The youngest children in the Centre, aged from 3 months to approximately 2 years old, although they may transition to one of our toddler rooms slightly earlier.
We work to encourage a baby’s development in an environment which is homely, nurturing and stimulating where they are free to explore in an exciting space, where activities, toys and physical needs are met. Ensuring provision meets the individual physical and developmental needs of each child. The area is arranged for babies to sit, crawl or lay, having soft areas with rugs and baskets to sleep.
There is a wide range of equipment including a community playthings play gym and large and small pieces of equipment, which encourage the development of gross and fine motor control. We have a comfortable sofa where children can relax and sit closely with practitioners to look at books/small toys or relax comfortably whilst having their bottle. It is important to remember that children should feel relaxed and comfortable in this area as it is a substitute living room, being a home from home, we have therefore provide a range soft furnishings/curtains cushions.
Both Caterpillars and Butterflies operate a ‘free flow’ environment, where children are given the opportunity to move around the room, accessing individual learning areas including a covered balcony which leads into their own garden. Activities are planned which enable practitioners to monitor and observe each child’s development. The room is set up into different areas following the EYFS framework.
The adult child ration is 1:3. There are a number of sleep/comfort areas in the room so that when children fall asleep they can be monitored. Practitioners will discuss your child’s sleep routine with you at their induction.
We work with parents in helping children to develop feeding and walking skills at the appropriate time. We work to develop confidence, to prepare them for moving into the 2-3s play area. Activities are varied concentrating on touch, texture, sound, shape and sizes as well as looking to develop physical co-ordination. The following activities are provide to develop these skills, painting, sand/water play, tactile experiences clay/dough, using large construction equipment. Children discover the pleasure and enjoyment gained through looking at large colourful picture books. Musical activities will take place, making a range of sound with instruments and singing action rhymes and songs, whilst also listening to a wide range of different types of music. Key persons will also work to have individual sessions with your child, on a 1 to 1 basis. This will enable them to complete your child’s individual development portfolio.