Baby Room - Buttercup Room

❀     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. 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!