Angelfish Baby Room
This age group ranges from 3 months to 2 and 6 months with a maximum of 21 children at any one time. Due to the mix of the age groups, we ensure that we manage the room with a staff:child ratio of 1:3.
The initial room has a large carpeted area to give the non mobile babies comfort and warmth as well as acting as a cushion when movement becomes more frequent. We also have a laminate area for those ‘messy’ but fun times. This space is a tranquil, soft, explorative area which includes a focused baby area, sensory treasure baskets, books, cushions and soft gym toys. The adjoining room is our more creative, role play space where the children can use their voices and free flow into the garden through our double doors. There is a ramp leading into the garden for our younger children, allowing even our crawling babies to have free-flow access to fresh air.
By becoming a Nursery with only 2 rooms, we have reduced the unsettling transition times (for both the children and their parents) by half and have enbabled the attachment and bonding process for each child to be maximised; a child and their parents will potentially remain with the same Key Person for 2 years at a time. Without secure attachments children can become anxious and therefore cannot explore and learn. In addition, this space now mimics the space in our Preschool room, which will aim to support a more secure transition.
There is a daily routine in Angelfish, but this is very flexible and takes into account each child’s individual needs. A typical day will include activities such as painting, sticking, messy play, garden time, stories and singing to aid each child’s learning and development, but most of all, it will include time spent with knowledgeable and caring adults, to ensure they have a happy and fun filled day!
Nappies are checked regularly throughout the day and changed as often as needed, and toilet training can begin whenever the child is ready. Parents are required to supply nappies and baby wipes/cotton wool for their child’s needs.
Parents are also required to supply formula milk, already made up in bottles, for their baby. When your child is ready to begin weaning please see your room staff who will talk you through our menu and plan which foods you would like us to introduce and when.
Jellyfish Preschool & Rainbowfish Toddler Room
Our Preschool is a wonderfully large and airy room, that can hold up to 31 children. It is light and brightly decorated and has been designed with a child’s eye view in mind; the storage has been kept to a minimum and designed to allow maximum floor space for the children to explore new skills and experiences.
This room is heavily influenced by the curriculum (Early Years Foundation Stage), and divided into very significant areas.
This room then leads out into our large garden where the children can enjoy access to sand & water, planting and digging areas and a variety of bikes. We have a wonderfully soft play surface that has been designed in the way of a road which will often lead the children into learning about road safety, however, on occasion we can be witness to a little ‘dangerous driving’!
Gradually this age group will be introduced to numbers, letters, colours and basic reading and writing skills to help their development and to encourage them to reach the “Stepping Stones” that will prepare them for school. All staff are encouraged to liaise with parents with regard to how much preparation for school life they feel is appropriate.
Independence is encouraged in this age group. This will be developed through activities such as your child starting to dress themselves after music and movement, cutting their own foods at mealtimes or visiting the toilet with minimal adult support. We are very aware that every child develops at a different speed, so assistance will always be offered with gradual and subtle encouragement which we believe leads to success.
Musical exploration, physical activities and art craft sessions are encouraged throughout the nursery and at this age children really begin to bloom creatively. We believe that children need space and a variety of different surroundings to keep their minds stimulated. At Starfish we know we can provide this.
The use of our computer will help develop concentration, hand-eye coordination and recognition skills. The children will learn to grow their own flowers and vegetables in the planting area and be encouraged to participate in nursery activities such as the Christmas play, where their parents and relatives are welcome to come and join in, with the emphasis on fun, of course!
The children will receive progress reports. In addition to this, parents will be invited to a yearly Parent’s Evening, giving them the opportunity to discuss the progress of their child and to see the activities their child enjoys.
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Starfish Childrens Day Nursery
Starfish Farnham Childrens Day Nursery
Tel: 01252 820333