The baby room at Dots 2 Tots has been designed especially for stimulation, fun, happiness and lots of encouragement and cuddles. It is a warm, welcoming and colourful space, encouraging our younger children to be playful and inquisitive at each stage of their development. We recognise that there is a big difference between a baby who is 3 months and one who is nearly 2, so we make sure that each child's experience is customised around their age and personality so that they have fun and are challenged appropriately. We follow the three core areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which are the promotion of physical development through assistance in movement and walking and crawling; Language and communication development which we help the children with through singing, stories, talking ,questioning and music amongst others. We also focus on the promotion of Social Deveolpment; building up relationships with others and key people, sharing, playing together and enjoying helping one another. We recognise that young babies and children benefit best from having one/two consistent key people to bond with, so the staff in the Baby Room remain consistently in the room. We have a special baby garden outside where children are taken regularly, it has climbing apparatus, toys, a ball pit and sail shade for showers and hot weather. Babies are regularly taken out for walks and outings in Chatteris too, and enjoy visiting the park, the library, the shops and being taken to community events such as the recent Mediaeval Festival in town. Babies are served delicious home made food made on site by our talented cook Emma, and food is prepared tailored to each babies stage of development and specific dietary requirements. We cater for vegetarian children and any children with various allergies or intolerances such as dairy. Members of staff are more than happy to discuss any of this with parents and carers; we are also mindful of the fact that children can develop a food intolerance when previously they were fine so we keep this in mind too. We are also a strictly nut-free Nursery.
We operate a maximum 3:1 ratio in the baby room but each child will always be allocated to one member of staff who will have special responsibility and always be your main point of contact. They will talk with you about all the fun things that happened and all the daily record book entries. They will discuss your child's progress and anything special that happened during the day. Feel free to mention anything (big or small) that you want us to look out for and help them with.
We ensure that all of the babies in our care receive the maximum amount one to one interaction with their nominated career. This allows us to provide them plenty of stimulation through the day with age appropriate toys and activities. We do lots of sensory based activities in this room too with lots of painting, sand, water, jelly, foam, spaghetti, flour and gloop play! We have the main focus on the three core areas in this age group; physical development, communication and language and social interaction, with all our activities and experiences planned to promote and encourage these areas.
Each child has their own individual Learning Journey folder, which includes lots of details from our observations in Nursery, planned activities, and your own child's personal learning development with planned outcomes and next steps.
We strongly encourage and maintain a close bond with parents and carers so that a great partnership is established between ourselves and the home environment of the child. We encourage parents and cares to fill in parts of their child's individual folder with relevant information to assist us in building up a strong picture of your child for us at Nursery, including any "Wow" moments when your child has done or achieved something exciting at home.
Taking a Nap
When our children are tired and need a nap, we have a cozy little quiet sleep area with cots and beanbags. We cater to each child's individual routine, and we are also on hand to assist and offer advice to parents and carers with any support regarding sleep issues, and are happy to help develop a new routine if necessary. While they are asleep we check on them every 10 minutes.
We ask that you please bring a spare set of clothes in a named bag each day. A big nappy change can sometimes need a new set of clothes and occasionally playtimes can get messy too. Nappies are changed regularly and promptly, no baby is ever left in a soiled nappy in our care and we pride ourselves on the very high quality of our childcare. We do ask that nappies, wipes and nappy cream are provided please.