Our baby room caters for babies and toddlers from 6 months to 2 years and is supervised by Mrs Gel Baker and her team. There is an area dedicated to babies with soft mats and suitable toys. The rest of the room is set up for toddlers with a home corner, story/quiet corner and some small world play. Next door there is a sleep room with cots and there are changing tables in the children’s toilet area.
Outside on the decking the children can find soft play, sand table, ride-ons etc and the activities change from week to week and day to day. They enjoy stories, songs and rhymes. The children are taken out for walks and to play everyday using our extensive grounds.
‘Saplings’ is our 2-3 year old room and is supervised by our experienced room leaders Mrs Jo Favell and Mrs Keri Ahari and their team. A child starting at Nursery in the Saplings will be able to play with age appropriate toys and sensory experiences. They will be able to choose what they wish to play with and elect to be inside or outside on the veranda. Staff will encourage them to take part in music, songs, stories and rhymes. in group sessions and they will be given a healthy snack in a circle or at tables as part of a ‘rolling’ snack.
‘Twiglets’ is our 3-4 year old class run by Miss Susannah Crump and her team. Some of the ‘Twiglets’ children will leave at the end of the year to go to school but some will stay for another year. The Twiglets room is slightly more structured as befits older children but they still have plenty of time to play with a free choice of activities and locations ie. inside or outside, the sensory corner, home corner, messy play etc.
The older children are beginning to learn new ‘school skills’ such as how to line up, change for PE, phonics and activities designed for their greater attention span and maturity. Greater emphasis on literacy and numeracy skills all take place within a play-based curriculum. Later in the year they transition to schools of their choice.
Each day during the week, the Twiglets and Saplings may take part in sessions taught by specialist teachers including Music, Forest School, Balanceability (Balance bike training) and daily French speaking lessons.