Babies & Toddlers 3mths – 2.5yrs

For babies from 3 months old to toddlers around 2.5 years old (the upper age limit depends on our assessment of each child’s individual needs and abilities).  This area is adorned with colourful pictures, mobiles, soft toys and furnishings. This is a perfect environment for babies to safely start to crawl and explore their surroundings. The carpet is made of a special anti-allergy material and the flooring is under heated to offer extra warmth and comfort as they become more mobile. The room also includes a sterile milk kitchen, nappy changing room and sleeping area.

During this period babies begin to develop an awareness and understanding of themselves and the environment around them. From their viewpoint the world is a forever-changing object with things to touch, taste, smell, see and hear. Regular but flexible routines help our babies to gain a sense of order and anticipate events. A wide variety of experiences, which involve all the senses, encourages learning and a continued interest in their environment.

Our experienced and kind staff offer sensitive care to meet every child’s individual needs, ensuring relationships are formed to encourage a sense of well being and comfort. We work to help your child experience a secure ‘home-from-home’ atmosphere.

There are various areas that enable a baby to grow and develop at their own pace; the room provides many activities, toys and equipment that promote a holistic approach to learning and development. It is a light and colourful environment with child height furnishings and floor mats to encourage movement, crawling and eventually walking!

As younger toddlers they become more independent – feeding themselves, drinking from larger cups, playing side-by-side with their friends and taking on a whole new approach to the ways in which they learn, develop and communicate. With this in mind this area is fully equipped to support and encourage the children’s learning, including age and stage-appropriate equipment and resources, child-height furniture, sinks and role play equipment, and the opportunities to investigate and explore in more detail.

Children in the younger toddler room are of an age where they will begin to make more definitive choices for themselves; attachments are being formed and they begin to respond positively to the introduction of some useful boundaries. Communication is of great importance as children start to make that transition to a new level of independence.We promotes the areas of development through various activities and experiences. The children are monitored regularly to ensure the educational planning revolves around their needs and natural interests. Their development and learning is always fully supported.

As children become more mobile new opportunities for exploration and exercise arise. A safe and interesting environment helps children to develop curiosity, co-ordination and enhance their physical abilities.

An art and separate water play area allows our toddlers to develop their co-ordination skills, taking part in more messy and fun play as they finger-paint and make models to bring home for you.

Singing & music play a large part in encouraging our toddlers to become more confident and communicative. Role-play and dressing-up games cultivates the children’s friendships and encourages their self-expression.

Children in this age group are now enjoying activities such as mark making, using a variety of materials, looking at picture books and listening to stories, all of which are important steps in literacy. Self-help and independence soon emerge as we support and encourage children with eating, dressing and toileting. Joining-in with conversations is an important way to learn new things and helps your child to think about the past, present and future. Children in this room enjoy learning new skills and your child will now automatically join active play with other children, with little or no encouragement.

All children are given opportunities to explore and develop at their own pace. There are areas within the room which allow your child to explore freely and offer them both independence and the security of adults when needed. They have access to a huge array of art materials, books –  as well as a tranquil area (for quiet time to themselves) and a dedicated ‘Home Corner’, where they can practice important life skills and role-play.