At the Alphabet House Nursery School, our baby rooms can accommodate babies up to 24 months old. All babies have their own cot, and are assigned a key person who will discuss your child’s day with you at the end of each session.
Our nursery staff try to follow the routines that you have established at home and will complete a weekly diary for your child, which tells you what your baby has done during the week, their accomplishments and their next steps. We welcome your comments and suggestions in the diary.
Younger children are given plenty of stimulating activities and choice in order to get them used to the nursery environment, particularly during the settling-in period. We place great importance on providing sensitive care with a variety of experiences to promote your baby’s emotional development and understanding of their environment.
Interaction through speech and play is also important to create special attachments with adults and carers and to nurture a sense of security and well-being.
We like to take part in a variety of activities throughout the day, including walks and play time in specially designated areas of our gardens. Indoor activities take place in our large, well-equipped playrooms and include creative and craft play such as painting, sticking, cooking, music and singing. See gallery for pictures.
We also introduce children to colours, shapes and counting in accordance and as children get older, they are encouraged to feed themselves and clean their teeth. All activities are structured around your baby’s individual needs and abilities in order to support their growth and development into healthy and happy children.
When your child joins the 1-2 Year group, they will have a key person who will be responsible for looking after all aspects of your child’s development. You will receive a diary at the end of each week which shows you what your child has done during the week, their achievements and next steps. We welcome your comments and suggestions in the diary.
This age group has a varied and interesting programme of play and learning. It is an exciting time in your child’s development when everything is new and interesting and they start to explore the world around them. One of the biggest changes is in their physical development.
Children progress from crawling to walking and begin to use their new mobility to push and pull toys, dance and climb. Outside play forms a large part of their day and we have a range of toys and play equipment which will develop their balance, co-ordination, physical strength and confidence.
We also have sensory areas at our settings to help engage your baby’s senses through a range of activities Lots of props and equipment are used including bubbles and lights. Your baby’s sense of sound will be developed through singing and the use of instruments. You may find that elements of other baby classes are included in your sensory class including singing, storytelling and baby gymnastics.
At this age, children also begin to take an interest in books, nursery rhymes and enjoy experimenting with crayons, drawing and sensory materials. They begin to recognise patterns and shapes and we support their learning by encouraging them to choose activities they want to do.
We also start to introduce group activities into your child’s play. This improves concentration and language skills and enables your child to experience a wide range of new emotions and feelings.
Children enjoy learning basic tasks and we begin to teach them to use a spoon and fork to eat, and to drink from a cup. Once they master these basic tasks they want to perform them again and again and again!
When your child joins the 2-3 years group, they will be assigned a key worker who will be your point of contact at the nursery. The key worker will ensure that all aspects of your child’s physical and intellectual development are met and you will receive a weekly diary which will tell you what your child has done during the week, their achievements and next steps. Your views, comments and suggestions are welcomed in the diary.
These are years of exploration and discovery for your child. It is a time when we build on their developing physical skills and intellectual abilities. We, therefore, have active times for exercise and play and quiet times for calmer, academic activities and speech development.
Language comprehension develops at an increasing rate at this age and we spend time looking at picture books and reading to children to build their vocabulary and understanding of words. We also spend more time playing and learning in groups, including role play, to better understand other people’s feelings and to continue learning how to cooperate with others.
Children develop at different rates and each child’s progress is individual to them. They do not make progress in all areas at the same time and it can be a very frustrating time for them. The role of their key person is very important at this stage in encouraging exploration and self-help.
Children will be encouraged and supported to put their coats and shoes on when playing in the garden and using a knife and fork at meal times. They will go to the bathroom to wash their hands before meals and brush their teeth after lunch.
Adults are important role models in children’s early development and we, therefore, encourage good table manners and always use model polite language which children naturally copy by saying please, thank you and excuse me please. Praise is always given for achievements, good behaviour to build self-esteem and confident children.
Between the ages of 3 and 5, your child’s independence and self-help grows and they develop astronger sense of their own identity and place in the world. The relationships they build with adult carers and, in particular, their key person, will form the basis of much of their learning at this age.
As before, you will receive a weekly diary which will tell you what your child has done during the week, their achievements and next steps. Your comments and suggestions are always welcomed in the diary.
Older children have a more structured programme of play and learning, which is based on preschool activities in preparation for their transition from nursery to school. They have increased independence and are encouraged to do more for themselves, including choosing and carrying out activities and tasks, with a variety of interesting materials and toys available. Playrooms are set out into different learning areas including maths, discovery, environment, role play,
construction, creative play and ICT.
Children are encouraged to choose toys from different areas and have continual access to ICT toys, sand, water, home and cosy corners and books. We also support and encourage children in areas such as eating, dressing and toileting and helping adults in everyday tasks such as preparing tables at meal times and helping to clear up after meals, and the children enjoy using their own brooms and brushes.
We recognise the importance of your child’s all-round development and concentrate on building their social, emotional, intellectual, physical and language skills. Regular daily access to to the out doors as well as physical education sessions are planned each week to develop their strength and co-ordination and several group sessions are integrated into the daily routine to develop social and communications skills. Letters and sounds are also a feature of daily play and activity.
Children’s language is now much more complex and we encourage them to join in conversations to learn to use longer sentences and to begin to think about the past, present and future. We also introduce children to the concepts of dangers and safe limits. An increased interest in joint play, such as make-believe, construction and puzzles helps to develop comprehension and planning and reinforces the important social skills of sharing and co-operation.