Our facilities cater for children aged 3 months to 5 years.
Our first floor baby facilities are well equipped to encourage learning through play. Each baby is encouraged to develop through creative and sensory activities. A cosy area is provided where the babies are read stories and can play with soft and sensory toys. There is also a messy play area where babies can explore sand and water, and get creative with paints and crayons. The babies have a dedicated sleep room where they are supplied with their own bedding, and there is a fully equipped changing station.
We have created a sensory room with equipment and materials to stimulate the babies’ senses. Here, babies can also explore different textures, in the form of textured cushions and other materials, including our heuristic baskets. There is also a black and white area for young babies. Babies under 6-months-old can only detect large contrasts between light and dark, or black and white. The best stimulation for young babies is using black and white or high-contrast stripes and shapes.
Older babies who are learning to become more mobile are encouraged through our baby gym, where they are able to explore stairs, a tunnel and a ramp, in a safe environment.
Toddlers and pre-school children
The ground floor toddler and pre-school rooms are divided into a story corner, circle time area, arts and crafts area, maths and writing areas, construction area, and home corner. Toddlers and pre-school children spend part of their day together, however, during focused activities, the children are separated into their respective rooms.
The modern toilet facilities cater for both toilet-trained and non-toilet-trained children. The bright, fun cubicles help to encourage those children that are not yet toilet-trained.
The focus for toddlers, aged up to three years old, is on learning through play. Toddlers make full use of the creative areas, a reading corner, circle time area and a home corner.
Pre-school children follow the ‘foundation stage’ preparing them for their eventual move to school. This is a more structured routine, with children working in groups and becoming accustomed to paying attention for longer periods of time while undertaking monthly topics, based on the seven areas of learning: physical development; personal, social and emotional development; communication and language; literacy; mathematics; understanding the world; and expressive arts and design. Under the EYFS guidelines, stronger emphasis will be placed on the three key areas which are most essential for children’s healthy development: communication and language; physical development; and personal, social and emotional development.
There is a secure, outdoor play area. The impact-absorbing play surface ensures that bumps and scrapes are kept to a minimum, and the artificial grass will never get muddy and unusable. A messy play area allows the children to explore sand and water, or do some digging.
Parents dropping off or picking up their child from nursery may use the car park. There is also ample, street parking around the nursery.