The Tiny Wanderers

 

The under 2’s unit enables the children to access free flow play, at Wells House, we believe that our children must be given the opportunity to learn from first-hand experience by interacting with a rich variety of materials and socialising within their peer group.

Each area is designed to ensure that each individual child has the benefit of spending their day in a stimulating and safe environment.

Staff plan for each individual child through regular observations and provide a next step for your child to work towards.

The Art room allows our tiny wanders to experience a wide variety of messy situations, from full body painting to their first playdough experience. Getting creative with paint and glue is encouraged and early mark making skills will start to develop with carefully planned activities. The children make good use of the outdoor garden space; this is an extension to the learning environment and is used every day regardless of the weather, they enjoy experiences such as splashing in muddy puddles, building sandcastles and finding mini beasts – all activities that drive investigation and problem-solving skills.

Mealtimes are a social event and miniature tables and chairs provide the next step from highchairs. The tables have tablecloths with a plant or flowers in the centre, manners, taking turns and conversation is encouraged and nurtured at this lovely time of the day, your child will be encouraged to feed themselves while being carefully supervised and supported.

The Tiny wanderers Rooms are bright and well equipped with a wide variety of exciting toys and natural resources for them to explore. There is a simple ‘home corner’ area for acting out experiences they have seen and building on imagination skills. A construction and small world area to help develop fine motor skills and an understanding of the world around them.

We have a calm cosy book area where our wanderers can read books with practitioners or take some time to relax during their busy day. And finally, lots of open plan space for the wanderers to transport toys and negotiate, practicing all their gross motor movements with a climbing facility to keep them challenged.

Parents to provide

  • Babies made up bottles - we will name these and place them in the baby unit fridge.
  • Jars or dry mix weaning foods - nursery will provide food once your child is weaned
  • Two changes of clothes (named) to be kept at nursery.
  • Packs of disposable nappies and thick baby wipes.
  • Nappy cream if applicable.
  • Sun cream and sun hat.

Here are some of the comments Ofsted made about Wells House Kindergarten in their latest report

  •   Children make good progress based on their starting points, and are well prepared for their future learning because the quality of teaching is good across the nursery  

  •   Staff make good use of the assessment tools they have and use their daily observations of children's play to plan activities that are interesting and offer realistic challenges. As a result, children are motivated to learn and explore  

  •   Children follow good hygiene routines. They enjoy healthy meals and snacks, and independently brush their teeth during the day, which promotes their good health  

  •   Children are very settled and content because staff provide a caring and nurturing environment, particularly for the young babies  

  •   Children form strong attachments with staff. As a result, children's emotional well-being is positively promoted  

  •   Staff have a good understanding of safeguarding procedures. This is underpinned by effective policies. Consequently, children's safety and well-being is supported  

  •   The management team demonstrates a strong commitment to promoting high-quality childcare  

  •   Regular training opportunities undertaken by staff ensure qualification levels are high and they are equipped with the skills and knowledge to provide quality care and learning. This has had a positive impact on the learning experiences offered to children, particularly babies