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The Baby Room - Our Rabbits & Squirrels

Each baby is an individual who arrives at Oaklands with an established routine and likes and dislikes. Several “familiarisation” visits enable a detailed exchange of information between parents and staff to ensure an easy adjustment to the Nursery routine.

lucas_crop_sz1We work closely with parents who have daily contact with staff and receive a daily diary in which staff record details of feeds, sleeps, nappy changes and activities.

We are fortunate to have a very low staff turnover which is particularly important for our youngest children. The maturity and experience of Janet and her staff inspire confidence in new parents and help their young charges to settle happily into their Nursery family.

Self-contained accommodation for six Rabbits with their two Key Persons consists of a bright, south facing play room, a bedroom, a milk kitchen and a bathroom.

SQUIRRELS, our older babies. When our babies are confidently “on their feet” they move across the landing to the Squirrels. This is an easy move as they already know the Squirrels’ staff. Squirrels also have self-contained accommodation consisting of a bright, south-facing room, a storeroom and a changing room.

The Rabbits’ and Squirrels’ rooms are full of colour, with a wide variety of soft toys and toys with bells, rattles, levers and musical sounds to aid dexterity and sensory development. Older babies enjoy soft modular blocks and push-along toys which aid gross motor skills.

Children love music and rhythmic sounds. Finger rhymes, Nursery rhymes and action songs play an important and enjoyable part in daily activities and aid language development.

Through their “Learning through Landscapes” programme, Ofsted is keen for indoor play to extend easily and freely into outdoor play. We agree enthusiastically as fresh air is essential for good health and physical development. The children enjoy our lovely garden with a good variety of small slides, playhouses and push-along toys.

The bottom garden is a haven for younger babies away from the more energetic play of the older children. On a summer’s day they sit on rugs under the apple tree with their Key Person who will point out the songs of the birds, the sound of the older children playing, the noise of a passing aeroplane or police car. Although they enjoy our garden, both staff and children enjoy regular visits to the park to feed the ducks.

Squirrels enjoy activities to develop their fine skills and manual dexterity e.g. painting, printing, puzzles and construction toys. Toy kitchens, dolls, dressing-up clothes enhance role play and aid language development.

Music, songs, nursery rhymes and music making are always popular and vocabularies and repertoires are expanding rapidly.

As the children play together, they are encouraged to share toys with their friends and “take turns” Key persons continue to play a vital role in providing stability, consistency and, when necessary, comfort.

Our primary aims are:

  • to give parents peace of mind through confidence in our ability to keep their child safe, happy, well-nourished and happily occupied.
  • to cause children to come happily to the Nursery through consistency of care from a Key Person
  • to provide a regular routine
  • to provide enjoyable activities
  • to provide a comfortable cot in which to rest
  • to provide tasty and nourishing food
07:45Children arrive
08:00 - 08:45Breakfast
09:00Assembly/children's news time, special events, e.g., birthdays
09:30Small group time: structured activities with Key Worker
10:30Mid-morning milk or water or squash and biscuits
10:45Garden play / music / singing / story time
11:45Lunch time. Followed by toileting, washing, teeth cleaning, story.
Rest time according to individual needs. Quiet activities for children
who do not need to sleep.
14:30Afternoon drink and biscuit.
Free activities
15:30 - 16:00Tea
Music / story / carefully-chosen video or short children's T.V. programme
16:00 - 18:15Parents arrive to collect their children