Tiny Men and Misses is next door to the main Nursery and opened in June 2014 after the demand for baby spaces increased. The Nursery offers care for children from 0 to 2 and is well equipped to support younger children. The youngest babies have a smaller room with 1:3 ratios to allow for personal interactions and the building of secure attachments with their key worker. Whilst the Tweenie room (1-2 years) offers a larger free flow environment mirroring that of Little Men and Misses. The Tweenies have the opportunity to play creatively with their choice of equipment and staff ensure the children’s learning is stretched and challenged continuously.
All planning is based on the children’s interests and Next Steps which are developed each term through the collaboration of the child’s Key Worker and parents to ensure we are all working towards the same goals. Whilst offering the Tweenie children the opportunity to play independently, we are also aware of the importance of working in key small groups and consequently each Key Group has a short period of time each day to concentrate on a more focused activity which still works alongside those children’s Next Steps and interests.
Meal times provide an excellent opportunity for children to develop their independence. During morning and afternoon snack times children are offered a variety of either fruit or raisins and help with tidying away their own cup and pot. At lunch and tea time children are supervised at the serving trolley enabling them to not only choose what they would like but also giving them an opportunity to discuss portion size and the importance of having some healthy food choices. After lunch, children clear their plates and tidy away their cutlery. The younger babies have lunch separately and are therefore able to use this time as a chance to further develop relationships with their Key Workers and peers.
Time is spent each morning and afternoon completing ‘Registration’; this is a time when all children sit and sing about the days of the week and the weather. During this time the children are also able to choose what they would like to play with in each area of the Nursery from a photo album. This is a lovely ‘family time’ which allows the children to further improve their relationships within the setting as well as developing their ability to sit and concentrate for a slightly longer period of time.
The outdoor area provides extensive opportunities for climbing and playing as well as the chance to get messy in the ‘Mud Kitchen’. The garden also has a small Snug which allows the children to cuddle up with a story in their own personal space and the opportunity to have a quieter time with friends.
Overall, the Nursery offers the perfect environment for babies to grow and develop into confident toddlers with a thirst for learning.