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Under 3's

Our under three’s department is part of a COMMUNITY INTEREST COMMUNITY COMPANY, created in July 2006 for the benefit of the community and integrated with the nursery school to provide care for children.

 

We have 15 children in the baby room (0-2 years) and 20 children in the toddler room (2-3 years).We are open from 7.30am to 6pm for 50 weeks of the year excluding bank holidays.

We have a staffing ratio of 1 adult to 3 children in the baby room and 1 adult to 4 children in the toddler room.

 

We follow the EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE CURRICULUM and plan for children based on observations and the curriculum guidance.

Children are allocated a key-person, who is responsible for their day to day care and for liaising with parents and other team members to ensure the child's needs are met. The key-person will observe, plan and keep records of each child’s progress and consult with parents to devise a programme to meet each child's developmental needs. Activities are based around the child’s interests, the characteristics of effective learning and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. We pride ourselves on working closely with parents to provide the best possible individual experience, education and care for the child.

 

The nursery routine includes free play, messy play, individual activity programmes and outdoor play as well as a daily story and music/singing sessions. Staff also ensure that the children get out and about as much as possible in order to widen their experience. Outings may include trips to local shops and parks or simply a walk around their local area.

 

The "two year old check " is carried out at the appropriate time with all children in the toddler room. This is shared with parents and if appropriate, with other professionals.

All children who are in receipt of two year old funding are screened using the "Every child a Talker and "Every child a Mover" monitoring tool. This enables us to have a clear insight on their language and physical development, to plan appropriate steps where necessary and to give us a tool to track progress within this group. Any other child who displays delay with any form of language is also assessed, tracked and planned for with this tool. All children are monitored for well-being and involvement using the 'Leuven Scales'.

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