The Little Daisies are our youngest children. This group occupy the lower floor of the nursery which provides a homely and secure environment for the babies and toddlers. Little Daisies have access to a living room play area, with 'home from home' furniture, a kitchen. Here, the children take part in messy and exploratory play. We also provide a dining area for meals and a bedroom for quiet naps.
For the Little Daisies, staff focus on the prime areas of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) developing essential skills and providing the base for further development as young children grow. These are:
Personal, Social, and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Little Daisies move to join the next group when they are two years old. We support children with this move through visits to their new group, ensuring a successful and secure transition.
On the upper levels of the nursery, we have the Buttercups, who are aged 2 and 3 years old, and the Bluebells, our preschool children. Each of these groups is led by an Early Years Graduate and supported by Level 3 qualified staff. Both groups follow the EYFS, with age-suitable activities and opportunities available to promote their development.
Staff aim to build on the skills already developed, whilst encouraging Buttercup and Bluebell children to become more independent and make choices for themselves. Each floor has access to varied resources to promote all areas of the EYFS, including specific areas that build on the three prime areas, including:
Buttercups and Bluebells
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Every floor has a room for creative and messy play, where staff provide activities to encourage children to explore, be creative and to develop their critical thinking. Throughout the nursery, staff plan activities to build upon children's' current interests. They observe the children during play, observing any new interests, discoveries, or schemas that might be emerging. These observations inform our plans for new activities, resources, or next steps in a child's development.
In our outdoor area, we encourage children to develop their physical skills through climbing, running, jumping, and balancing. They also have the opportunities to explore our sand house, develop their imagination in our pirate ship, and take part in lots of activities provided by the staff.
Furthermore, we have an exciting woodland and mud kitchen, where children hunt for bugs, build a den, and make mud pies. There are also lots of logs and resources to build with or balance on.