Our baby room caters for children aged from 3 months to 2 years. The versatility of the room allows for both a bright and stimulating environment to be created in contrast to a calm and relaxing atmosphere, both of which will occur in a typical day in the baby room.
Our high staff to child ratio combined with our key person system ensures that each child’s care plan and routine is individual and specific to them and their needs. We achieve this through the strong links and positive relationships which are developed and maintained throughout a child’s time with us (and often beyond); this ensures that cultural, religious and ethical beliefs and requirements are also observed and adhered to.
The journey of learning begins in the baby room and this is achieved through play – all activities are planned to give babies and toddlers the opportunity to explore and discover the world around them. Each new day will bring fresh challenges and experiences and the opportunity to enhance their natural inquisitiveness and curiosity.
Our nursery caters for children aged from 2 – 5 years – we provide a wide range of experiences with an emphasis on social skills and language development, including role play, den making, and small group activities, encouraging children to play, talk and learn together. We have a wide range of toys and equipment, which encourage natural curiosity and stimulate imagination and exploration and a quiet, cosy area, where children can select interactive puppets and sit and read a book.
Messy activities include painting, sticking, and arts and crafts. The daily use of materials including sand and water gives children the opportunity to communicate with each other and learn new language as well as develop their social, physical and creative skills. Activities such as baking and the making of playdough encourage simple mathematical concepts and problem solving skills.
At Treetops, we provide activities that gently encourage our pre-school children to become independent, such as serving themselves at meal times, washing hands, and taking off their own coats and hanging them up. Our nursery staff all act as role models within the setting, and recognise that children learn by example – good manners, common courtesy, respect and patience are demonstrated at all times throughout the day.
Outdoor play is vital to children’s health and well-being – our spacious outdoor play area offers plenty of opportunities to observe, explore and become fascinated by the outside world. We offer a free-flow environment – this involves children having the opportunity to access the outdoor and indoor areas throughout the day. We have a wide range of equipment including climbing frames, balancing beams, sound platforms, cars and bikes as well as resources which reflect the children’s interests and activities that are similar to those indoors.
We believe that children who begin their early years in a happy, caring, stimulating environment which is vibrant, purposeful and supportive are offered the best chance of developing into confident, happy successful life-long learners.
All activities and experiences provided for our children are supported by the Early Years Foundation Stage and are adapted to the individual needs and interests of the children; key people monitor the children’s well being and developmental progress. We provide a high ratio of staff to children enabling staff to give individual attention.
Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) places great emphasis on children’s individual learning and development; at Treetops we are able to create quality learning experiences through the use of innovative, challenging resources and well-planned indoor and outdoor provision.
We have fully implemented the Early Years Foundation Stage to a very high standard in order to provide a caring, safe and stimulating environment where children learn to co-operate and communicate with others, initiate ideas, share, explore, investigate and discover.
Baby room and nursery staff, carry out regular observations of each child, ensuring that learning experiences provided in nursery incorporates their interests and needs. These observations cover all areas of development according to the EYFS, as well as records of special times and spontaneous moments, which capture your child’s response to certain activities and events. Your child’s experiences are recorded in their unique profile, enabling you to look over your child’s time at nursery for years to come. To find out more please visit the The Department for Education – Early Years Foundation Stage.
Parents and Carers are very highly valued within our setting – we understand that your child is very special to you and you are the experts on the childcare you require.
We believe that childcare must be viewed as a true partnership, so our caring, fully qualified staff will liaise closely with you to ensure your requirements are met.
Please feel free to visit or telephone at any time to discuss any aspect of your child’s development.
You are more than welcome to participate in the fun events that take place during the year e.g. Teddy Bears Picnic, Christmas party, Nativity and annual fun days.
We aim to develop a strong, open, honest relationship with you, where your ideas, knowledge and expertise will be embraced.
The Role of the Key Person
We believe that children settle best when they have a key person to relate to – each child is allocated a key person who works closely with them and their family and ensures individual care and attention. The key person will ensure that activities and care offered at the nursery are tailored to the unique needs of each individual child so that all children are supported in reaching their full potential.
The Key Person will develop a relationship with you and your child, enabling him / her to discover your child’s individual interests and needs.
She / he will respond sensitively to their feelings, ideas and behaviour, offering security, reassurance and continuity, understanding your child’s individual needs and share information with you about your child’s experiences in nursery.
The Key Person will help each of their children to develop relationships with other members of staff and children. They will observe them in their play so that they can plan future opportunities and experiences that best meet their needs and interests.
We believe that children settle best when they have a key person to relate to – – the key person will develop a relationship with you and your child, discover their needs and interests, and child’s development to ensure that they grow up in a positive environment and have the support that they require in their early years.
The key person plays an important role in encouraging children to learn how to be independent and respond sensitively to the feelings, ideas and behaviour of the children in their care. They will take the time to talk with parents / carers and make sure that each child is given appropriate care.
Each child is allocated a key person who works closely with them and their family and ensures individual care and attention. The key person will ensure that activities and care offered at the nursery are tailored to the unique needs of each individual child so that all children are supported in reaching their full potential.
We regard snack and mealtimes as an important part of the day. Eating represents a social time for children and adults and helps children to learn about healthy eating. Nutritious meals are offered to our children and all food is prepared on the premises. Menus are planned in advance and a five week menu is displayed in the entrance hall.
A two course well-balanced lunch is provided mid-day, with healthy snacks being provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and tea served late afternoon. We cater for each child’s individual dietary needs.