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All areas of Puddleducks provide daily information sheets which will keep you well informed and up to date of what your child has done in their exiting day with us!
Our baby room welcomes children from 3 months to 17/18 months and offers a warm friendly environment for them to make the transition from home to nursery care. The nursery offers a homely environment and the baby room has its own sleep room, conservatory and garden area.
Throughout the day 2 members of staff work in the baby room with up to 6 babies. Although we could take more than 6 on a daily babies we feel limiting the numbers to 6 enables the babies to have particular attention paid to their individual needs at such a young age. The children have the opportunity to engage in lots of play and activities that will encourage their all-round development and they are cared for by a warm friendly team who offer all the encouragement and support the individuals need to grow into confident toddlers within the nursery setting.
The toddler room is located on the ground floor of the building with patio doors out to the enclosed garden. Your child will enter toddlers at around 17-18 months. This age is only a guideline and it really depends on the development of the individual child. Some may join at 16 months, others may benefit from a little longer in our baby room.
In the toddler room our aim is that the children continue to learn through play. The children have the opportunity to engage in lots of free play, and Any planned activities are planned around individual children’s interests and are easily adapted to suit different abilities as well as incorporate new strands of interest for the children.
The toddlers are introduced to circle time and your child will enjoy a self chosen choice of activities including role-play, music and movement, sand and water, outdoor play and art & craft activities.
The pre-school at Puddleducks is located on the first floor of the nursery, and all preschoolers have regular access to the garden.
Children will enter our pre-school at around 3 years, and they will enjoy a variety of activities including free play, where they can opt for role-play, music and movement, sand and water, construction, arts & crafts, ICT, and opportunities both indoors and outdoors that will allow the children to encounter positive learning across all the areas of Learning and Development. We also introduce more independence within the preschool using a variety of strategies, just some of these include self registration, encouraging and supporting independence in toileting and hygiene, listening and asking for the children ideas and suggestions, giving them independence at meal and snack times to independently serve them selves with support from staff.
GArden Play
Our Garden is a continuation of our indoor environment, the children are encourages to take any activity they would do inside out, as well as giving them the space for large movement play and exploration. We also have a growing area where the children can grow their own herbs, vegetables and fruit which they have fabulous fun food tasting and smelling!
The children access the garden in all weathers as we feel there is no such thing as inappropriate weather just inappropriate clothing. In hindsight of this we simply ask you to provide appropriate clothing for the time of year.
Garden Play
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