At Little Steps, the children explore a wide variety of challenging, exciting and appropriately resourced learning environments in different areas throughout the nursery.
The Baby Room. There is a separate area for our babies – the Ladybirds. This is a bright and spacious room with soft flooring which has been carefully considered to provide a stimulating environment full of learning opportunities. This room looks out onto the allotment and is also used as our quiet sleep room after lunch. It is attached to a separate play room where the ladybirds can enjoy messy play and other creative activities. This is also where our babies sit to have their meals together at the table with a carer sitting close by to offer help with feeding.
The Play Place is at the heart of the nursery. It is a large room with a comfy sofa and book corner where children can relax for a story. There are storage units full of accessible resources which are changed regularly in accordance with the children’s interests and topics/themes.
The Conservatory. This leads on from the play place and has doors which can be kept open or closed off to create two separate rooms. The conservatory is where the children sit at the tables to eat their meals. The tables also provide a place for table top activities, games, mark making and creative activities. This room looks out on to our large mature garden.
The Studio. From the conservatory there is a separate room which we call the studio. This room is all about nurturing and fostering creativity so specifically caters for all kinds of creative activities. The resources, tools and mark making equipment are made easily accessible allowing the children to make their own independent choices which are recognized as an important part of the early year’s curriculum.
The Loft Room. The Loft Room is centered on the children’s imagination with a double storey purpose built wooden loft. Here the children have access to a wide range of imaginative resources such as dressing up, buggies and dolls and where the loft can be changed into role play areas that have included a veterinary practice, hospital, shop, hairdresser, dens and home corner.
The Garden. Our mature gardens offer the children a lawn area, the opportunity to freely explore secret pathways, fruit trees and an allotment where the children experience planting, cultivating and harvesting fruit and vegetable to prepare and eat. There is also a digging area for the children to use where they can hut for bugs and worms! They can enjoy a wide selection of outdoor equipment such as climbing apparatus bikes and trikes, bats and balls and balancing apparatus. A large sandpit is available for the children to use during the summer months when we also plan art and craft and construction activities outside.
Spending time outdoors plays an important role in the children’s learning and development and we always ensure that they get plenty of opportunities to enjoy the freedom of being outside. We have allocated covered areas to enable the children to play outside which offer protection from the sun and rain.
Our gardener comes into the nursery regularly to maintain it and check that all the plants are safe and cared for.
Pre-school.The pre-school children have their own area upstairs. It is here that they benefit from a large play room and landing which comprises of different areas for play and learning. They have a wide variety of resources to enhance their development and skills.