The nursery will operate from four rooms; a baby room (0-1years), an infant room (1-2 years), a toddler room (2-3 years) and a pre-school room (3-5 years). This therefore means the needs of each individual child is being addressed and catered for. It is important that each age band of children has their own space to learn and develop as children of all ages will be learning different things.
Each room will consist of pathways for children to browse their environment at their own leisure however carefully designed by us to ensure that when a child is browsing their environment they are still learning within every area of the room. The areas will consist of reading, understanding the world (role play and imagination), expressive arts and design, construction to further support their imagination, mathematics, and writing. Each area of development will adopt an open-ended learning style therefore the resources will be natural and encourage children to use their imagination at every stage.
Each child is unique and learns in their own way therefore daily planning will take place and specific next steps obtained to further each child’s development. At young age children may start to develop a schematic style of learning and this will be identified through continuous observation and then planned for to enhance their development.
The layout, resources and atmosphere of the nursery will be natural and pale with colour to ensure that the children are not over stimulated with the colours and use the resources, their imagination and equipment to create stimulation for their development. Children need a routine driven calming environment to learn and develop at a safe rate.
The baby room and Infant room will primarily be based on interacting and stimulating children through their senses and exploration of their environment. The importance of a secure attachment and bond with all children is key, however it is much more prominent with babies as they are learning the skill of forming bonds with others and learning how to deal with their current emotions and environment without their primary caregiver. The baby room will have a sensory area specifically designed to cater for their sensory needs. This area in the baby room will also include black and white resources to stimulate their developing brain and eye sight. Babies require nurturing and love at a very young age for their brains to create pathways, connections and grow. It is important this is enhanced at the earliest possible stage as connection can be lost past the age of five therefore hindering the brain to develop.
The infant room consists of ages from 1-2 years old however the stage of a child's development is taken into consideration. If a child is not confident enough to move through into the infant room the baby room this is addressed and likewise if they are ready before the age of 1. The child's key person will work very closely with each individual child and their parents during transition periods into the next room.
In the infant room the resources and layout is slightly different to that of the baby room as it enables the infants to access their environment freely and independently. There is a sensory element within the room in order to stimulate the brain and provide a heuristic, sensory experience. The infant room will also consist of a climbing frame to further support their early physical development of walking and being confident on their feet.
Normally and typically at the age of infants children can develop schemas (this can also be developed at all ages). Schemas are a repeated pattern of behaviour and indicate a preferred learning style for that particular child. Each key person will use this information to provide tailored planning for the child. The room layout takes careful consideration of schematic behaviours and invites each child to express themselves in a calm, yet exciting space.
The toddler children will be developing their independence, and this will continue with toilet training which will be encouraged through praise and constant reassurance. Every age is unique and important however the 2-year-old age is quite special. It is important that 2-year olds have their own space as they will be learning and trying to comprehend confusing emotions of the ability to share and reason with others as well as understanding how to empathise with another child and realising that not everything is theirs.
The pre-school room starts from ages 3-5 years old. Within the pre-school a lot of focus Is placed on school readiness in order to ensure children are confident and ready to start school. Activities and teaching around school readiness consist of encouraging children to be independent, toileting themselves, serving their own meals, being able to socialise with others and expressing their own imagination. Children's happiness and their ability to learn through play is paramount and all children within the pre-school room will have the opportunity to learn through play and develop their own style of learning.