Our Nursery room is called ‘Daisy Room‘.
In Daisy Room we care for up to nine babies (at any given time) from 3 months to approximately 26 months. The babies and toddlers are cared for by our team of fully qualified & experienced nursery practitioners. We have a separate section for the younger babies to explore with floor cushions to promote the home environment. We have cots and beds for each baby in the sleep room which has a milk kitchen off it and there is also a separate nappy changing area. Activities for the children are planned around their individual interests; this means that yours child will have access to resources & activities that are stimulating and interesting for them.
“Staff monitor children’s communication skills well using Every Child a Talker tracking sheets. They use this information effectively to seek support for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities” (Ofsted 2014)
We work closely with you to maintain the child’s home routine and keep you informed of any significant changes. You will receive a written report at the end of each day so that you are kept informed of sleep, feeding and changing patterns, and developmental progress. The Nursery is well equipped with many resources to both stimulate and soothe the developing child.
Activities are planned with the interests of the child at heart; this means that your child will have access to resources and activities that are stimulating and interesting for them. Your child’s development will be monitored and recorded throughout their time with us. This information can be viewed by you on request by you as the parent/ carer and you will be offered the opportunity to discuss this with your child’s key person at parent’s evenings that will take place twice per year. However you are more than welcome to make an appointment to discuss your child with the key person at any time throughout their time at Clare House.
“The youngest children thrive as a result of the individual attention staff provide”
“Babies are secure in their relationships with staff as they make staff aware when they want help”
Once your child is walking independently and with confidence their skills will be developed through setting more challenging activities in order to further enhance their abilities.
When you and your child’s key person feel the child is ready to move rooms the child and their key person will make frequent visits before joining the new room full time. As part of the partnership between you and the key person the child’s progress will be discussed on a regular basis.
Due to staff allocation it may not be possible for your child to keep the same key person throughout this room change. If this should be the case then you will know in advance and have the opportunity to meet with your child’s new key person. Your child will have the opportunity to build a trusting relationship with the new key person with the support of the original key person before being left with them. However, children do get to know other members of staff as we are a close team so this does enhance the transition to the next room – the Bumble Bee’s Room.
We operate a points system to ensure the correct staffing levels for each age group in line with Ofsted requirements.
We do not prepare food for the children we prefer them to bring packed lunches/tea so that their diet is consistent with that at home and takes into account any special dietary requirements or moral/cultural observances. We ask you to supply baby’s milk, solids and other drinks for your child in labelled containers and bottles. Please check that all packaged foods are in date as we are unable to give them to children once they have passed their “Best Before” date. Please refer to the “Under Thirty months Policy” with regard to storage and heating of food/drink.
In order to promote healthy children we provide a range of healthy snacks and a choice of milk or water mid morning and afternoon. During the winter time we offer warm soup or hot chocolate and during the summer time we may make our own ice lollies for snack time.
Drinks are available for the children to access throughout the day.
Nappies, Changing etc
Please can you supply nappies, wet wipes, nappy sacks etc, this is all then stored in a labelled container for your child’s use only.
We have a separate black & white sensory room for the children to explore using their senses. Multisensory rooms have been shown to enhance sensory development (hearing, sight, taste, smell and touch), increase hand/eye coordination, promote language development and encourage relaxation. There are flashing lights, soft lights, all sorts of textures, mirrors, wooden heuristic equipment and other items which can be included to meet the individual needs of each child.