Our first Nursery caters for our infants between the ages of 3 months to 18 months. The environment is an open-plan area that is connected to two separate sleep rooms, a bathroom with change facilities, a small kitchenette for bottle preparations and a shared outdoor play space.
We run Nursery One with a ratio of 1 Early Childhood Educator to 4 children. The staff in Nursery One hold their Diploma in Children Services and Care, and bring many years’ experience within a childcare setting and as mothers themselves.
We promote the infants to control their own learning, competent and striving to learn about their world, but vulnerable and in need of positive support and interaction.
Our infant space is based on the relationship between educators, children and family. We believe connections with consistent educators form the basis of good attachment which provides a place for children to feel safe, secure and supported.
Our infants learn by interacting with a rich, engaging environment and taking part in experiences that are adjusted according to their individual routines. The early introduction to creative materials that we provide assist to inspire the children to explore their individual abilities and express themselves through music and art. The educators concentrate on the children as individuals and assist them to develop and grow at their own pace.
Within this age group the educators focus on learning to communicate, becoming independent, exploring the world, and mastering gross motor and fine motor skills. Language development is a core learning area for infants which is supported through intentional experiences within storytelling, songs and music. The curriculum in the infant’s room is formed around the key learning concepts to support and extend their individual development, these being:
Each child is individually loved and supported, to assist them to progress their learning in accordance with the Early Years Learning Framework ensuring not to disturb their individual routine.
There are many caregiving routines we have in our day such as: mealtimes, sleeping and toileting. At these times, we embed enriched language to increase communication and support the children in developing oral skills, independence, self-help and to form relationships.
A sense of belonging and connectedness is essential for all our young children. Our educators spend time bonding and forming relationships with individual children. Children of this age are developing their emotional and social understandings of the world. Educators plan to support each child through intentional interactions which support and develop their social and emotional skills and wellbeing.
Meaningful play provides opportunities for young children to learn about the world around them and themselves as individuals. The environment, including materials offered, is planned to extend, challenge and offer new discoveries for all children. Educators intentionally support children in their exploration through ongoing experiences and interactions.
Children explore the properties of everyday objects, open-ended materials and creative offerings in a safe and supported manner. They are given the opportunity to experience an environment where they can develop the skills to be creative and expressive, with support to make connections about the world.