The Baby Room is a bright and sunny room, big enough for nine babies. The ratio is one member of staff three babies, who enjoy lots of fun and exciting activities. They use a wide range of toys and equipment. Each day there is a different activity, for example, music with a variety of instruments to bang, shake, rattle and roll; or the sensory box, with its choice of contents giving different textures, shapes, and colours. There is usually a craft activity, for example, painting and messy play. Children choose from brushes to sponges, or they may even use their hands and feet.
The Early Years Foundation Stage places strong emphasis on the importance and value of daily outdoor experiences for children’s learning and development. By providing engaging, hands-on activities, the outdoors can facilitate effective outcomes in the different areas of learning and development.
Learning outside supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom, and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being. It gives them contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons.
Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness, and resourcefulness.
At Nishkam Nursery, outdoor play is an important part of the daily routine and we operate a free flow system where children can take their learning outside throughout the day. All staff have a responsibility for Health & Safety and ensure all risks are minimised always.
Staff welcome children into nursery as they begin to arrive at around 8.00am. Breakfast is served until 9.00am. Children enjoy a wide range of activities throughout the day, for example, singing songs, free play, quiet experiences, and other programmed experiences. Babies are regularly exposed to the outdoor environment to get lots of fresh air and to explore the garden. Nappies are changed every three hours, or when there is a need to change. Children generally sleep around lunch time, but individual routines may vary from child to child. Lunch is served at 11.30am and tea is at around 3.00pm. Healthy snacks and fresh water is available throughout the day.