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The youngest children in the nursery are cared for in the Badgers group where they remain until around 18 months old. Our Badgers room is run by staff that are carefully selected for their considerate natures and love of working with our youngest. We understand that children of this age need familiar faces therefore our friendly Badgers team provides this consistency for our youngest children. There are plenty of opportunities throughout the day for cuddles and quiet 1:1 time, whether sharing a story together or having a sing song. All of our staff working in Badgers have received ‘Working with Babies’ training. Our key person system allows the children to build special, loving and secure relationships with staff, resulting in babies who feel loved, relaxed and free to explore and learn in a safe and stimulating environment. Babies settle in to the warm, homely environment of Badgers quickly and happily, using their own comforters if needed. Relationships with parents are more important than ever at this stage and we positively promote and provide opportunities to work alongside you as parents/carers. We use the EYFS as a guideline for the various ages and stages of development in this group.  There is a strong focus on the three Prime Areas of learning at this early age. These key areas of learning are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development & Communication and Language. Consequently, the staff ensure that activities are targeted around developing these key skills with your baby. We always ensure that there are a variety of stimulating activities to catch the interest of our Badgers. Lots of time is given over to promoting early language through high quality interaction at all times. The staff are also experienced in helping our little ones make the leap to being independent walkers and will work with each child at their individual level to provide plenty of support in their physical development; from reaching out to touch activities, to supervised tummy time to supported walking around the room – we will be there every step of the way! We believe in our youngest being given the freedom to really explore using their whole bodies to really get stuck in and hands on, as is their nature! Therefore you will often see sensory and ‘messy play’ activities on a large scale based on the floor which allows our little ones the best opportunity to explore and learn! We endeavour to make as many of our activities as possible edible to keep our babies safe. In order to prepare Badgers children for their move up to our Butterflies room we make use of our additional room based in our conservatory overlooking the garden. In here we have some climbing apparatus which encourages our youngest children to put their physical skills to the test along with equipment & resources to form a smaller classroom for a maximum number of six children. This space is often used to stretch our older Badger children whereby activities are planned and a fun but educational ethos is promoted.
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The youngest children in the nursery are cared for in the Badgers group where they remain until around 18 months old. Our Badgers room is run by staff that are carefully selected for their considerate natures and love of working with our youngest. We understand that children of this age need familiar faces therefore our friendly Badgers team provides this consistency for our youngest children. There are plenty of opportunities throughout the day for cuddles and quiet 1:1 time, whether sharing a story together or having a sing song. All of our staff working in Badgers have received ‘Working with Babies’ training. Our key person system allows the children to build special, loving and secure relationships with staff, resulting in babies who feel loved, relaxed and free to explore and learn in a safe and stimulating environment. Babies settle in to the warm, homely environment of Badgers quickly and happily, using their own comforters if needed. Relationships with parents are more important than ever at this stage and we positively promote and provide opportunities to work alongside you as parents/carers. We use the EYFS as a guideline for the various ages and stages of development in this group.  There is a strong focus on the three Prime Areas of learning at this early age. These key areas of learning are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development & Communication and Language. Consequently, the staff ensure that activities are targeted around developing these key skills with your baby. We always ensure that there are a variety of stimulating activities to catch the interest of our Badgers. Lots of time is given over to promoting early language through high quality interaction at all times. The staff are also experienced in helping our little ones make the leap to being independent walkers and will work with each child at their individual level to provide plenty of support in their physical development; from reaching out to touch activities, to supervised tummy time to supported walking around the room – we will be there every step of the way! We believe in our youngest being given the freedom to really explore using their whole bodies to really get stuck in and hands on, as is their nature! Therefore you will often see sensory and ‘messy play’ activities on a large scale based on the floor which allows our little ones the best opportunity to explore and learn! We endeavour to make as many of our activities as possible edible to keep our babies safe. In order to prepare Badgers children for their move up to our Butterflies room we make use of our additional room based in our conservatory overlooking the garden. In here we have some climbing apparatus which encourages our youngest children to put their physical skills to the test along with equipment & resources to form a smaller classroom for a maximum number of six children. This space is often used to stretch our older Badger children whereby activities are planned and a fun but educational ethos is promoted.