Facilities

Each child is allocated a key person who will work with the parent/carer to ensure likes, dislikes, wants and needs are taken care of.  We take a partnership approach with you including supplying book bags/journals to share information between nursery and home (and where appropriate other child care settings).  We work towards the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Early Years Goals to help your child to reach his or her full potential.  More information on the Foundation Stage can be found at http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/early-years-foundation-stage-2012/

The children’s needs are catered for in three specific age groups: Babies, Tweenies and Pre-School, although there is some migration between all rooms to encourage social interaction and smooth transitions as children develop.

All rooms in the nursery have “continuous provision” which provides choice and variety of age appropriate activities which are accessible to children at all times to ensure they are always engaged.  Short, Medium and Long Term planning is co-ordinated to ensure that resources are regularly offered to provide opportunities to enhance learning and bring new opportunities to explore and develop.  Observations of children are undertaken and recorded at every session information passed to parents/carers in order that they can contribute to their child’s learning journey.  Focused activities are planned for each child to check next steps and to track progress.

Makaton sessions (signs and signals to help communication through visual means) are undertaken by all age groups.

Baby Room – 6 weeks to 23 months

babyroom

Our babies have a self contained area which is fully equipped for your child’s every need. Messy play is encouraged and welcomed during these vital first months of development. Because we are smaller, every child, no matter how small is treated as an individual. We ensure that our staff know your child’s likes and dislikes. We will work closely with you to ensure their routines are maintained as far as possible, and keep a “home/nursery liaison book” to record and chart your child’s progress. Parents are encouraged to participate to this to create a snapshot of the precious first few months of development mapped against the “New Foundation Stage” relevant to this age.  Feeding and changing routines are followed according to parent/carer’s wishes.

The Room is colourful and stimulating with an “Under the Sea”  theme on the ceiling to help your child’s development and to keep them interested.  Continuous provision consists of a Physical area (walkers etc), Exploration area, Imagination area; and Comfy corner, with books and soft play (for more tranquil times and to help your baby to relax).    Shoes are not permitted in this room to keep the area hygienic to allow free movement and play for babies when crawling.   The room has an original fireplace to make it feel like a home from home.  Babies have their own outside space which can be used for sand and water (although this is offered inside in inclement weather).  Babies have their own structured playtimes within the main playground to encourage building of motor skills, and are taken for regular walks and visits to the Park  (using strollers) within the village, weather permitting.

When babies start to confidently walk they will visit the main nursery room periodically to help them to prepare for transition and to encourage them to socialise with their older peers.

The older babies and toddlers eat meals (or are fed where necessary) in highchairs in the main nursery room (along with staff members) which ensures they feel an integral part of our nursery and independence is encouraged.  The food menus are adapted as necessary to ensure it is in a suitable form for each child (puree’d or mashed where needed).  Special dietary requirements are catered for.

Tweenies – 2 to 3 years

tweenies Five “zones” are used to provide continuous opportunities to encourage structured play and individual choice.  The zones are creative, construction, role play (play house/doctors etc), ICT and outdoor play.  Each area has a dedicated member of staff to oversee the safety and well being of the children and to ensure that the activities are stimulating and exciting.  At certain times of the day, the tweenies mix with the Pre-schoolers to help develop their social skills.  There is a room leader who plans activities on a rotational basis and works with each child’s key person to ensure that their development against the foundation stage and learning goals is tracked and encouraged.  Typical activities which take place in the nursery include : painting, drawing, sticking, collage, dressing up, baking, musical instruments, singing, construction (lego, stickle bricks, popoids), sand and water play, reading and french lessons.

The story corner has a “woodland theme” complete with snowy owl and trailing vines.  Great for imaginative play and to snuggle up on cushions to relax and read books.

The recently built conservatory allows a “woodland view” and opportunity for quiet play and ICT at certain times of day, as well as a secure and demure environment for rest after lunch for those children who require a sleep.

Pre-School – 3 years+

preschool

Our Pre-School caters for children from age 3 until they go to school.  We work closely with local schools to ensure a smooth transition for your child and have school “uniform” within our dressing up, as well as tabards which indicate their status as “pre-schoolers” which they proudly wear.  The curriculum which we follow under the New Foundation Stage ensures that children are prepared for school, and are developing knowledge and skills in the three primary areas : Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.  Activities which are exciting and fun, yet educational are planned by our Pre-School Co-ordinator, to ensure that Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World, and Expressive Art and Design are all covered.

On Monday and Wednesday mornings, the Pre-Schoolers are engaged in a dedicated supervised session at the Community Hall adjacent to Lambley Primary School, where they are often involved in activities with the Reception Class.  Organised activities take place for the Pre-schoolers such as Music and Movement, Music making, French Classes (with a qualified teacher), Reading, walks in the woods, etc.

Pre-schoolers have their own book bag which is used for transporting information and reading, project work etc., between Pre-school and home to ensure that parents/carers can be involved and informed of activities.

When it is time for them to go to school, information is passed through to their Reception class teacher at the chosen school in order that their education can be continued with as little disruption as possible.

Mealtimes

Mealtimes are fun, yet educational.   The children have structured mealtimes, and sit around round tables with others (including staff members), and are encouraged to make choices about the foods they eat and to serve themselves where possible.   Hygiene is extremely important to us, and all activities are closely monitored to ensure your child receives a balanced diet (and any parental requests) are catered for.   Children often make their own sandwiches and snacks including cheese straws, small cakes/flap jacks etc for eating at tea time.    Vegetables which the children plant and grow in the outdoor areas are used for meals and the children are encouraged, where safety allows, to be involved in their preparation.  Water is available at all times in labelled drinking cups.

Outdoors

Outdoor apparatus is provided and all children play outside at least twice each day, and go on regular walks and visits to the local Park.  Our staff ensure that children are supervised at all times, yet allow them to play individually alongside their peers.   Planned (and spontaneous activities led by the children) take place also such as singing games, skittles etc dependent upon what the children are showing an interest in.  We take opportunities to learn through play and even rain can be fun with wellingtons and an umbrella!

Two “digging areas” outside are supplied where the children are able to plant and grow vegetables which are later cooked and eaten.