Our nursery team ensure that all children feel included, secure and valued. We help build positive relationships with parents in order to work effectively with them and their children.
The Baby/ Under Two’s room is catered for children between the ages of three months and two years. The room is specifically designed so that the children feel they have the comforts from home with staff providing individual routine for each baby/child also making sure they can explore their environment safely and play happily.
The babies/Under Two’s room is equipped with a vast array of first stage toys. These are rotated regularly to ensure the continuous development of the children.
The soft area for Story telling and song/ music time is also a vital part of the day. As with the infants and Pre-School children, the Babies/ Under Two’s have a variety of ‘messy play’ activities that they are encouraged to participate in. This includes painting, sensory play, sand, water gluing and sticking and lots more.
Babies/under twos also have access to the out door play area were they can go and explore.
It is critically important during the early years for young children to have a wide range of experiences. Our qualified staff work alongside the children to ensure that this happens.
Infants and preschool play happily along side each other. There are plenty of opportunities for the infant children to rest and sleep if needed, but there’s a wider range of activities available throughout the day. These include painting, sand, water, play dough, chalking, gluing and cutting, construction, small world, jigsaws/ puzzles, books, dancing, outside play and much, much more …
Free flow play is a very important factor; the children have the option of playing indoors or outdoors with a wide range of activities going on through out the day. Our qualified and experienced team of staff work alongside the children to ensure that their day is full of fun and happiness.
When you feel that the time is right to start the process of potty training with your child, it is our aim to work alongside you.
We will encourage your child to go on the potty/toilet at toilet/nappy changing times. Children already in pants will also be encouraged to use these facilities during their play. Staff will be on hand to assist your child and we do reward success on the potty/toilet.
We have found that children are keen to copy their friends, particularly the older Pre-school children. Nursery provides you with the ideal opportunity to reinforce the use of the potty/toilet.
All we ask is that you provide the nursery with ample changes of clothes and a little bit of patience.
Settling In Your Child/Children
Leaving the security and comfort of the family home and coming to a busy nursery can be a very testing time for many children and their parents / carers. Hamond house can arrange for a suitable settling in period, which is designed to meet the individual needs of each child.
Once you have confirmed your acceptance and a holding fee has been received for your child. The nursery will offer the opportunity for your child to have two taster sessions free of charge, which will last between 2 or 3 hours. It is recommended that during the first half of their first taster session you stay with your child to discuss any routines, needs or requirements that they may need during their time at nursery. The second visit we advise parents to try leave the child for one hour with their key worker calls can be made at any time to check on your child. It will also give them an opportunity to familiarize and to adapt to their new surroundings.
During the settling in period with your child you can take small steps back allowing your child to find their own feet. Whilst you are with your child the child’s assigned key person will spend time getting to know you and your child.
You can decide whichever plan suits you best.
If more visits are needed this can be arranged.
Every child is different; some settle quickly, others may need more time to get used to the changes, but a slow and relaxed introduction into nursery life will be time well spent.
At Hamond House Day Nursery, we will:
- Ensure all children are treated as individuals. Provide a safe and caring environment.
- Work in partnership with parents / carers in order to meet every child’s individual needs.
- Ensure that a warm, secure and caring relationship is maintained between all of our staff and the children in their care.
- Provide consistent emotional care. Give each child the time, space and opportunities to develop confidence, self-esteem and independence.