The baby unit has nine places. It is large unit with a separate sleep room, changing room and kitchen area. The baby unit has its own entrance, which is monitored by CCTV for security.
The playroom has large French doors, which allow plenty of natural light into the room, as well as easy access to our garden. The baby room is maintained to a high standard. There are excellent resources, which are cleaned regularly ensuring hygiene standards are maintained.
The baby unit staff follow the Early Years Foundation stage to help them plan for each baby’s needs. Activities and experiences are planned for the indoor and outdoor areas and reflect the baby’s development level and interest.
In order to settle each baby, we provide a settling in sessions so that you can spend time in the baby unit. It is an opportunity to get to know the baby unit team and talk about your babies’ individual needs.
A routine sheet is drawn up with parents and carers so that care is tailored to each child’s specific needs regarding sleep and feeding requirements.
All parents and carers receive daily feedback regarding nappy changes, meals and activities.
The Toddler room consists of three rooms, which all provide a bright and stimulating environment for learning and play. We encourage the transition from Baby unit to Toddler room at around 16-18 months old, depending on the child's progress and development.
The Toddler room has one room which is carpeted. In this room children engage in music play, where they enjoy playing a variety of instruments and singing. Also in this room children enjoy the home corner, dressing up play, construction toys and reading in the book area. We change the theme in this room on a regular basis to ensure the children are always learning by play.
In the main room, messy play is a big favourite along with arts, crafts and sand play. Staff encourage toddlers to explore different materials and textures to develop their senses.
The conservatory consists of a small world area and water play. The toddler team encourage free flow play where toddlers pick and choose activities and resources to explore. This allows toddlers to thrive and take pride in making their own choices in order to develop their self confidence and independence.
With easy and supervised access to the toilets, we work closely with parents, supporting them with potty and toilet training.
The toddler team encourage the children to practice good personal hygiene by ensuring that children wash their hands thoroughly after visiting the potty or toilet as well as before and after meal times.
The pre-school room offers a planned curriculum, which has been developed using the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The pre-school team plan a range of play activities, often linked to themes. The themes are linked to interests of the children, to the season or upcoming events.
Each day has a routine that the children become familiar with. This enables them to become confident as they recognise the familiar flow of the day.
The pre-school children’s activities are structured around three Prime areas of learning. These are:
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
The Specific areas of learning develop from the prime areas which are:
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Arts and Design
We understand that all children learn at different rates and have different interests. Children learn by carrying out tasks and taking part in activities.
The nursery team provide the children with hands on activities that encourage skills such as hand eye co-ordination, fine motor, gross motor skills and problem-solving skills.
Listening skills are promoted by stories, songs, rhymes and listening games. At carpet time children share their news/experiences and they learn to listen to others talking about their experiences.
We try to link the themes in pre-school with visits from professionals such as fire fighters, police, vetinary nurse, etc.
The children also go on trips using the nursery mini bus. These have included the library, various farms, parks, the pet shop and the recycling centre.
Our aim is to make your child ready for school and ready for the next stage of their learning journey. We use the 10 keys to school readiness as our guide. See www.derbyshire.gov.uk/readyforschool