Our baby units offer a safe, caring environment and are filled with bright, soft toys and sensory equipment to encourage development. Babies’ senses will be stimulated by our black, white and red areas and by participating in water play, music and singing and a variety of tactile/messy play. A large part of their day will be spent cuddling and interacting with the caring nursery staff to strengthen those all-important attachments.
We aim to follow the home routines of each baby in our care, which include feeding habits, sleep patterns and any other specific needs.
The baby unit has a separate sleep area and nappy changing facilities. A daily written report is provided, consisting of such information as, feeds, nappy changes and sleep times.
For this age group, the day becomes more structured, and is split between free play and more organised adult-led activities. The activities are designed to help children to develop their social skills such as independence and co-operation, also language and intellectual skills.
At St George’s we take a balanced approach allowing a degree of freedom and free-play. We encourage activities such as painting, drawing, sand and water play, craftwork, cooking, music and movement, singing and nature study to help the children to express themselves.
We provide a music and movement programme of creative and inspiring pre-school dance classes that can be adapted to all abilities. Participation in this programme stimulates the imagination, gives children a head start in encountering new physical and emotional experiences and in developing social interaction.
We work with parents to help the children with toilet training and personal hygiene such as the importance of washing hands and brushing teeth after lunch. There is a time to rest for those children who need a nap or just a quiet period after lunch. When your child turns two, the key person carries out a development check and this assessment will look at the 3 prime areas of learning. This check will identify if any additional support is needed and you should share this with your child’s health visitor when they go for their check.
A child’s cognitive development is greatest before the age of six and, it is therefore important that, favourable conditions are offered and emphasized during these impressionable years. As the child moves through the group rooms, to the pre-school, they experience a wide variety of activities helping to prepare them for their move to school.
Children are introduced to more formal activities such as reading, writing, and mathematics. They are encouraged to use and have fun with computers. The children also enjoy extra-curricular dance lessons and sports lessons, which help develop their balance and co-ordination whilst ensuring they get regular activity for a healthy body and mind.
Our nurseries work on building strong links with local schools to enable your child to make an easier transition into the school environment. School teachers will come into the nursery to spend time with your child before they make that all important transition to big school.
In this room, the foundations for future learning are formed, by encouraging children to develop a positive attitude towards learning and independence. This enables children to confidently approach a major change in their lives when starting school.