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Facilities


The Nursery is divided into three separate groups:

Baby Room (3 months – 1 year old).  The baby room is a small cosy room, where babies get close attention in a quiet and safe environment.  The room is designed to give a snug home from home feel. 

The required staffing ratio for children under 2 years of age is 1 member of staff per 3 babies/children. This ratio is always met and often exceeded. In addition, there is always at least 1 member of staff qualified to NVQ Level 3 or equivalent with at least two years experience in caring for babies and children under the age of two. The Baby Unit is self-contained, but the accommodation is flexible to allow the babies to have both quiet time and also to watch and enjoy the activities of the older children.



Up to the age of three your child will follow ‘birth to three matters framework’ which outlines key learning goals and milestones. This framework will be used by practitioners to track your child’s development. It does introduce a different language and a different way of thinking but as we help the babies in our care, develop into toddlers we can clearly see them develop into:

  • A Strong Child
  • A Skilful Communicator
  • A Competent Learner
  • A Healthy Child

Explorers Room (1yr old – 2 years).

The Explorers room is bright, stimulating and fun; there are plenty of activities and toys to keep your little one entertained all day.  Children have the freedom to move about and play in any area they choose.

We can care for up to twelve toddlers in this room. The required staffing ratio for children under 2 years of age is 1 member of staff per 3 children. These ratios are always met and often exceeded. The Toddler accommodation includes a spacious playroom, a reading / quiet area, a role play corner and a shared outdoor covered sand and wet area.

 Tumble tots (2 – 4 yrs old)

When your child is two years old, usually they move up to the top classroom. The nursery can accommodate 15 pre-schoolers in this room with the staffing ratio being 1 adult per 4 children for children aged three or under, increasing to 1 adult per 8 children aged three years or older.  This ratio is always met and often exceeded. There is a play area, reading / quiet area, a computer desk, a home corner, craft and drawing area and space for general play.  We follow the Foundation phase in this class.

The age groupings are flexible according to the needs and development of the individual children. Great care is taken to allow a gentle and sensitive transition from one group to another. This transition normally takes place over a period of several weeks.

The Early Years Foundation Phase…
In the pre-school unit the nursery follows the Early Years Foundation phase Curriculum (EYFP) which is aimed at children aged from 3 years up to 7 years old.
Having a detailed curriculum provides childcare professionals with the guidance to extend a child’s learning covering all areas of their development. There are seven areas of learning within the EYFP…

 

  • Kindergarten LogoPersonal, Emotional and Social Development
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Problem Solving Reasoning and Numeracy
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Welsh Language Development
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development

Treasure basket…
From birth children learn through experiences in their everyday environment. The opportunity to learn through experimentation and exploration is important to prepare for later, more formal learning. As soon as babies can sit comfortably and can grasp and handle objects, they can be given a Treasure Basket to play with. The baskets should contain a range of natural and everyday objects. The purposes of the collection are to offer maximum interest through the use of the five senses: touch, sight, sound, smell and taste. The babies gain rich sensory experiences through mouthing and handling the objects that they select, and show great curiosity and high levels of concentration.

Heuristic play…
is rooted in young children’s natural curiosity. As babies grow, they move beyond being content to simply feel and ponder objects, to wanting to find out what can be done with them. Toddlers have an urge to handle things: to gather, fill, dump, stack, knock down, select and manipulate in other ways. Household or kitchen utensils offer this kind of activity as every parent knows, and can occupy a child for surprising stretches of time. When toddlers make an enjoyable discovery; for instance when one item fits into another, or an interesting sound is produced they often repeat the action several times to test the result, which strengthens cognitive development as well as fine muscle control and hand/eye coordination.

Other types of play we encourage…
Free play… Imaginative play… Adult lead play… Role play… Group play…
Creative play… Social play & Quiet play.

Spontaneous play…
All planning of activities provided can be altered to meet the needs of the children at any moment e.g. we fully understand that children may want to play with the ‘messy corn-flour’ again and again rather than having a set period when it has to be tidied away. Children are spontaneous and we believe in following their interests and encouraging them to make choices.

Facilities

Your child’s Key-Person…
Your child will have their own key-person when they start nursery. The role of the key-person is to help settle both you and your child into the nursery to enable a smooth transition from your home to the nursery routine. The Key-person plays a lead role within the EYFP curriculum to plan activities to meet the individual needs of the children; each child has their own development profile and observations and achievements are recorded to show their development as a whole. All parents have free access to their child’s development profile and are encouraged to ‘add comments’ regarding achievements. The Key-person is also there to provide support and advice to parents and carers regarding all areas of your child’s well-being and to develop secure positive relationships with the children they care for.
We accept all children and respect them all as precious individuals, regardless of gender, race, religion, disability or culture. We believe it is important that the children have the chance to build warm and loving relationships with their carers and to be comfortable in the Nursery environment. For this reason, we have a minimum attendance requirement of 2 sessions per week. 

The Great Outdoors
Key to enhancing children’s learning opportunities is to provide them with the correct provision.  Camau Tirion is blessed with a safe, sunny and stimulating outdoor area with plenty to see and do.  All children love the great outdoors and the natural exploratory opportunities that present themselves. 

All classrooms have external doors leading out to the safe, enclosed and well staffed play area.  Children are encouraged to help out with planting, nurturing and picking the fruits of their labour.  As well as bird watching, nature trails, composting and recycling.Quote

 

 

 

 

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