All of our settings have age appropriate rooms, each with equipment that is safety checked regularly for durability. Our rooms are each managed by an experienced and dedicated team. The toys and activities at their disposal are ideally suited to your child’s stage of development, enabling staff to encourage exploration and learning at each child’s own pace. We venture outside every day, and on most days for children with limited mobility.
Little Blues (around 6 weeks – 18 months) Minimum staff to child ratio - 1:3
At this very early age babies are simply taking in their environment, observing its rich sights, smells, textures and sounds. Learning how to respond, move and control their bodies are all major keystones for our ‘Little Blues’. The team focuses on gentle, tactile activities whilst ensuring that younger children feel happy, safe and settled as they transition from home to nursery life.
We encourage social skills from the outset with plenty of interactive play and, for older children, daily circle time activity. This includes group singing, celebration of key dates such as birthdays and welcoming new children to the group.
Rock Hoppers (around 18 - 36 months) Minimum staff to child ratio - 1:4
The team encourage children to climb, run and jump as language, mobility and dexterity develop. Enthusiasm for inquisitive exploration is nurtured, whilst children challenge themselves both physically and imaginatively.
Emperors (3 – 5 years) Minimum staff to child ratio - 1:8
With increasing independence, we start to see individual characteristics really shine through at this stage in your child’s development. On joining the room, children are supported with key life skills such as toilet training, feeding themselves and getting dressed. Social skills are encouraged through group activities and clear learning objectives are pursued entirely through purposeful play.
Each child is an individual and with that in mind we plan activities to suit each child and their needs. We are an inclusive setting and we will always try to meet the needs of those children who need a little bit of extra support.
When we think your child is ready, we’ll talk to you about moving them into the next room, to embrace new challenges and adventures. For all those other transitions, new babies, new houses and bereavements our staff are on hand to help the whole family. We endeavour to be flexible and accommodating, working with you to overcome any hurdles that life may present.
As pre-schoolers are honing their fine motor skills, their language is flourishing and they are hungry for knowledge. They are keen to share a rich variety of experiences and learn about everything offered by the world around them.
Pre-schoolers get involved with activities specifically planned to reflect the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), designed to support them in preparation for starting school. Planning is very fluid and constantly adapts. Early maths and reading skills, mark-making to develop writing and technology are all covered, along with imaginative play. This is combined with some new, extra-curricular activities designed to engage children in the wider community. We join events organised by the school and we introduce activities into the daily routine such as cookery and trips out to local shops to buy supplies.
During this final stage we talk about school and what to expect, we invite teachers and pupils to visit and ensure your child is ready for the big move. We even organise visits from their friends who left for school the previous year if possible so they can share their experiences. We invite your child's reception class teacher to visit our setting to see your child in familiar environment. We will also share information with your child's school about their development and expected levels of achievement. All of this helps to ensure that when your child leaves us they are confident and keen to get started on their new learning adventure.