Turtles Room (0-2years)

JJ’s pride themselves in following your babies’ home routines, supporting their development and well being between home and the setting, creating a nurturing, caring and supportive environment in which your baby can grow and thrive.  Small groups are a key element of this room with a maximum of 9 babies at any one time with a minimum staff ratio of 1:3. Staff are fully supportive of parents’ wishes and babies’ needs throughout the weaning process.  

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We are a great believer that children learn through play, with the environment playing a huge part in their learning. We focus on three main areas of learning in the Turtle’s room which is incorporated into your babies’ daily routines and play which are:

– Communication

– Emotional security

– Physical development

The Turtle’s staff play a huge part in building strong relationships and firm foundations for future learning.  They are very passionate about their roles, offering a variety of activities and resources to suit the babies’ individual needs.   Babies learn through their senses (touch, sight, smell, taste and sound).  We promote their senses by using tactile and natural resources/objects from the home and outdoor environment to contribute towards the activities such as;

  • Heuristic treasure baskets that include items to explore such as pine cones, bark, sticks, corn, leaves, large pebbles/shells, etc  
  • Messy play like sand, water, cornflour, paint, compost, bark, rice
  • Saucepans and spoons for tapping to make sounds or role play cooking with,
  • Mug tree/paper towel holders for stacking and organising curtain rings, bracelets and quoits
  • Hats, bags, shoes, scarves, etc to inspire their imagination and creativity.   

Our Turtles room is a cosy, bright, inviting space which provides stimulating and sensory activities to aid your baby in discovering the world around them. There is also direct access to our baby garden area where we provide sensory play, sand pit and treasure baskets which leads onto a large shaded artificial grass area with more physically challenging activities.  Being outside plays a very large and important role in the life of JJ’s.  We have a large 6 seater buggy/cart which is used to take the babies/toddlers for walks or to play in the nearby fields/wood as well as a large free flow all weather play area to explore more physical and sensory activities.   

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We have a cosy sleep room which is shared with the toddler children. (There is also a cot in the Turtle’s room for new babies who may be unsettled at first, rather than use the main sleep room). By sharing the sleep room and the outside area, the babies get to know the staff in the toddler room too so when it comes to moving rooms, the transition to the next room is a much smoother one.  The babies and toddlers also often join up for breakfast and teatimes to help with building relationships.  

All children have an individual communication book which is a written form of communication between parents and staff about their children.  

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Starfish Room (2-3 years)

The Dolphins room is designed to encourage children to explore, be creative and to use their imagination, ensuring we capture the wonderfulness of childhood.

Toddlers are encouraged to use their new found independence and adapt to boundaries they will encounter in later years.  Staff teach and support children with important life skills including washing their own hands, feeding themselves using cutlery, trying to put their own coats/shoes on, potty training etc which is reinforced with praise and encouragement throughout.

Our staff team are enthusiastic and energetic, just like the children at this age!  So they have tailored an environment that is rich with diverse and engaging activities including;

  • The use of story sacks and song bags which encourage children’s ever growing language development, helping them communicate between one another and adults, building confidence to establish their own identity.
  • Access to role play props including clothes, shoes, phones, tills, tables, chairs, kitchen and beds as well as open ended resources like tyres, hosepipes and crates to build on their growing imagination and creativity.  
  • Messy play and mark making activities such as painting, large scale chalk drawings on the playground floor, sand/water, moon sand, jellybath are free to access for the children all day so they can really explore and learn through their senses.
  • Physical challenges, such as balance and co-ordination are promoted throughout all our activities, especially in our outdoor environment.

 

The day to day structure is based around the children’s interests whilst giving them the freedom to manage their own risk and challenges, giving all children the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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We have a cosy sleep room which is shared with the baby room children to provide times for rest and relaxation during their busy day, following the child’s home routine.

The babies and toddlers also often join up for breakfast and teatimes to help with building relationships in larger groups.  

 

All children have an individual communication book which is a written form of communication between parents and staff about their children.  

Please click on the ‘Parents as partners’ tab for more information on how we promote a strong parent partnership.

 

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