Our Rooms & Facilities
The Caterpillar room is for babies from 3 months to 2 years and in this room we look after 6 children.
The staff ratio in this room is 1:3 and the children are looked after by full-time qualified staff who are also well supported by a team of qualified part time staff.
Each of our rooms are self-contained with their own well equipped kitchen area, sleeping and nappy changing facilities so our dedicated staff have no reason to leave the room allowing them to keep the required ratio at all times.
We are very experienced in looking after babies of this age group and understand that not all babies have the same routine – they will all want to eat, sleep, play and have cuddles at different times. During your settling in visits we will discuss baby’s individual routine with you which we will follow once they start at nursery. As and when the routine changes then we change our routine too so baby is always happy.
The Caterpillar room offers a stimulating and safe environment for your child to grow, explore and thrive. We have lots of age related toys and equipment with soft toys and cushions to use and play with. We offer lots of activities including messy play, sensory activities, holistic play, singing and lots of opportunities for cuddles! There are many visual aids and age appropriate music with wall displays for all the children’s beautiful artwork!
Milk and Food
Until baby is 12 months old we ask parents to supply all food and milk. At 12 months we can supply meals and snacks if required although we still ask that formula milk is supplied by parents/carers.
Nappies and Creams
The Nursery supplies all nappies and creams.
Each child has their own cot, blankets and sheets, and as we know baby’s individual routine before they even start at nursery then we are fully prepared for sleeping routines. Any changes to sleep patterns will be discussed with parents as necessary.
In our Butterflies room 8 children between 2 – 3 years are looked after by 2 qualified and experienced staff with support from our experienced part-time team.
The time table of activities in this room offers a varied and stimulating experience for all the children with plenty of opportunity for children’s free choice of play and activities. Children start to work on recognising numbers, shapes and continue their mark making skills. Wherever possible we use the garden on a daily basis – even in the winter wearing our wellies of course!
Food and Drink
We supply a selection of cereals and toast for breakfast upon arrival at the nursery and a healthy snack is provided mid-morning. A hot lunch can be provided by the Nursery if required during term-time which is prepared by the School. Alternatively you are welcome to send in a packed lunch. If your child is staying all day at nursery then tea is provided at 3.30. Milk and water are offered at each mealtime and water is available at all other times.
Potty Training / Nappies and Creams
Until your child starts potty training then all nappies and creams continue to be supplied by the Nursery. Whilst in this room most children will start potty training. We keep in constant communication with you about all stages of this and will discuss with you the routine at home in order to be continuous and consistent in our approach.
There is an opportunity for rest time where your child can have a nap in a safe and comfortable environment if necessary.
The Rainbows room is for children from 3 years through rising 5s and in this room we look after up to 20 children.
The staff ratio in this room is 1:8 and the children are looked after and cared for by two full-time qualified members of staff additionally supported by part-time members of staff.
Two of the staff who work with the children in this room are fully qualified early years teachers.
We offer a very varied schedule of activities, learning opportunities and free play in accordance with the EYFS. There are plenty of activities encouraging social interaction with a home corner, messy play, cooking, sensory toys plus lots more to help your child explore and experience. The children have lots of opportunity for learning new basic skills such as mark making and phonics.
The Rainbow room has lots of visual aids to create a stimulating environment for all the children. All staff are undergoing training in makaton which is used throughout the nursery every day to encourage speech, language and communication. At the end of the day you will receive a detailed report of your child’s day, including meals and snacks they have eaten, activities they have enjoyed and toys they have played with.
Food and Drink
For children arriving before 8.30 we supply a choice of cereals and toast for breakfast.
Healthy snacks are provided mid morning.
If your child is at the Nursery for lunchtime, you will need to bring a packed meal for them. We can heat food and also provide an emergency lunch if necessary!
A light tea is provided for all children staying after 3.30.
Milk and water are offered to all children at each mealtime, and fresh water is available throughout the day.
Outdoor and Garden Time
Hopscotch is set in a beautiful location with every room having access to our garden. The garden is an extension of the classroom which we use all year round weather permitting. We have an all weather safety floor surface and a variety of bikes, trikes, slides, climbing frames, playhouses and sheds available for the children to play in and with. The garden offers a safe environment for all the children to play and is securely fenced with security lighting, which are all checked and regularly risk assessed.