Welcome to Moon Beams our baby room. We hope that the following information will be useful to you, however, if you have any further questions, please feel free to talk to a member of staff within the room.
Emma, the Senior Room Manager, is an Early Years Teacher. She tracks each individual child’s development and plans activities based around this information. Together with her two Room Managers, Sam and D.J., she heads up a team of enthusiastic practitioners including Rachel and Dawn (Level 3) who act as deputies. The whole team ensures that the room creates a welcoming, stimulating environment for our very youngest children
When your child joins Moon Beams, they will be given a buddy Key Person. A buddy person will spend time during your home visit getting to know you and your child before they start settling in sessions at the nursery. With information provided by your buddy person, Emma will record observations and plan your child’s next steps. Both Emma and your child’s Buddy Key Person are on hand to answer any questions that you might have before your child starts nursery, once they are settling in and during any part of their nursery adventure!
The children in Moon Beams are aged from 3 months to around two years, moving to Little Stars when they are ready for the transition.
Activities and resources are age and developmental stage appropriate. The room is spacious and also boasts a self-contained side room with its own nappy changing facilities and small milk kitchen, a separate sleep room, a carpeted area with cosy cushions, a sensory play area and a large garden room with astroturf. Children are encouraged to free-flow between the different areas.
When you arrive in Moon Beams you will find your child's photo above a peg. This is where you can place their bag and coat. Please make sure that all belongings are named including shoes, coats and spare clothes. Please check regularly to make sure that everything is taken home. We do ask that on a daily basis you take home all bags and coats to ensure there is enough space for the children attending the next session. However we are happy to keep all in ones/wellie on our portable coat rack.
The sleep routine for babies and toddlers can be the same as at home. Each child will be allocated their own cot/ sleep mattress / or pod with their own sheet and blanket. Babies will sleep in our sleep room where they are checked every 10 minutes by a member of staff or in the smaller room with a practitioner present at all times. We also have a baby monitor with a camera. Older toddlers will sleep on mattresses in the side room away from other children, this enables them to prepare for Sunshine Corner.
As mentioned above, we like to take the children out regularly with our fleet of buggies. We visit the duck pond, the maze, parks, the market and the library. During the Summer months we may visit the zoo or the farm.
Each day is made up of periods of free play and adult led activities. Adult led activities are planned for the children based on the children’s interests and abilities. We encourage children to express their preferences through free play.
In the morning and afternoon there is always a Circle Time in Moon Beams. All the children join in together and are encouraged to take part in the planned activities, the support their learning in a fun and stimulating way. They enjoy learning shapes and colours, practice counting, sing action songs and use story sacks. Other activities which are also incorporated are; musical instruments, singing, music and movement, story books and group games.
Helen also joins us once a week for Music and Movement.
Different themes are explored throughout the nursery, these link to the children's interests as well as the seasons and relevant festivals & Celebrations.
Craft work and group activities linking from these are incorporated into the large wall displays within the room.