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Baby Care

Babies also have a variety of books to look at during the day, and will be involved with all kinds of different play and experiences to enhance their development. We also take the babies out to play in the garden at least twice a day depending on the weather.

We care for up to nine babies aged 0-2 years with a ratio of 1;3. Each baby is cared for by the same staff to ensure positive relationships are being built to make it a home from home environment.

We strive to care for each baby as an individual and follow home routines during the day to ensure a smooth transition from home to nursery care.

Each baby will be provided with a daily record book for staff to fill in each day about what they have done i.e. meals, fluid, sleeps etc. The babies will be involved in a variety of activities including:

  • Messy play (playdoh, pasta, jelly, shaving foam)
  • Painting including mark making
  • Heuristic play
  • Investigatory play
  • Role-play
  • Sand play
  • Water play
  • Baking
  • Singing and rhymes

Babies also have a variety of books to look at during the day, and will be involved with all kinds of different play and experiences to enhance their development.

We also take the babies out to play in the garden at least twice a day depending on the weather.

Toddler Care

Babies also have a variety of books to look at during the day, and will be involved with all kinds of different play and experiences to enhance their development. We also take the babies out to play in the garden at least twice a day depending on the weather.

We care for 16 toddlers aged 2-3 years with a staff ratio of 1;4, the children have access to 2 rooms during the day, within the toddler rooms they still have individual routines and are cared for according to these. The toddlers will also have individual record books for staff to record all about their day. The toddlers are encouraged to go to the bathroom with staff to learn about personal hygiene i.e. washing their hands before and after meals etc.  When you feel your child is ready we will also start the potty training process within this room.

There are 10 areas of provision set out for the toddlers during the day, which are:

  • Sand
  • Water
  • Painting
  • Mark making
  • Book area
  • Construction
  • Small world
  • Malleable
  • Role-play
  • Workshop

These areas are then enhanced with other resources depending on each child’s individual interests and developmental needs.

The toddler children will also be able to use the outdoor play area during the day.

Pre-School Care

We care for up to 16 children aged 3-5 years with a staff ratio of 1;8. The children in the preschool room have more structure to the nursery day to ensure they are building their independence for going to school.

We currently have two pre-school rooms in which 10 areas of learning take place.

  • Sand: Children play with wet and dry sand, a variety of small world play and a selection of appropriate tools.
  • Water: Water is made fun and exciting by adding glitter, making it different colours, small world play, bubbles
  • Workshop: This is where we have fun with glue, cutting, sticking and creating junk models
  • Role-play: we can let our imagination run wild, we can be anything we want! Children are also provided with day to day familiar objects and dressing up.
  • Malleable: we are able to explore and get messy! Children have the opportunity to explore with natural materials, treasure baskets, magnets, shaving foam, spaghetti, mushy peas, clay, play-doh, gloop and lots more!
  • Small world: Children can play with a selection of small world sets and expand their imagination and play alongside or with their friends.
  • Construction: Children can build trucks, helicopters etc with the mobilo, build the tallest tower or a house with the duplo.
  • Quiet area: Children can come to sit and look or listen to a selection of brightly coloured and illustrated stories, whilst resting somewhere comfortable and cosy.
  • Computer: Children have access to ICT equipment and can play on a selection of age appropriate learning games that develop maths, English but also teaching them to use the computer functions independently.
  • Mark Making: Children can express themselves through their early writing, learning to recognise their name and letters. Attempting the first stages of writing is learning about making marks for a reason.
  • Painting: Children are able to express themselves creatively on a large or small scale, putting their ideas, feelings and favourite things into a picture. Children can also explore with materials learning that we paint even without a paintbrush!

Children are introduced to try new things in a fun and relaxed way ensuring that learning really does take place. During all this fun and excitement we will also have time to have outdoor play!

Ts&Cs

Accident and Sickness

Any child who has any contagious illness will not be able to attend nursery until fully recovered, this includes any discharge from the eyes, ears or nose also sickness and diarrhoea. Children must be kept off nursery until they have been 48 hours symptom free in the case off sickness or diarrhoea. (There may be occasions when this could be changed to 72hours)

If your child becomes ill whilst at nursery you will be contacted and if we feel the child needs to be at home we will ask you to come and collect them, they will be made comfortable until you arrive.

If your child has an accident while at nursery it will be recorded in the accident book and checked and signed by the manager/deputy you will also be asked to sign it when you collect your child.

If your child has a more serious accident and requires urgent medical advice or treatment we will take them and contact you to meet us there.

Medication

If your child requires medication while at nursery you will be asked to fill out a medication form enabling us to administer the medicine.

No medication can be administered without a form being signed.

Sun Protection

We will ask you to provide sunhats and cream during the summer months for your child’s protection.

Hygiene

We do not require children to be potty trained at Sarah’s Ark but when you feel your child is ready to start please feel free to discuss it with a member of staff in your child’s room. If your child is in nappies you will need to supply them along with wipes and they will be kept in your child’s own drawer in the changing room.

We have a no shoe policy in nursery to ensure the floors are kept clean for the children so we ask that each child has a pair of slippers to wear whilst in nursery.

Clothing and Personal Property

We would ask that all children have at least one spare change of clothing in case accidents occur. If your child is potty training you may need to bring more than one set of clothing. Please ensure that all clothing is clearly labelled.

Parking

Please use the designated area for parking/dropping off. Parking at Sarah’s Ark is entirely at your own risk and we cannot accept any responsibility for injury loss or damage to either property or vehicles whilst on the car park. You should lock your car and bring any valuables in with you. Your child is your responsibility once you have collected them from us. Please drive carefully in and out of the car park, following the arrows on the golf club car park.

Safety

The doors on the nursery are secured with coded locks. You must ring the bell for access to the nursery. Only parents or persons designated by parents may collect children. If someone other than the regular person is to come and collect your child please inform the nursery manager.

Settling In Period

We believe that a settling in period is best for you and your child before he/she starts, as it will let them get to know the staff and new surroundings we suggest that you bring your child for 2 one hour sessions the week before your child is due to start.

Leaving Nursery

You must give four weeks written notice if you wish to cancel your child’s place.

Mealtimes

We cook and prepare all home cooked food for the children at nursery for the children, fresh produce is used where possible and preservatives and colourings are avoided. If your child has any special dietary requirements i.e. allergies you should discuss this with us, and we will provide a suitable replacement. The menu is run in a three-week cycle a typical menu is,

Monday

Shepherds pie and veg

Strawberries and Ice cream

Tuesday

Tuna and sweetcorn pasta bake

Jelly

Wednesday

Chicken Korma and Naan bread

Fruity yoghurt

Thursday

Chilli con carne and rice

Apple and pear sponge and custard

Friday

Meatballs and veg with spaghetti

Banana mousse and chopped bananas

We provide breakfast for the children of cereal, toast and a drink. Snacks are provided for mid-morning and  mid-afternoon a light tea is also served.

Formula milk and baby food is not provided by the nursery and should be brought in by the parents. If you want your baby to have our menu it can be blended depending upon the age/stage of development of the child.

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