A nursery is a great setting that enables children to build confidence in socialising and to learn through play from a very early age. At Sticky Fingers every age group has an opportunity to develop and learn through first hand experiences, making use of the wide range of indoor and outdoor facilities we have to offer.
As they develop at a rapid pace more activities are introduced providing new opportunities and experiences to learn.
The children are grouped according to age into the following:
Age range – 12 weeks to 24 months
We understand that you may feel anxious leaving your child for the first time, so we do our best to make this as stress free as possible.In our beanie room we aim to mirror the routine you have at home to ensure a smooth transition between home and nursery care. The staff in the beanie room will work with you to establish a routine that works for you and your baby. If your baby is still breastfeeding and you wish to continue we can provide a comfortable place for you to sit and feed your baby, alternatively we have a fridge to store expressed milk that we can bottle-feed to your baby. We recommend that you visit the nursery several times with your baby before they start so you can both familiarise yourselves with the new surroundings. When your baby has finally started we will encourage you to phone us, we will tell you honestly how your baby is coping with the separation process.
In the beanie room we have endeavoured to create an atmosphere that is warm and trusting, giving your baby every chance to thrive. Our focus is to nurture the attachment process so that your baby feels cared for and settled. Your baby will experience lots of sensory play, social interaction to encourage babbling, treasure baskets (exploring everyday objects) and singing & signing time. We also give lots of time, practice and encouragement when your baby achieves those first milestones such as sitting up and standing.
Your key carer will regularly discuss your baby’s development and on a daily basis handover all relevant information such as sleeps, food/milk intake, and play. Daily information slips are also used as a record for you to keep. You will need to provide breakfast (if required)a change of clothes, nappies, wet wipes, bottles with cooled boiled water and pre-measured powdered milk. We also encourage special comforters that you know will settle your child such as a teddy, dummy, snuggle blanket or muslin cloth. One of our most successful ‘settle items’ is a personalised photo book that we will make for you from 6 or so photos of all the special people and places in your babies life.
Baby Sleep Room
In our separate baby sleep room we have tried to create a warm, relaxing and peaceful environment where your child can enjoy resting. Mobiles hang from the ceiling and cots and we have gentle lullaby toys to soothe sleeping children. Babies can sleep in either traditional cots or within the play play room where there is always a cosy cushion area. We try to reflect what you are doing at home so that any established sleep pattern is supported.
Our nursery staff ensure that each child has very individual and peronalised care and if any routine at home is established we will endeavour to follow that. A morning snack is offered at 10:00am, lunch is at 12:00pm, afternoon fruit is at 2:00pm and tea is at 4:00pm, however each child has individual needs and we can adjust these times to suit your baby.
As children grow and develop we begin to introduce more structure to their day and as a group the children begin to fit in with the nursery routines, eating and sleeping at similar times. The children begin to play alongside one-another and activitites such as dancing and cooking are offered. Beanie children play freely and can use their imagination to select toys and resources that are available at their height level. Beanies also have free-flow play onto their own outdoor decking area. Their outdoor space is partially covered with artificial grass so that the children can be outdoors all year round. The garden is roofed to protect the area from getting wet and we encourage outdoor play as often as possible. In the warm weather the doors are kept open all day long so that the children can choose to play indoors or out and practice some of their new skills such as walking, climbing, pulling and pushing.
There is also a cosy corner to develop a love of books as well as providing a calm area for times when children want to quietly watch others play or snooze. Sensory experiences are offered such as gloop (cornflour & water), playdough, sensory bags and treasure baskets (everyday items) this gives children the opportunity to explore texture. Children begin to learn about self-care and are helped to wash their hands before eating and after messy activities, starting them on the journey towards independence. Personal care is also encouraged and children try to wipe their own faces and put rubbish into the dustbin.
A healthy snack is offered at 10:00am, Lunch is at 12:00, a fruit bowl at 2:00pm and tea at 4:00pm. Many beanie children like to bring in their breakfast and sit at a table with a nursery nurse whilst eating it. We still manage children’s individual care needs/routines and your child’s key carer will discuss these with you.
Many of our older beanie children still have sleep times and bottles of milk. Cows milk is provided free of charge however if you wish to provide pre-measured formula and cool boiled water we can warm it for your child. After a morning of play the older beanies join the toddlers in their room where they all snooze on covered sleep mats.
Parents are asked to provide breakfast (if required) nappies, wet wipes and a change of clothes. An all-in-one weather suit and wellington boots/outdoor shoes is useful as we do encourage children to play outside all year round, we prefer children to wear slippers or indoor shoes in the playrooms.
Age range – 2 to 3 years
Once your child beomes 2 years old we extend our activities to foster the independence skills that they are striving for. These activities will help promote the children’s fine motor skills, hand-eye-coordination, communication, language and social skills and preferences. The children learn to pour their own drinks, serve their own food at mealtimes and wipe their own face and hands. Toddlers predominantly play freely and can use their imagination for role-play activities, music and dance and are encouraged to self-select toys from units that are at their height level. Nursery nurses will encourage children to join in some adult-led activities such as story-time or creative art. Toddlers additionally have daily opportunities to play indoors or outdoors in our all-weather garden. In warm weather the doors remain open all day and sometimes the children choose to eat outside or have a little picnic at snack time.
The toddler room always has a cosy book corner, which is used by the children for small group story times as well as individual book sharing and quiet times. This helps to promote language development and a love of books.
Examples of some of the activities included are: painting, sand & water, junk modelling, collage, playdough and construction play such as building blocks and sticklebricks. We have a range of dressing up toys and our role-play area is usually a play kitchen as we find that’s what 2 year old’s love the best! They sometimes venture in to the pre-school room which has an adjoining door if they like the look of their role-play area.
When your child is ready we will work with you to encourage potty training. Until that time we ask that you provide nappies, wet wipes and a change of clothes for your child. Wellington boots are a good idea for wet weather as we let the children play outdoors all year long. We have 2 outdoor covered areas.
Most of our toddlers like to bring their breakfast to nursery and a nursery nurse will prepare their breakfast -porridge, toast, crumpets- and will sit with them whilst they eat with their friends. A healthy snack is provided at 10:00am, lunch at 12:00pm, a fruit bowl selection at 2:00pm and tea at 4:00pm. Most of our toddler aged children still like to sleep after lunch and we provide snooze mats in the room. If your child chooses not to sleep he or she will join either the beanies or pre-school rooms for a short period of time so that tired children can sleep.
The children play spontaneously or join activities that are offered by nursery staff. Sometimes the toddler children join up with our pre-school children for activities such as fun-fit or music and dance activities. On quiet days (not that we have many) the toddlers and pre-school children have free-flow into each other’s rooms, this gives them further play opportunities and more choices.
Age range – 3 to 5 years
We strive to make the pre-school room a fun, safe and comfortable environment for your child, providing rich learning experiences through play. By the age of 3 most children are able to play for extended periods of time and are usually ready to be introduced to more structured activities. Some of the activities offered will help them to prepare for school such as story time, registration, and our letters and sounds programme. Children are offered adult-led activities but they are still encouraged to select resources and toys that interest them the most and choose the kind of day that they want. From time to time children can have the added responsibility of looking after any animals when we have them such as guinea pigs or fish.
An example of the activities offered include:
- Name recognition, alphabet games and mark making
- Puzzles and problem solving
- Creative and expressive art
- Playground/circle games
- Bug hunts
- Puppets and understanding emotions, feelings and learning to share
- Contributions to their own learning journeys (scrap books that detail their experiences, milestones and fun during their stay at Sticky Fingers)
Children can also continue with sensory play, painting, model making, sand a water play, music and singing as this all forms an integral part of nursery life.
The pre-school room has a large home corner to so that larger groups of children can role-play which promotes language development, sharing skills and imaginative play. We also have a cosy book corner, which is used by the children for group story times as well as individual reading and quiet times.
Along with a structured learning and development programme, we ensure that the natural urge to play and socialise is fulfilled along with the importance of physical exercise.
We offer the children in the pre-school room greater opportunities to become independent, helping themselves to snacks and meals so that they learn about portion sizes and how to share, they additionally have free access to the garden space. Children are actively encouraged to say what they would like to do and which toys to play with – giving them the opportunity to make decisions for themselves and follow their own personal interests.
Our flexible pre-school day is centered around a healthy snack at 10:00am, lunch at 12:00pm, fruit bowl selection at 2:00pm and tea at 4:00pm. Other than these times children play freely indoors or outdoors with toys of their choice.