Upper Horfield Children's Centre
Nursery (Family Support & Primary Holiday Club)
Our youngest children are still in a phase of exploring with their hands and mouths. They are using their senses to learn, listening for new sounds, looking for attractive bright objects, feeling the textures of things with their tongue and hands and smelling everything that is around them. It is therefore extremely important that we provide them with the opportunities. There are a range of resources that are suitable to this age and a lot of things are heuristic and holistic. natural materials including wood, metal, sponge etc are all very interesting to our youngest children.
As children grow they will experience the repetition of the books and songs, which will help them in identifying feelings, friendships and the world around them.
There are plenty of opportunities in the small group time to discuss the weather, numbers, emotions and much more. It is never to early to learn but activities and resources must be appropriate.
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When it comes to feeding your child or arranging for them to sleep, we will be taking the lead from you. We will be asking you how, they sleep, what to look for and how to comfort them. When looking at their eating plan, we will ask you what they like and dislike, and for our youngest children, we will ensure they are fed when you say they need it.
When a child reaches two, they are on their way to finding independence and wanting to do things for themselves. Jellyfish allows children to explore and investigate their surroundings.
Gross motor skills are important, however the staff are working with them to develop the finer manipulation of grasping, holding, threading and picking.
At the end of this stage there is an emphasis on children being able to use the toilet, wash their hands and ask questions. It is important that children are able to express their emotions as they will be amongst characters that are confident and can easily make themselves heard. As the children are still very young, it is important that play is encouraged and routine is kept as they will want to know what is coming next. Tidy up time is key, the skills they will learn from cleaning up after themselves will support them in the future. Language and communication will begin to flourish and many parents report that children are picking up words that surprise them. Whilst children will have their own way of saying things such as 'ta' and 'doedoe', the staff will emphasise the word they are trying to say, to role-model for them to progress and develop their language skills.
Jellyfish room is a purposefully set out space for the youngest children. It has many areas that support the development of the babies and toddlers and there is plenty of space for them to explore and challenge themselves. We anticipate that the children in this room will need a lot of care and attention. Sleeping, feeding, calming and changing are all second nature to our experienced staff. Starting your child at nursery can be hard at any stage, but when they are so young, it can be even harder. The practitioners will try to reassure you as much as they can that everything will be all right and they will even call you when you have left to let you know that your child has settled down. Don't be surprised if this takes a couple of weeks - it is natural for children to miss their parents.