new ideas and provide something new to the setting. We have done this within setting by engagement, staff interaction, behaviour, interaction on children levels and understanding, different learning styles we have also do re-enactment of the routines and the sessions to show staff how they dealt with the situations been displayed by the re-enactment. This was recorded and discussed it was a very useful tool within our training.