The daisy’s are children aged 0 - 3. Our environment is homely, welcoming and nurturing which is ready for the babies and young children to play, grow and learn. There is a wide selection of easy accessible resources including natural and real life objects both indoors and out which provide stimulating and rich opportunities. The young children also have access to outdoors where they can extend their play.
We also provide plenty of opportunities for sensory and tactile play such as a basket full of ‘spiky’ pinecones and ‘smooth’ acorns and playing in the garden to look for ‘scratchy’ sticks or a titchy tub full of ‘snow’ which is ‘cold’ and ‘fluffy’ - these experiences encourage their language development as children begin to verbalise their experiences. We have to remember everything is new and exciting to them and we must never hurry them during their exploration and discoveries. We will provide a variety of fun and stimulating literacy and numeracy opportunities such as stories, mark making, singing, rhymes, shapes, measuring and creative and imaginary play. Literacy and numeracy in early years is crucial in their development to become an effective contributor to society.
The first three years of a child’s life is a period of rapid growth along with cognitive, social and emotional development. Therefore our role as professional practitioners is to support children and their families through this period to allow reassurance, consistency and a well balanced experience.
Within this age group we follow Pre-Birth to Three and Building the Ambition which are national practice guidance for practitioners. The documents support practitioners in providing high quality early learning and childcare. They can be found following the links below:
Each child is unique and will have individual routines. We try to accommodate each child and their personal needs. To do this we ask that parents/carers share their routine in detail so that we can provide consistency at nursery. At the beginning the child’s Gracie Drew journey they may at times not sleep, eat or drink at their usual time or how they do at home. Please do not worry, this is common. It is not that we do not try, it is because they are in unusual surroundings with adults they are only beginning to know.
The daisy room has a cosy sleep room with a cot bed along with numerous travel cots, so that we can accommodate all sleeping babies and young children. The sleep room is attached to the daisy room.
We check sleeping babies every 5 - 10 minutes and record this on the child’s personal records. We are guided by sleep safe guidance.
Each child will have their own cot sheet and blanket and will be washed once a week or when needed.
Food and Drink
We ask that all food is provided by the parents/carers until the baby turns 15 months old, this is due to allergies and stages of weaning. Please also provide a cup until they can drink from a cup. This is due to infection control and cross infection.
Once over 15 months babies and young children will enjoy having the nursery lunches and snacks, which offers a wide range of finger foods. The menu will be available each week in the daisy room.
We accommodate all allergies and cultural diets and will make all of the Gracie Drew team aware of this by having posters in the dining areas.
We will always have babies and young children’s cup available with fresh water so they can sip throughout the day.
Everything that babies and young children eat and drinks will be recorded in their records and will be shared with parents/carers during pick up.
Breastfeeding and bottles
We fully support breastfeeding mums and will provide a quiet space if they wish to feed at nursery.
If the baby still requires a bottle, best practice suggests to make each bottle fresh. Therefore we advise all families to provide the bottles and formula powder only. The amount the baby drinks will be recorded on their personal records.
Being two at Gracie Drew’s is a time of surprise, wonder, independence and security. Children are learning about themselves, they mimic others and want to be big and strong just like them. They desire plenty of space to explore on their own but still need the safety that someone is there…just incase. They learn through actions and engage in schematic play.
A schema is an ‘urge’ that children have to do things repeatedly such as throw, hide and climb, which appear in play. Schemas are an important part in every child’s development as they are the building blocks for learning and growth. Schemas are repeated actions that in turn forge connections in the brain to help the child develop. Children can develop several schemas that they are interested in at any one time. If we are aware of these schemas, we can then extend each child’s interests and further their knowledge.
At Gracie Drew’s we have empathetic and patient staff that understand the two’s world and the need for balance of risk and reassurance. We work closely with young children and families to ensure the best possible journey into independence. Although they desire independence they still long for familiar routines and experiences which makes them feel safe. Children may at times struggle with vocalising their needs or not understanding ‘sharing’, we support the children through their frustrations by remaining calm and providing helpful guidance to help solve their problems.