A typical day in the baby room
|08.00 to 09.00||Children arrive and staff and parents chat about anything that is relevant to the day.|
|09.00 to 09.45||Planned activity time / key person group activities|
|09.45 to 10.00||Snack and drink time|
|10.00 to 11.30||Routine nappy change then outside play|
|11.30 to 11.45||Tidy up time / quiet time|
|11.45||Lunchtime routine nappy change|
|12.15 to 14.30||Sleep time or child initiated activities|
|14.30 to 15.00||Juice / bottle & snack time and routine nappy change|
|15.00 to 15.30||Outside play|
|15.30 to 16.15||Free play|
|16.30 to 18.00||Routine nappy check. Late afternoon teatime , then home time with time to chat to parents about their day.|
This represents a typical type of day in our baby room. The routine nappy changes are the minimum times that we would change the children. We always change wet or soiled nappies as soon as possible to avoid discomfort and soreness.
The activities are planned by the room supervisor alongside ideas from the rest of the staff and usually follow on from observations . We strive to give the under two’s a wide variety of things to do which will not only occupy them and interest them but will further their development and help them to learn about the world around them.
Activities can include painting, not only with brushes but also using fingers, toes, or sponge shapes. We often use “gloop” which is a harmless combination of water and cornflour but very tactile and interesting as it dries. We can use play dough that we have made ourselves, and toothpaste on brushes make great pictures especially on black card. We have fun with shredded paper or our ball pool, our treasure basket or water tray. There is a wide variety of activities on offer and we aim to expose the children to as many as we can to aid their learning process.
During their time in this room the children will be observed, photographs taken and work kept for their profiles. This evidence all builds up to form a picture of their development through the nursery and forms a basis for their foundation stage profile which is ongoing through their pre-school life. This file can be seen at any time and discussed with your child’s key worker at any time.
During lunch time your child will be given the food that you have provided and prepared as you wish. Every encouragement will be made to enable them to feed themselves but help is always on hand for those who can’t manage. It is a social time and the children will be seated in high chairs safely strapped in or on our small purpose built chairs at our matching table.
Our outside area is extensive and has many areas for your child to explore. The main area immediately outside the door is covered in a 90cm impact surface so if your child falls they are unlikely to sustain serious injury. The covering also means that it is much softer and drier for the crawlers amongst the group to be able to explore without hurting their knees and hands on hard surfaces. Other areas include a covered sandpit which is always popular, a wooded area, and a large lawned area for bigger play activities.
When children wish to sleep they will be provided with a full sized cot, their own bed linen and blanket (which we will launder on a regular basis) and monitored every 15 minutes. The sleep room is an area attached directly to the main room so they can be easily reached once awake. For those children who do not feel comfortable sleeping in a cot then we have a selection of travel cots, pushchairs or low level beds that we can use if they feel more secure.
When you come to collect your child there will be time to chat with the staff about your child’s day as well as a brief resume in their “daily diary”. This diary goes to and from nursery to home, and it is an ideal place to jot down notes that may be useful for our staff to be aware of as well as a brief insight into what their day at nursery has been like.