The Early Years Centre caters for children from around 6 months to 3 years.
All staff work together to provide rich hands on experiences for these young children, to ensure that they play and explore using all their senses. Staff value children’s explorations and inquisitive nature and foster their curiosity in exciting activities such as playing in mud, jumping in puddles, collecting leaves, blowing bubbles and exploring paint.
These sensory play experiences help children to learn, to make connections and develop understanding and concepts as well as developing their language and communication skills and their physical skills.
They also help them to develop as social beings – helping them to be aware of others, to play alongside and with others. They help them to gain confidence and become more independent. They help them to try to understand their feelings and to cope with leaving their parents.
We provide for between nine and twelve babies in the Baby Room for children under the age of two. These children have contact with the older children and are moved into the older age group when appropriate.
There is a daily learning and care structure which includes sensory experiences, outdoor play, group time and other activities that promote interaction and developing independence, such as, Snack Time and toileting routines with their Key Person.
We provide for between twenty to twenty-four children aged two to three years old. The provision is based on different areas of learning which ensure the children have a wide range of resources and learning opportunities suitable for their age and stage of development. Children’s current interests and fascinations are reflected in the provision and also there are planned adult-led experiences for the children on a daily basis.
The children thrive in an environment which is an exciting mix of familiar and new resources and experiences.
Every child has a Key Person. Their role is to ensure that every child’s care and learning is tailored to meet their individual needs, to help the child become familiar and feel and be settled an confident within the setting and offer a secure relationship for the child and with their parents.