A Day with the Ladybirds
During your settling in sessions we will talk to you in detail about your baby’s routine to gain as much information as we can to help you and your baby settle. We plan a main focused activity in the morning and afternoon which is supported by a selection of stimulating and carefully considered activities and resources. Our planned activities are continually evaluated and adapted in accordance with the needs and interests of our babies at any given time. Our enabling environment is set up to encourage developing skills so as to aid independent and effective learners.
After having breakfast in the Baby Room we head off to the Baby Garden (our inside play room) to play with a variety of activities that cover all areas of development.
10.00 a.m. We have our snack in the Baby Room followed by our main focused carefully planned activity. This could be mark making, sand and water play, corn flour or shredded paper to name but a few. Child- initiated play relates to the babies individual interests which vary widely. For example, if you as a family have visited a farm recently, this may have enhanced your baby’s curiosity and interest in animals. We too like to follow this interest through and introduce into their play at nursery. This can be done in a variety of simple ways such as songs and stories about animals using props and instruments as well as using other resources such as farm animals and tractors to extend and enhance their interests and understanding.
The Ladybirds have their own time to explore our lovely and stimulating mature garden. Sometimes joining the Caterpillars (2-3 year olds). The outside area offers the chance for the babies to experience the space and freedom of the garden and choose to play with a variety of equipment such as the buggies and push along equipment as well as the ride-on toys and balls.
11.00 a.m. We have singing and story time before washing our hands and sitting down together for lunch at 11.15 a.m.
12.00 – 2.00 p.m. Sleep Time – The babies all have a sleep either in a cot or on a sleep mat with a comforter if needed.
2.00 p.m. When they wake up they enjoy a light snack followed by more fun activities just like those enjoyed in the morning.
3.30 p.m. Tea time. The babies are always supported and encouraged to be independent at meal and snack times, using spoons and forks and learning to wipe their hands and faces.