The nursery is divided into two main areas.
The baby room at Bluebirds is situated
upstairs. It is a bright and welcoming room, which can be
divided into different areas for different activities. We can
accommodate 12 babies in the room. The ratio of staff to
babies is 1:3.
The staff in the baby
room are qualified and/or experienced and are able to encourage the
babies through their early stages of development. Each baby
is allocated a "key person" who is responsible for settling the
baby in and documenting their development.
The routine in the
baby room is adaptable to suit the individual needs of the young
baby. Craft or messy play is offered each day - including
sand, water, and Playdoh. The toddlers have the opportunity
to play outside each day (weather permitting). Parents are asked to
supply nappies and wipes and any creams required. Parents are
also asked to supply their baby's dry formula in its original
container and this will be made by the staff for the baby as of
when needed. The nursery will supply every other meal for your baby
during their time with us.
Prior to your baby starting in the baby unit,
you will be offered two or three short sessions. This is
normally in the week leading up to their start date. The
first is for you and your baby, for you to get to know the staff
who will be looking after your baby and to go through their daily
routine and likes/dislikes. The second one is for your child to get
used to the nursery environment. If the senior member of
staff feels a third visit would be beneficial, a convenient time
will be arranged.
Downstairs we have three separate rooms.
One room is for our 2 year olds and the second room for our 3
year olds. The third room is used by both groups for arts and
crafts, messy play, dinning and so on.
A wide range of toys, puzzles and games are
available and changed regularly. Activities downstairs are
based on a weekly theme taken from observations on the children
during play. The aim is to develop the children's knowledge
by working on things which interest them.
Each age group starts the morning session with
circle time This is a group session aimed at developing the
children's concentration. With the younger age group it is
for a shorter period of time. The children talk about the
weather and days of the week. They also discuss the topic and
basic counting, shapes and colours.
The older children also have topic-related
activities which cover EYFS 7 areas of learning (see aims).
They develop concentration and work on their pre-reading and
writing skills. The session always ends with a poem or story
usually related to the theme. Circle time is followed by drinks and
a snack. The children choose from water or milk for their
meal. They are encouraged to pour their own drinks and they also
have the choice of fruit or savoury snacks.
Each day a craft or messy activity is
offered. During dry weather and summer, a lot of activities
take place outdoors than during the wet weather or
The outside areas are split to ensure the
children have a variety of experiences. During each session, our
team ensures that the children have as much fresh air as
The children will have
free access to the outdoors where they can play, explore, make
music, ride tricycle and so on, while been supervised all the time
by members of staff.