Ladybird Room 0-2 years

The ladybird Room floor has a soft mat area and an area suitable for wet and messy play.

It is well resourced incorporating a book/home corner, mirrors and outside play area. Staff constantly engage with the children and provide the right kind of stimulation to encourage communication and response. The children will be encouraged to join in with activities such as 'Jelly Play', a highly tactile sensory activity which not only feels good but is also safe to eat and very, very tasty.

We aim to have mostly natural resources for the children to explore and very little plastic play.

Allowance is made for the fact that the under-twos have relatively short attention spans and activities are planned so that no boredom sets in. As far as the children are concerned, it is all just great fun! In reality, their activities are carefully organised to encourage development, new skills and confidence. There is always something to do and someone to engage with. We begin in this room to introduce children to new experiences and sensations. We have low level baskets which allow the children free choice of all the toys and equipment to encourage and assist the children through their various stages of development.

As toddlers gain fine motor control and can more easily hold a crayon and paint brush, they can enjoy painting, crayoning, using a glue stick and playing with our homemade play-dough. The end result is not important, it is the sheer fun of the activity (the textures experienced, the physical actions and indeed, the mess!) that is the child’s enjoyment. Water and sand play are both therapeutic and creative, channelling the energies and the imaginations of the children.

The babies’ changing room is incorporated into the baby/waddler room and is equipped with changing stations, individual storage and wash basins.

A ‘planning board’ with themes for the month will be situated just inside the room which will include a monthly menu planner.

All children are individuals and are able to eat when hungry, sleep when tired and play when feeling energetic. Besides stimulation, the children receive a great deal of affection and love. Their various requirements are met through a flexible routine.