Children between the ages aged 0-17 months start their journey at Little Ladybirds in our baby room.
It is large and spacious and has its own integrated facilities, including a milk kitchen, eating area (with high chairs), and a separate quiet sleeping area (with cots) so your child can sleep peacefully throughout the day and not be disturbed by those who are awake.
All the equipment and resources in the baby room have been specially chosen to help your baby’s individual stages of development. At this stage the emphasis is very much on sensory exploration and play, and focused learning experiences are introduced in a subtle way to allow your child to flourish during the vital years of discovery.
We mostly use natural materials and the room is set out to be a sensory adventure for the children, including soft toys and furnishings, different textures, and new lights and sounds. We also have a dedicated outdoor play area for our under-2s, so the children can play safely and get outside as often as possible.
The experienced staff in the room will work with yourself to mimic your babies daily routine in regards to sleep, bottles, weaning, and tummy time/physical movements to help make their transition into nursery smoother.
When your child starts in the baby room, with your help we create an online learning journal for them. At this stage it allows us to get to know your baby’s likes and dislikes, any special dietary requirements, allergies and any other information that will help us to make your child’s transition to nursery as comfortable as possible.
At the end of each day, when you come to pick your child up, a member of our baby room team will provide a verbal handover and you will also receive an electronic report, delivered by an app to your mobile telephone, tablet or computer. This report includes a run through of their day, nappies, meals, sleeps, and also pictures, and sometimes video.
When your child is ready to progress to our Tweenie room – this often happens when they are around 15-17 months old but we decide with you once they are physically and emotionally ready – a detailed handover is carried out between the room leaders and a ‘moving rooms’ form is completed.
Your child’s key person will also visit the room with them to enable them to have a smooth transition. They will be classed as ‘trialing’ or ‘transitioning’ and can have any many visits as needed until they are happy and settled.