Our Baby/Toddler 1 room is a large open plan room with a specific area for babies and another area for toddlers, children in this room are aged between 3 months and 2.5 years. Children from 3 months – 2 years are classed as our babies and children from 2 years – 2.5 years are classed as our toddler 1’s.
At Over The Rainbow Day Nursery we believe that all children learn from each other as well as from adults, it is for this reason that we mix the ages in the room – although the different ages do have their own areas and time spent with their own age groups, they do mix throughout the day which provides them with a varied experience and extended opportunities to learn.
As this is an open plan room, all of our toys and resources are freely accessible to enable the children to choose what they want to play with and when, which helps to build their confidence and independence. In addition set activities in this room are planned to cater for all age ranges as well as for each individual child's needs and interests.
The development of children is tracked by our experienced staff who carry out regular observations of the children. We have an online observation system which enables our parents to be kept fully up to date with their children’s progress as an email is sent when an observation has been completed, giving parents the chance to leave a comment or to upload their own observations from home.
All members of staff in this room have undertaken specific training in the care of both 0-2 year old's and 2-3 year old's in addition to their childcare qualifications. Staff to child ratios in this room are at least 1-3 for our under 2’s and 1-4 for our 2 – 2.5 year old's.
Below is an example of our daily routine, however we are extremely flexible and cater for the children on a day to day basis, lots of our activities are child led and so may change throughout the day. In addition, we are more than happy to accommodate each parents individual wishes in respect of sleep times throughout the day.
Typical Daily Routine of our Baby/Toddler 1 Room:
8:00 – 8:30am – Free play while we welcome all children in to nursery in the morning.
8:45 – 9:15am – Breakfast.
9:30 – 10:15am – Garden time.
10:30 – 10:45am – Morning snack.
10:45 – 11:15am – Planned activities. (Care routines)
11:15 – 11:30am – Group Circle time.
11:30 – 12:00 – Lunch.
12:15 – Children who are with us for a full day go to sleep – Morning session children take part in planned activities and story time until home time.
1:00 – 1:15pm – Home time for our morning children and we welcome our afternoon children in to nursery.
1:30 – 2:15pm – Planned activities. (Care routines)
2:30 – 2:45pm – Afternoon snack.
3:00 – 3:30pm – Music and movement.
3:30 – 4:30pm – Garden time.
4:30 – 4:45pm – Tea.
4:45 – 5:15pm – Group Circle time. (Care routines)
5:15 – 6:00pm – Free play while children are being collected at the end of the day.
All of the children in our Baby/Toddler 1 room are allocated their own box in which to keep their personal belongings, if your child is due to begin nursery in this room we would ask that you bring the following items to keep in their box:-
A pack of appropriate sized nappies (if required)
A drinking beaker (we will name these and keep them at nursery)
A few changes of clothes, including socks (named if possible)
A pair of slippers if you wish
Formula milk and a bottle if required
We ask that if your baby is still on pureed food that you also supply this, we are more than happy to mash up the food provided by nursery if you would like us to.
Over The Rainbow Day Nursery supply all food, baby wipes and sudocream.