The Baby room is specifically designed to care for children from 3 mths to 14 mths in a warm, secure, friendly atmosphere. There is a floor area to encourage mobility and comfortable, homely sleeping areas. From starting nursery, each baby has their own daily record of eating, sleeping, changing times, the day’s activities and baby’s individual achievements. This self contained unit has the benefits of its own kitchen area which consists of a variety of amenities for all your babies needs.
Within the room we only have toys that are specified for the age range of the babies. Activities that are planned and carried out will also be constructed with all of the babies ages and individual needs in mind. Planning of activities will be displayed within the room.
He/she will be in an adult to child ratio of 1:3 making the transition from home to nursery as comfortable as possible. All babies are supplied with nappies and toiletries. Before babies are weaned we do ask for parents to provide their choice of cartoned milk– as baby progresses to solids our cook will blend our food to the consistency suitable for each individual baby.
Our Tiddler room is designed for children aged around 14mths up to 20mths. Once babies are walking confidently, they need more space and apparatus to develop their physical skills – this is what the ‘ Tiddler room’ offers.
The room is open to the more ‘mobile’ babies, and the move from the baby room will be an agreed decision with parents and each child’s key person and done gradually. He/She will be in a adult to child ratio of 1:3.
As always you can access your child’s records at any time and all planning will be displayed on the wall. In this room your child will take part in a lot of messy play as we believe that this encourages their development. For this reason we ask that you# bring a change of clothes for your child.
As at this age your child will be moving around more. We recommend that they wear soft soled shoes for nursery, this is for health & safety reasons.
One of our Toddler room’s is for children aged 20-26 mths and the other 26-36 mths depending on the child’s development. This is the room of excitement and lots of hands on experiences. The room offers static areas – creative, messy, construction, role play, sand and water, and a quiet area. There is also on offer for our tired toddlers time to sleep, they have their own individual beds for sleep times appropriate to each child’s needs.
Within the toddler room we usually start potty training with your child. It is your decision if you think they are ready. This is encouraged to be started at nursery at the same time as it is at home. A record of your child’s potty training progress will be monitored and sent home at the end of each day. At this time we ask that plenty of spare clothes are provided as accidents do happen. The toddler room has easy access to the nursery toilet facilities and potty’s. The toilets and wash basins are at the correct height for children to promote independence in the bathroom.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is also used within this room and planning is done to suit the needs and age ranges of the children. As always you will always be able to access your child’s progress and developmental records.
Within toddlers we continue to build on your child’s social and interaction skills and we usually notice that children communicate more with their peers. At all times sand and water will be available for your child to access as we find this promotes all areas of development.
The Pre-School room is designed for children aged 3-5 years, the ratio is 1 adult to 8 children. This is located at our second site off St James road facing St James School in between the church and the club house with off the road parking. The room is set up into six areas of learning. These are as follows:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language Development
- Physical Development
- Understanding of the world
- Expressive, Art and Design
Within this room we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and have started to build links with the local schools. Regular observations are done on each child to monitor their growing development, each child is treated as an equal meeting their individual needs, promoting independence and self-esteem.
To promote independence in this room the children are able to access all areas of learning as they wish. With regards to the focused activity offered daily, children have# free choice whether to access this or not. The focused activity will coincide with the topic area that is covered over a six week period.
Continuous provision is available daily for the children to access at their leisure, this allows practitioners to focus on children’s interest which allows children time for fun and freedom of choice within the environment.
The staff promote independence in your child, and with your help and support, prepare your child for graduating Holly Tree and starting school.
Outside play at Holly Tree
At our 0-3’s site children access free flow access to outdoors. All 4 rooms have access to their own outside play space, with appropriate aged equipment.
Our3-11’s site have a large outside play space which is fenced into 2 halves 1 for 3-5 years old and the other for our 5-11 year old’s. Both areas reflect our indoor environment.
Key Person System
Our Key Person System runs throughout the nursery. Every child is allocated a key person from the day they visit on gradual admission. The key person will work on a one to one basis with you and your child to learn all about them and help them to settle into Holly Tree, gradually introducing the other staff members, who will also care for your child.
The Key Person will do everything for your child, from completing planning and observational assessments, to changing their nappy, helping with feeding, and sitting with them at rest time. The Key Person will change from room to room as your child grows and develops but you will always be introduced to the new key person as your child begins gradual visits into their room. One key person will pass on all information / and your child’s file to the new key person to ensure the continuity of care.