0-2 years | Jelly Babies
Routines in the Baby Room are relaxed to suit the baby’s individual needs which may have been already adapted to at home, such as sleep times and bottle feeding times.
The Baby Room offers a stimulating and inviting environment, where children feel safe, building secure relationships with the Baby Room practitioners. These relationships are enhanced through key worker systems which are in place throughout the nursery.
Babies have the opportunities to explore a wide range of resources and materials such as sand, paint, chalks and crayons which are freely available daily.
Babies are encouraged to develop verbal communication, through nursery rhymes alongside non-verbal communication which involve actions. It is important to promote these areas of learning in young babies to help bring on communication and language skills.
Babies have an extensive menu of healthy foods available in order to promote a well-balanced diet from an early age. Babies requiring formula milk may bring their own, ready-made bottles, which will be kept refrigerated until needed. For Babies still eating jarred or packed food, then this will be supplied by the parents/guardians until they are able to eat the nursery food.
We operate a non-outdoor shoe policy in the Baby Room for hygiene purposes. Staff, parents and visitors are requested to remove their outdoor shoes when entering the baby room.
As the children grow older we gradually introduce more structured routines. Also, there are greater boundaries introduced as a better understanding of expected behaviours become clearer as they develop better personal, emotional and social skills.
Children are encouraged to eat more independently, gaining the ability to use a spoon to feed themselves with practitioner support and supervision.
Within this age bracket, children are introduces to basic colours, and learn numbers and animals. Our daily circle time is a great way to explore these through group learning.
Children have great opportunities to explore many table top activities to further encourage walking and balancing skills, these include messy activities which enable children to investigate and experiment with various materials and tools.
A wide range of communication and language tools are used to develop and challenge children’s vocabulary and letter/word pronunciation. These are enhanced through singing, nursery rhymes. Language and communication is also encouraged through social interactions at meal times with the practitioners and children.
Children have opportunities to enjoy more physical activities in the outdoor environment, with the use of trikes, bikes, sea saws and slides.