Here at Monkey Puzzle Shefford we have split the nursery into 3 main areas:
Children from 3 months-18 months benefit from the large, bright, open plan day room, well equipped with the latest in sensory equipment to test their senses and encourage development. As babies spend a lot of time sleeping at this early age, we provide a dedicated sleep room. We constantly monitor the temperature to ensure the babies are comfortable at all times. As a golden rule, there will never be more than three babies to any one member of staff so you can be assured that your little one will get the essential attention they need at this stage in their life. Your child’s key person will take care of all your child’s personal needs whenever possible.
We ensure the room is well appointed with outstanding levels of equipment, allowing your child to discover at their individual level of understanding. The room focuses on the primary area’s of the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ framework and encourages learning through play. We encourage heuristic play through the use of treasure baskets and natural materials in order to stimulate children’s natural curiosity. There are various dedicated areas offering different activities such as The ‘Cosy Corner’ where children can sit in a group and listen to stories and enjoy song bags, and a messy area where they can explore their creativity. The children have supervised access to their own fantastic garden.
The Toddler room also benefits from a number of dedicated areas. There is a creative area, a cosy corner, small world area and a home corner for lots of role play. As this is the time when the majority of children start ‘toilet training’, the toddlers room is equipped with brightly decorated children’s toilets, encouraging independence. Our unique garden is fully equipped with an impact absorbing surface and lots of outside equipment designed to encourage coordination and balance.
Again , we encourage children to develop their imagination and curiosity through the use of natural, open ended resources and wooden toys. Everything is stored at the children’s level and they are encouraged to choose what they would like to play with and help tidy up at the end of the session.
Pre School children also follow the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’. We support them and prepare them for their eventual move to school. This is a more settled routine, with children working in small groups. Through our observations of children learning through play, we are able to introduce adult led activities that follow the interest of individual children, linking them to the seven areas of learning:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal social and emotional development
- understanding of the world
- expressive arts and design
We have a large role play area full of dressing up clothes including hats, bags and shoes and a construction area full of large and small wooden and cardboard objects and shapes which the children then add to using small world characters to enhance their play in different ways each day.
The children have open access to the garden every day (free flow) from their room and complete a lot of their daily activities outside through choice. The garden also reflects the areas of learning and allows problem solving on a grander scale with further opportunities for constructing obstacle courses, vehicle making and lots of role play.
We encourage the children to be involved in their own food preparation at snack and tea time and cookery club is a firm favourite in the Owl room.
All our children get the opportunity to into the woods regularly and we always risk assess our outings and ensure that ratios are adhered to.
If you would like to come in for a visit, please get in touch.