Rooms at Higher Blackley
Our baby room is registered to provide care for up to 18 children aged 4months to 2yrs of age. Our dedicated and committed staff have a holistic approach to caring for the babies in our care, following their individual routines and providing them with a stimulating, sensory learning environment in which their can develop and reach their full potential.
We work within the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, with each baby having their own key carer, who forms a close bond with both the child and parents ensuring continuity of care between nursery and home. In the Baby Room, we begin to introduce creative activities through sensory exploration which include creative activities of all different kinds, water and sand play, play-dough, baking and sticking using different materials.
We have a beautiful black and white area that helps young babies eye sight to develop more effectively, this is provisioned with lots of heuristic and open ended materials to help stimulate their curiosity and engage them in play.
The babies have their own sheltered garden which they can freely access through a door in the room. As the children grow they can access the larger garden with the older children and their keycarer.
Our 30-place foundation room caters for children aged 2 years to school age. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum providing a secure, caring, warm and stimulating learning environment in which children learn through play and discovery.
The 6 key-carers based in this room have an outstanding understanding of child development and will plan activities tailored to the children’s interests and individual learning needs. Teaching and learning takes place both in small key group activities and through the children’s play (Child initiated learning). Our Early Years Teacher Liz and the Foundation room team help children to become school ready through early phonics, maths and literacy activities and all the staff promote children’s self-help skills encouraging them to put on their owns coats etc.
We support all aspects of children’s development so that they can reach their full potential through thoughtfully provisioned areas matching skills to need. The room is a large space for the children to move around in, as young children learn and remember things by taking experiences in through all their senses as they move. The outdoor space is continuously accessible from this room allowing the children to move freely between the two environments meeting their developmental needs and current interests.
The garden is a large space with areas for all children to learn and develop, this includes a well resourced mud kitchen that promotes all areas of children development, A stage area that the children use to role play and develop key speach and socail skills, A bike track for gross motor development, A sensory garden to help children learn about the natural world and how to look after it, a huge climb in sand tray that helps children’s physical and maths skills. This area is a valuble resource to the staff and children and they access this throughout the year regardless of the weather.
The Tweenie room is registered for 24 children aged 2 years old term time only. The room is arranged for the children to have free access to all areas. All furniture and resources are at the child’s level for easy access and the children have free choice throughout the day as well as adult focused activities that each keycarer plans in line with each childs personal next steps in learning.
There is a role play and home corner area for the children to get into character and let their imaginations run free. The small world and construction area has a variety of resources including small and large bricks, popoids, animals, people and environmental pieces. This allows the children to use small and gross motor skills & develop their language as they make up stories and use the resources to act them out.
The creative area allows the children’s creative side to come out and express how they are feeling through pictures and models. The outside area is accessible always throughout the day to the children and they can climb, play circle games, run, ride bikes, dance and go on mini beast hunts.
The staff role model hygiene and routine to the children throughout the day. They sit with the children at mealtimes to eat their nutritional 2 course lunch and make mealtimes a happy and social occasion they also teach the children using a range of activities that are tailored and differentiated to meet their individual needs enabling the children to make good progress in their learning.
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