Nina’s Nursery, Greatmoor, offers 6 places for babies, Nina’s Nursery, Davenport offers 9 places for babies and Nina’s Montessori Nursery, Macclesfield offers 9 places for babies all aged from three months to 18 months.
The staff ratio in this room is 1 member of staff to 3 children.
All our self-contained baby rooms have all the facilities for the under 18 month olds. Although one room, we have separated the younger babies from the older babies to ensure both safety and comfort for all.
We encourage parents to discuss their baby’s sleeping and feeding routines as well as their stimulation and development needs for their child / children
Even at a young age, a stimulating programme takes place on a daily basis, which includes walks outside, story reading, singing, messy activity time and much more. The children are also encouraged to participate in creative play. We have a messy area for painting, sand and water play as well as eating.
Each child has a key person who will make observations whilst the children are playing and carrying out activities. These observations are kept in your child’s Learning Journey, which is available for you to look at whenever you wish. These observations are also used to plan further activities and experiences to meet the individual needs of each child in our care.
At our nurseries the Toddler Room caters for children aged from 18 months to 30 month old. The staff ratio in this age range is 1 member of staff to 4 children unless they are of a lower age where then the baby ratio is still maintained at 1 staff to 3 children.
All our staff in the Toddler Room work together to plan activities that promote all areas of development based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. These activities include: painting, cutting, messy play, music and movement, sand and water play, construction, basic numbers, shape and mark making.
To develop your child’s social skills our Toddlers sometimes meet with the Pre-School Children at activity time for example when stretch and grow is being carried out with our qualified instructor. We feel this is an important experience for your child’s development.
Taking into account the children’s advancing development, the routine in this room is slightly more structured in respect of learning and play. Our aim is to develop learning through positive interest and enjoyment in a more coordinated set out room.
As your child is now becoming more mobile, the range of toys and equipment available are specifically chosen for your child’s individual and changing needs. These include more table top activities as well as floor toys. Our table top activities reflect this with threading, colour sorting and a wider range of more complex puzzles, shape sorters and construction toys. The home corner and the sand and water areas will stimulate imaginations and encourage children to discover independent learning for themselves. Not forgetting how young they are, those who still benefit from a daytime nap will have the opportunity for a sleep / quiet time.
Toddlers also have daily access to our sensory room at Davenport which is situated on the pre-school floor. This helps to develop early sensory skills. At Greatmoor our sensory room is outside within our summerhouse and at Macclesfield the sensory room is due to open 2013!! So watch this space!!
Your child will have their own key worker during their time in the Toddler room. Your child’s key worker will work with them to achieve their full potential and these observations will be recorded in your child’s Learning Journal.
Of course, our key workers will always look forward to working with you as and when your child is ready to start toilet training!
Our pre-school rooms at each setting caters for children aged 2 ½ years until they leave for school. The staff ratio in pre-school is 1 member of staff to 8 children unless they are of a lower age where then the toddler ratio is still maintained at 1 staff to 4 children.
Our pre-school room is split into two areas, a messy area where the children can mark make, paint, chalk, cutting, sticking, malleable play, sand, water and table top activities. The second area is where a wide range of activities take place within the continuous provision. These include a quite area, writing area, maths area, role play area, construction area, dressing up, small world and our computer.
Our pre-school room is designed to help your child prepare for school. Our aims include planning and creating a challenging and secure environment. This promotes children’s learning through planned activities as well as encouraging children’s spontaneous play whilst developing their language and communication. Through this method children can: explore, develop and represent learning experiences that help them make sense of the world, practise and build up ideas, concepts and skills, understand the need for rules, take risks and make mistakes, think creatively and imaginatively, communicate with others and solve problems.
We provide opportunities for your child to experience ‘hands-on’ activities with the guidance of our staff. Within our daily routine, we enjoy our fabulous outdoor areas which have different resources freely available for the children to access to ensure that your child continues learning through experiences outside as well as inside, as we understand that outside provisions are as important for our children’s development and individual skills
Within our pre-school area children also have access to our computer, assisting with progressive ICT skills.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum, which covers children aged birth to the end of the Reception year, became statutory in September 2008 and places strong emphasis on the importance and value of daily outdoor experiences for children’s learning and development.
Being outside supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being. It gives them contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons. Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.
All our Outdoor Play Areas at Nina’s Nurseries, are secure and safe environment consisting of a grass area, a soft play surface road area, a large summerhouse equipped with lighting and heating for the use in winter as well, slides and climbing frames, a large climbing area with a wall, balancing beam, all to help promote and stimulate development in all areas including gross motor skills, fine motor skills, balancing and co-ordination.