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Our Baby Room

Our baby room provides for children from 0 to 2 years and has been designed to be homely, welcoming and stimulating and to reflect the varying needs of this particular age group. In the baby room the staff ratio is a minimum of one staff member to three children.

We operate a key person system throughout the setting; your child’s key worker will establish a relationship with you and will be your first point of contact. The key worker will also develop a two-way communication link between you and the nursery. A written record of your child’s time at nursery will be completed by your child’s key worker and provides you with all the information you will need regarding your child’s day at nursery. The key worker also gathers observations, photographs and pieces of your child’s artwork and collects them together in your child’s ‘Learning Journey’. The learning journey highlights achievements and will be shared with your child at nursery and of course you are welcome to view and contribute to it at any time.

We have a cosy area, which invites children to snuggle together and enjoy a story or play with puppets. We also have an adjoining sleep area where babies can sleep in cots whilst being observed by their key person or other practitioner. We ensure that your baby follows their own individual routines from home such as sleep patterns and milk feeds. When the time comes for your baby to be introduced to solid foods we will work with you to ensure effective weaning.

Babies need lots of early interaction, we talk, sing and play with them in groups and individually. We give plenty of love and cuddles, helping your child to feel secure, happy and confident. We encourage social interaction with each other to enable them to become skilful communicators. Communication is encouraged and children begin to develop a sense of self and are supported in expressing their needs and feelings.

We provide sensory activities that enable our youngest children to learn through their senses, explaining and making sense of their environment. During this period, children are absorbed in discovery and exploration. Heuristic play provides children with the opportunity to explore a range of materials including natural materials to encourage and promote exploration, imagination and development.

We encourage messy play, imaginative, construction and small world play, singing and stories and arrange activities to encourage children to develop into confident learners.

During this time, children are eager to develop independence; our environment enables them to explore this. Our environment is safe and interesting with age-appropriate resources that help your child to develop curiosity, co-ordination and physical ability both indoors and out.

Our Toddler Room

The toddler room provides for our 2 year old children; your child will make the transition from the baby room to the toddler room around the time of their second birthday. Our toddler room is separated from our baby room by the use of a clear perspex panel and so the children are already very familiar with their new environment, the toddler staff team and of course their new friends. In the toddler room the staff ratio is a minimum of one staff member to four children.

We continue to operate the key person system; your child’s current and new key worker will work gently with your child to help them to settle gradually into the toddler room. The new key worker will also establish a relationship with you and will then be the communication link between you and the nursery. The new key worker will continue to gathers observations, photographs and pieces of work in your child’s ‘Learning Journey’. The journey will continue to be shared with your child at nursery and you can yourself still view it and make your own contributions.

The toddler room provides a main room and a craft and messy play room.

We enjoy many provision areas in the toddler room, we have a story area, which invites children to sit together and interact whilst enjoying a story and playing with puppets. We continue to promote previously developed skills through role-play, small world play, construction, messy play, sand and water play and singing and story times. Children also experience the use of numbers, shapes and colours.

Children enjoy newfound independence as they select their own activities and play experiences and use the toilet. Your child will further develop their social skills during mealtimes, and take turns during play.

Pre-School at Marshmallows

Marshmallows pre-school is the largest of our three base rooms and children move to this room around the time of their third birthday, our pre-school children are aged from 3 to 5 years.

The staff ratio in the pre-school room is a minimum of one staff member to eight children.

We continue to operate the key person system; and as before your child’s current and new key workers will work together to help your child settle gradually into the pre-school room. The new key worker will also establish a relationship with you and will then be the communication link between you and the nursery.

The new key worker will continue to build on the content of your child’s ‘Learning Journey’ and your child will be evermore involved. Of course you will continue to be welcome to share in the journal yourself. In addition the pre-school profile enables us to plan how we can best meet the individual needs of your child in order to prepare for a confident, motivated and secure entry into formal education.

We continue to provide learning experiences and opportunities, which are relevant, meaningful, active, and challenging and which will motivate your child to become an active thinker and learner. Children will have the opportunity to join in a wide range of activities which will include; imaginative play, role play, exploratory play, sand and water play, messy and creative activities, music sessions, story sessions, language and mathematical activities and outdoor play.

New activities include mark making, computer skills and children become more familiar with letters and numbers as they are used both within and around the learning environment. Also new mathematical concepts and language and literacy skills are introduced.

Staff will be constantly engaging in talk with your child and supporting them in their learning. Questioning and listening carefully to children helps us to plan future activities. Children will be encouraged to make choices and develop independence.

Life at Marshmallows is never dull!