Babies

Welcome to the Ladybirds

(Ages 0-18 months)

Our Ladybird Room provides a high standard of care for a maximum of just six babies, which allows us to create a very personal and close relationship with both baby and parent. 

 ABC Nursery provides your baby with nappies, wipes, formula milk and food throughout the day.

 

       

 

The room presents both a cosy environment with a carpeted area and opportunities to explore arts and crafts 'messy play' on our lino area.

 

The sleeping area is with in the same room where they are allocated their own cot (this provides the feeling of security and familiarity) with constant provision.

 

Communication is key. we ensure we give feedback to parents on a daily basis by face to face contact and personal daily diaries which provides information such as  sleep times, nappy changes, what they have eaten throughout the day and activities they have enjoyed taking part in.

 

 

Practitioners who take care of us include: 

 

 

Kelly - Room Leader and Key Person

Denise - Key Person

 

All Children are allocated a special key Person and Key Buddy when they join ABC

 

All About Me

When your child joins the butterflies you will be given an ‘’All About Me’’ form to complete which will provide us with information to help settle your child in as quickly as possible. Visits will also be arranged to make the change over a gradual process. Please provide information about your child’s routine so that we can do our best to accommodate and reduce disruption to their home routine. e.g.... sleep times, bottle feeds etc and keep us up to date with any changes in their routine as they grow. Your child will be allocated with their own peg for hanging their coats and bags. A box will also be provided for your child’s work, newsletters and any other belongings. 

Daily Feedback

In addition to the conversations you will have with staff about your child’s day upon collection,Babies under a year old will take home a daily diary detailing activities, nappy changes, sleep times and eating times. For babies over one this information will be recorded on the whiteboard within our room. 

Interest Bubbles

We believe that by identifying your child’s interests we can motivate them to explore and enhance their learning experience. Our planning will be based on the observations of interests we observe through your child’s play. However, we will periodically provide you with bubbles for you to record when your child shows a particular interest in something at home which we can use to incorporate into our planning.  We have our planning on the right hand side wall as you enter the room. We welcome you to look at our planning at any time, and contribute your own ideas for what we could provide for your child.

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage

In our setting we use the Early Years foundation stage, which sets the standards for learning and development, and care for children from birth to five. Your child’s Key person will be supporting your child through this process and will discuss any progress or plans for next steps with you. Please download our summary of the Early Years Foundation stage by clicking here. Information can also be found the display board in our entrance hall with photographs of ways we are implementing this at nursery. If you require further details regarding the early years foundation stage, please don’t hesitate to ask a member of staff. Our day to day routine covers many aspects of the Early years foundation stage from washing hands to eating snacks. A balance of planned activities and activities chosen and led by the children including stories, singing and outdoor play allow the children to develop at an individual pace. The playroom is divided into a carpeted area for more floor type, relaxing and role-play activities and an area for creative play e.g..... sand, painting, gluing and play dough etc…

Learning Journals

Your child will be issued with a Learning journal which will include personal information, observations which will show your child’s progression and development. Your child’s key person will aim to make 2 entries each week and a summary with next steps every term. It will also include photographs, examples of their work, and home link sheets. We would like to encourage you to access them and make your own   contributions to the learning journey that you see taking place at home. When your child starts school these journal will be very valuable for your child’s teacher to view.

Naptime

 Our room is divided so that our sleeping area is separate from the play area creating a relaxing and peaceful environment where the children can follow their own sleep routines. Each child will be allocated a cot for that session and bedding is changed and cleaned for good hygiene.

Comfort Items

If you use a specific item to comfort your child such as a ‘blankie’ or ‘ragga’, you are welcome to bring it to nursery which we may use to help settle your child and reduce disruption to their routine. These items can be kept in your child’s box when they are engaged in play and will return home with them.

Clothing

We have a no shoe policy in place within the playrooms so that the children are comfortable and the carpets are protected. This is particularly important in the ladybirds as we have crawling babies. Please provide a change of clothing for your child and appropriate clothing so that they can access the outdoors. We will take your child into the garden during the course of the day to explore different surroundings, smells and sounds. We will also often take the babies for a walk to the local park or field using the nursery push chairs.

Family Photos

We are creating a Big Family Photo board within the Ladybird room that the children can explore familiar faces with their friends and share with each other. If you have a few photos that you wouldn't mind sharing with us we would love to include them in our book. 

Story Sacks and Rhyme Sacks

We have Story and Rhyme sacks at nursery which we use with the children during their play sessions. The rhyme sacks are based around familiar nursery rhyme to help with language and communication. We would like to encourage you to take these away to use with  your child at home. This will create a familiar link between home and nursery. 

The Daily Routine

(This is subject to change due to each child's individual routine based on their sleep and bottle times.)
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 10:00 Free Play / Outdoors
10:00 - 10:30 Snack Time
10:30 - 11:45 Free Play
11:45 - 12:00 Music Time
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Time
13:00 - 14:00 Free Play/ Outdoors
14:00 - 15:00 Adult Lead Activity
15:00 - 15:30 Snack Time 
15:30 - 16:00 Songs and Stories
16:00 - 16:30 Tea Time
16:30 - 18:00 Free play
18:00 Setting is closed
 

Entrance

Parents who have children within the ladybirds have access to the nursery from the front of the building. Once entering this door the ladybird room is located directly on your left. 

 

Milk

We are now able to provide Free formula milk through the governments free milk for children program.

Please let your Childs key person know which milk powder you prefer for your child so that we can order it for you.

 

The Outdoor Environment

 

         

 

We are really looking forward to meeting you and hope to see you very soon!