Rooms at Ancoats
Our baby room provides care for 18 babies children aged from 4 months to 2 years. When at our full capacity, there will be 6 members of staff for an adult : child ratio of 1 : 3.
Upon walking into the baby room you will find a large area where the babies can explore and develop their fine motor skills by accessing the sand and water area. There is a small home corner where they can use their imagination and learn about their senses around them. There is a large round low creative table where the babies can sit and explore a variety of malleable and messy activities. All resources in this room are low level and easily accessible for all the babies.
From the room comes a small quiet book and hand puppets area where the babies can sit together and explore the touch and feel books, next to the area is a small world construction area with a variety of resources from small trucks to light up sensory balls.
The room then goes into our heuristic sensory play where there is soft furnishing and natural fabric for the children to sit on whilst exploring the treasure baskets and natural resources from pinecones, tree blocks and shakers. There are mood lighting to stimulate the babies whilst they are in the sensory centre and natural mobiles hanging from the ceiling.
The high contrast area consists of black and white stimulating resources alongside mirrored resources. There are variety of black and white mobiles hanging from the ceiling along with material, we find this area is an effective way to stimulate the babies vision and gross motor skills. New-borns can see from birth, just not as clearly as an older child or adults. Studies have shown babies will respond best to bold, contrasting colours and graphics. We find the high contrast colours will captivate and hold baby’s attention, encouraging visual development as well as physical activity like wiggling, kicking, and arm waving.
The tweenie room caters for 30 children aged 2-3 years of age. The area is open planned and set out into areas. There is a large small world and construction area where the children can explore their imagination skills building and role playing on the large interactive train track. There is a season interactive table with natural objects for the children to explore.
There is a cosy book area where children can freely sit and read books or relax; puppets and story sacks are also there to support the stories through visualisation. There is a role play area set out into a home corner with fresh fruit and vegetables for the children to use their senses to explore, Dolls and a dressing unit promotes imagination and role play.
There is a large wooden exploration climbing frame for the children to take risk and develop their gross motor skills through climbing the steps to walking down the ramp and sliding down the slide, this is supported with wonderful soft play pieces.
There is a sand and water area where the children can develop their hand eye co-ordination through tipping and pouring, digging learning new concepts of wet and dry. This area is decorated with large under the sea pictures, hanging mobiles.
There is a large creative area where the children can express their creativity through mark making, taking part in malleable and messy play. The children develop their senses and interest through exploring a variety of activities from shaving foam, to scented playdough. Children also learn to take calculated risks by using scissors with support.
The preschool room caters for 24 children from 3-5years.The area has an open space and each area is defined. Upon entering the room there is a maths and ICT area for the children to learn problem solving skills, use of operating the computer and completing simple tasks on them.
There is a book area where the children can sit at their own leisure and read a story by themselves or with friends, prop boxes are in place to support this time. There is a role play area where the preschool can develop their imagination though role modelling in the kitchen and a wide selection of dressing up clothes from multi-cultural to people who help us.
There is a small world, construction area where the children can extend their learning and challenge themselves by making different structures, learning new concepts, how things work. This is joined with the Investigation area, this is where the children can develop their need for exploration and talk about the equipment they are using.
There is a large artist area where the children can freely express themselves, mark make, mixing colours and learning how to make different colours. There is an outdoor classroom where children can go outside and read stories, play with small world and jigsaws role play in the builders area.
Myself and my husband are very pleased with the care given to my daughter. She has settled in very well and we have seen a huge difference in her since she has joined Tiddlywinks. She is so much happier coming t nursery now and playing with Emma.