Rooms at Blackley
The baby room has space for 15 children aged from 4 months to 18 months and there are 5 members of staff for an adult:child ratio of 1:3. We have a non-mobile baby room decorated with natural fabrics and soft furnishings creating a calm and tranquil environment for the babies to explore, relax and rest. This room uses a variety of mood lighting to stimulate the babies visually while they use all of their senses to discover the world around them while developing their gross motor skills. We also have a black and white high contrast area which helps to stimulate the young babies as during their first few months of life they see in mostly grey shades. The high contrasting colours of the black and white area is an effective way to stimulate babies vision and gross motor skills.
The messy play room is divided into lots of play spaces: The sand and water area is a space where babies can investigate these resources by developing their fine and gross motor skills as they explore using all of their senses.
The creative area is a large space where the babies can enjoy messy play from full body exploration of messy materials to learning how to use tools and equipment to create colourful masterpieces.
There is also a soft play area for the children to develop their mobility and physical skills, small world and construction area for the children to develop their gross and fine motor skills and also a cosy book area where the children can listen to and join in with stories and circle time.
Each area is enhanced with the children’s special interests and to develop the babies in the different areas of the EYFS. We also focus on early reading, literacy and mathematics for babies.
There is a nappy changing area where children can have one to one time with their key carer and be changed in comfort, this is a small stimulating room with an under the sea theme.
Our Tweenie room is designed for children aged 18 months – 2.5 years. We can have 15 children a day with a staff team of 4 staff for a 1:4 ratio. All of the resources are stored low level at the child height for the children to access freely. There are two rooms seperated a carpet room and a messy room, the carpet room provides a space where children can relax with a book, use their imaginations to build and create in the construction and small world area and investigate everyday items and materials in the sensory area.
The home corner is a space where the children can express their thoughts and feelings using dressing up clothes and kitchen utensils, there is a variety of real multi cultral foods within the area. The children use this play space to act out their own experiences and develop their social skills with each other.
Our messy room consists of a sand and water area where the children can explore their senses and the textures continuing to develop their fine and gross motor skills as they fill containers, pour, dig and build.
The creative area is supplied with a variety of creative materials for the children to use from crayons, pencils and paints to marbling inks, clay and playdough. The children use these materials to create some fabulous artwork and models.
During this age children take a keen interest with their independence, we take this opportunity to encourage toilet training through the use of sticker charts, praise and lots of support and encouragement. There is a bright, warm and inviting bathroom for the children to achieve this important step in their development and staff will work in partnership to make it an enjoyable and successful time. Children learn about the importance of hygiene through routines of face washing, teethbrushing after meal times.
We have a wonderful fish tank that is positioned inbetween the 2 rooms. The fish tank provides a wonderful, relaxing environment and the children help to look after them and feed them learning about nature.
We follow the children’s special interests and enhance the environments to help the children progress in the learning and development. We look at all resources and adapt for the children to help achieve their learning objectives too.
The pre-school room has space for 32 children aged between 2.5-5 years and there are 6 staff for the 1:6 ratio. Independence is encouraged at this age so the children help with choosing, planning and setting up the activities. All resources are stored at the childrens level and they are free to access these at anytime throughout the day.
Within the pre-school there are lots of different areas for the children to access. We have a cosy book area for the children to explore and have quiet time if they wish. In this area, they can listen to different music, sounds and recordings in the listening area and a range of books and props for the children to read and join in with. This area is accompanied by cosy cushions and rugs to give it a nice, warm feeling for the children to relax. We do phonics and letters and sounds for our children helping them with their communication and language development.
Then we have a carpet area, where we do circletime, self registration, the weather board and other group time routines. The children also celebrate their ‘wow’ moments within the room, if they have done anything great or learnt something new they add a ‘wow’ moment on to our golden tree. We take pride in displaying childrens wonderful artwork so we have an ‘Outstanding Work’ display.
We also have a writing area for the children to practice their writing skills and recognising letters in their names and we display their fantastic work for everyone to see.
We have a sensory and exploration area for the children to investigate and this also includes mathematics, in which the children will organise, sort and categorise the different sensory items, putting them in order of size, shapes, colours and other groups.
In the messy area, the big space is seperated into different areas. We have a playdough station and concoction corner where the children can experiment in making their own play dough or other concoctions. We add spices, herbs and other textures for the children to explore. Then we have a creative area where the children can make their own pictures, create some fantastic artwork and explore different media and materials.
The sand and water area is very spacious allowing the children to build their own sandcastles, fill and empty containers and experimenting with different textures.
Then we have a fantastic home corner, which is open access and has elements of what you see in your own home, so children can understand the world around them. It has cultural foods and items from around the world and has plenty of cooking utensils, pans and cutlery. There is also a dressing up area for the children to explore and role play. This area allows the children to act out experiences they have seen at home and allow their imagination to run wild.
The construction and small world area has different resources for the children to develop their gross and fine motor skills. The children will be able to make their own models, build towers and experiment with different heuristic resources.
We enhance and adapt the rooms with the children’s special interests taking in to account the child’s voice and what they like to play with. This will then help with the children’s learning and development and progress with their learning objectives.
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