Baby Blossoms

3-18 months

Babies are supported in crawling and pulling themselves up to stand. They are soon assisted in taking their first steps towards learning to walk.

Sensory play is becoming more of a focus in the nursery. With a growing range of sensory equipment and activities, babies are beginning to engage their five senses in a highly innovative way. Playing with jelly, bubbles, water and sand seems to be the favourite kind of sensory play with our babies.

The responsibilities of updating ‘Learning Journey’ folders and ensuring a baby remains settled at the nursery, is primarily within the hands of their keyworker. Each child is allocated a keyworker as they start being cared for at Rock Cottage.

Parents are encouraged to leave any comforters/blankets with their baby throughout the day. We believe that familiar scents and objects create a sense of ease as babies adjust to time away from their parents. We aim to build secure attachments by having the same, recognizable staff in the room.

‘Settle In Visits’ also offer a sense of reassurance to new parents, as change can be just as daunting to them as it is to their children. 30-minute taster sessions are available for parents to attend with baby, followed by sessions running from 9.00-11.30am for baby alone.

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Daily Routine
7.30-8.00am Play Time once children arrive
8.00-8.30amBreakfast Time
8.30-9.30amSleep time or Play time
9.30-10.00amSnack Time
10.00-11.30amPlay Time, Indoor or Outdoor (Weather Dependent)
11.30-12.00pmLunch Time Preparation, then Singing
12.00-12.30pmLunch Time
12.30-2.00pmSleep Time
2.00-3.00pmPlay Time
3.00-3.30pmSnack Time
3.30-4.00pmPreparation for Home Time
4.00-6.00pmPlay Time until Home Time