Little Stars (under 2 Years)
Parents can feel confident to entrust their very youngest child to our care.
We accept babies from 3 months old. We recognise that they are more likely to thrive when there is continuity of routine between home and nursery. After initial liaison with parents, the assigned key worker staff will establish an individual care programme and, as your child progresses, maintain contact with you on matters of sleeping patterns, weaning and development.
We work with you to adapt to the way you care for your baby at home, so that feeding, nappy changes and sleeping all take place at times to suit your baby’s individual routine. Our staff will prepare milk bottles according to your instructions and gradually introduce freshly-prepared, organic foods when your baby is ready.
In order to enhance early development, your child will have access to a wide range of age-appropriate activities and equipment, reinforced by close caring attention and supervision at all times. At the end of every session attended, you will receive informal feedback.
Even when they are only a few months old, babies are beginning to learn about their environment and to develop the basic intellectual, physical and social skills that they will rely on in later life.
We provide a safe and caring environment that is rich in colour, sound, movement and touch for the children to explore and in which they can begin to develop their mobility.
The children enjoy sensory and tactile experiences such as playing with paints and water, exploring a variety of natural objects in a “treasure basket” or simply enjoying a book and a cuddle with one of the carers.
Our day is a structured one with set times for eating, sleeping, activities, and play. We believe that a clear routine is an essential part of providing a safe and secure environment for all the children in our care.We also believe in the importance of fresh air in the growing process, and ensure that our little ones visit their own soft-surface outside play-deck at least twice a day!
Rising Stars (18 mths – 30 mths)
Children join our Rising Stars when they are walking steadily. Here, as they are increasingly active, we provide a range of experiences in order to continue to help them develop coordination, memory, and social skills. Our Rising Star room is directly connected to our Little Stars Room and we make sure that there are times in every day when the two groups of children get the opportunity to mix and socialise with each other. Examples include music sessions, outdoor play, and birthday celebrations.
From the age of around 18 months, the children’s day becomes a little more structured, with a balance between child-initiated play and adult-led learning. Every activity is a learning opportunity – sorting shapes and sizes introduces early mathematics, enjoying rhymes, singing and music encourages language development and painting, mark making and messy play stimulate creativity.
Mealtimes are a particularly good source of learning. The children are encouraged to sit down together with the preschool children placing an early emphasis on social graces and table manners
Of course, our staff are with the children at all times and will help the children to eat as necessary, but independence is encouraged and celebrated as the children start to take responsibility for themselves
We help the children to develop healthy eating habits by providing delicious fresh meals with a wide variety of vegetables, meat and fish.
We work closely with you to help with toilet training and begin to teach the children to take responsibility for their own personal hygiene by emphasising the importance of hand washing. We help the children to begin the process of self-awareness.
Children have direct access to books and a rotated supply of educational toys and colourful equipment.
Our Rising Stars have their own playground and are encouraged to ride wheeled toys and interact confidently whilst enjoying themselves either in the playhouse, on the slide, or on the rug with the selected activities for outdoor playtime.
As with the Little Stars, our Rising Stars have a set routine for sleeping and eating, with regular nappy changes throughout the day.Nappy changes are regular throughout the day with additional changes taking place whenever necessary. It is also in our Rising Stars room that children will do their toilet training before they move to their next class. This is not something that automatically starts immediately a child enters the group. It is a matter of waiting until the time is right and this will be discussed between the class teachers and parents.