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We have four different rooms for different age groups. Choose from the list below to read about the learning and development for each group.

> The Caterpillar Rooms  3 months-15 months
> The Ladybird Rooms  15 months-24 months
> The Busy Bee Rooms  2-3 years
> The Pre-School: The Butterfly Rooms  3-5 years






The Caterpillar Rooms
3 months-15 months
Ratio 1:3

Our baby room is known as the Caterpillars Room. The room has the benefit of it’s own small kitchen area, and a separate sleeping room and changing area. Here the emphasis is on love, responsive care and building strong relationships. Babies’ care routines are recorded in partnership with parents and your child’s key person will carefully incorporate these and continually liaise with you.

 


Learning and Development

During their first year of life, young babies' physical development is rapid as they gain increasing control of their muscles. They quickly become mobile and develop skills in moving their hands, feet, limbs and head and are able to handle and manipulate objects. Learning begins from the moment of birth and even before their first words, they learn a lot about language by hearing people talking, and are especially interested when it involves themselves and their daily lives. Responsive care from a sensitive adult (who responds to children's growing understanding and emotional needs) helps to build secure attachments to the special people in a baby’s life. At Bonnington House Nursery our regular, but flexible, routines help our young children to gain a sense of order in the world and to anticipate events. A wide variety of experiences are offered, which involves all five senses, encourages learning and an interest in the environment.

The Indoor Environment

The indoor environment for our youngest children is like a second home, providing a place for rest, eating, sleeping, activity and exploration. Our baby room has ‘sensory areas’ to explore; these include a ‘natural area’ complete with treasure baskets to encourage heuristic play, a ‘reflective area’ with reflective materials, mirrors and soft lights and a ‘fascinating sounds area’.
Your young children will be able to enjoy discovering with paint, sand, water, corn flour and other tactile materials as well as rolling, grasping, observing, socialising and tasting. A cosy, inviting book corner promotes an early interest in literacy.

The activities and resources in this age group include the following themes:

 

Large Movement Area - To encourage posture and large movements.

Small Movement Play - To encourage vision and fine movements.

Imaginative Play
- To encourage speech, social and listening skills by the use of dolls, teddies and simple every day objects.

Messy Play - To encourage fine motor skills and exploration of objects using all the senses.

Sensory Play
- To encourage all aspects of sensory development, attention and concentration skills including the ability to make simple choices.

Family Books
- Children create an "All About Me" book to encourage children's own self-esteem, positive self-image and links between home and nursery.

Reading
- To encourage an early love of books sharing them with a caring adult.

Heuristic Play with Treasure Boxes
- To encourage early sensory exploration of objects of different texture, colour, patterns, shape, size and weight.


 


Our baby room also has a separate sleep area equipped with cots, bedding and sleep monitoring procedures and a cosy loving environment. Nappies are provided, but we do ask parents to provide their own preferred wipes and creams. You may also need to bring ready mixed bottles of formula or expressed breast milk, clearly labeled with your child’s name.

The outdoor environment gives the infants a chance to explore, use their senses and be physically active supported by their Key Worker.


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The Ladybird Rooms
15 months-24 months
Ratio 1:3

 


As babies become increasingly mobile new opportunities for exploration and exercise arise. Once walking, babies graduate to the Ladybird Room which is on the first floor. Here they have their own changing and toilet facilities as well as access to our delightful sensory room and the multi-purpose room for music and movement and PE classes. All our babies have their own outdoor play area which is covered with a soft surface and has suitable outdoor toys for this age group. At this stage your child will be eating nursery food so you need only bring baby wipes and a change of clothing. For all children under two your child’s Key Worker will provide a daily diary which is a written summary of your child’s day.

A safe and stimulating environment, with age-appropriate resources is vital for children to develop curiosity, coordination and physical abilities. At this stage children can start to learn the beginnings of self-control and how to relate to other people. Children are encouraged to develop their social and cognitive skills by people to whom they have a positive attachment.
Using their developing communication skills, children are more able to express their needs and feelings and begin to develop a sense of self. Alongside non-verbal communication children learn a few simple words for everyday things and people. With encouragement and plenty of interaction with adults, children's communication skills grow and their vocabulary expands very rapidly during this stage.

Exploration and simple self-help will build self-confidence. Children are also learning about boundaries and how to handle frustration. Here, the children learn to become slightly more independent and have the choice of a wide range of activities such as painting, play dough and water. Play with toys that come apart and fit together encourages problem solving and simple planning. Imaginative play helps children to learn about a range of possibilities. Adults are an important source of security, comfort and encouragement.


Learning and Development

The room and outdoor environment for the Ladybird room provides a safe, secure yet challenging space for the children.

The activities and resources in this age group include the following themes:

 

Large Movement Area - To encourage posture and large movements

Small Movement Play - To encourage vision and fine movements

Imaginative Play
- To encourage speech, social and listening skills by the use of dolls, teddies and simple every day objects.

Messy Play
- To encourage fine motor exploration of objects using all the senses.

Sensory and Heuristic Play
- To encourage all aspects of sensory development, exploring objects, developing attention and concentration, hand-eye co-ordination and making simple preferences and choices.

Family Books
- Children create an "All About Me" book to encourage children's own self-esteem, positive self-image and links between home and nursery.

Book Bags - To encourage an early love of literacy, sharing books with a caring adult.

Sand and Water Play - To encourage exploration of objects using a child-focused approach.



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The Busy Bee Rooms
2-3 years
Ratio 1:5

At age two, children move to the Busy Bees Room. Here we provide a warm, loving environment where your child can enjoy interacting with their peer group and taking part in more challenging and organized activities. Planning is responsive and spontaneous and takes account of the needs and interests of children. Activities are also planned around the seasons and themes making children aware of the world around them.

Children's fine motor skills continue to develop and they enjoy making marks, using a variety of materials, looking at picture books and listening to stories, important steps in literacy. Self-help and independence soon emerge if adults support and encourage children in areas such as eating, dressing and toileting. The Busy Bees have their own separate toilet area with good facilities for toilet training - crucial for this age group. Praise for new achievements helps to build their self-esteem.

At this stage, children's language is developing rapidly and many are beginning to put sentences together. Joining in conversations with children is an important way for children to learn new things and to begin to think about past, present and future. Developing physical skills mean that children can now usually walk, climb and run, and join in active play with other children. This is an important time for learning about dangers and safe limits.


 

Learning and Development
The indoor environment provides resources that are age appropriate, well maintained and accessible for all children in the Busy Bees room.

The activities and resources in this age group reflect the following themes:

Large Movement Area - To encourage posture and large movements.

Small Movement Play
- To encourage vision, fine movements and imagination.

Role Play Corner - To encourage speech, social and listening skills by the use of dolls, teddies and simple every day objects.

Messy Play - To encourage fine motor skills and creative exploration of objects using all the senses.

Sensory Play and Discovery Bags - To encourage all aspects of sensory development, exploring objects, developing attention and concentration, hand-eye co-ordination and making simple preferences, choices and begin to assign words and attributes to objects.

Family Books
- Children create an "All About Me" book to encourage children's own self-esteem, positive self-image and links between home and nursery.

Book Bags
- To encourage an early love of books and developing language by sharing them with a caring adult.

Sand and Water Play - To encourage exploration of objects using a child-focused approach.

Art and Craft - To encourage creativity, curiosity and opportunities to express their thoughts through a range of media. Children are also learning how to make choices, use tools, learn about the concepts of shape, line, form and colour and can learn to express their emotions and appreciate the importance of following their creative instinct.

Language Resources and Programmes - Using language games and resources to focus in on the children's literacy and language skills e.g. fun games, rhymes and songs to enhance the children's communication skills raising their self esteem, confidence and social skills with others.

Physical Education Programme - Our own physical Education programme based on “Early Moves” is a developmentally appropriate programme of movement skills for all age groups in the nursery. The focus of the Early Moves is the development of balance and coordination and encourages a progression of basic movement skills to promote confident movement, bodily and space awareness and health as well as control in using physical play equipment.


Every environment indoors and out has a place for children to be active or rest and reflect.

The 2-3 year olds have their own garden area and regular outdoor play is an important feature.  The outdoor environment offers the children opportunities for doing things in different ways and on different scales than when indoors. They have access to bikes, trikes, balls and a range of safe and fun outdoor equipment.


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The Pre-School: The Butterfly Rooms

3-5 years
Ratio 1:8



Our Pre-school department has 3 classrooms and a conservatory that leads directly to their own dedicated outdoor facilities, which include a large enclosed garden with age appropriate equipment. One room caters for the ante pre-school year (3 year olds) and the other two are for children 3-5 years. We also have a large General Purpose Room that is used for music and movement, drama and PE classes as well as specialist activities. Our office and nursery kitchen are also situated in this part of the building.

In the Pre-School Department we follow the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, Early Years Framework for 3-5 years and prepare children for entry to Primary 1. Our Pre-School Teacher and staff are trained to create opportunities for play and learning to help your child's all round development. They are skilled in talking sensitively to children. By getting to know your child well, staff work, with parents and carers to lay the foundations for learning.

The Pre-School Teachers will plan a balanced programme of activities and experiences in line with the 3-5 Curriculum Guidelines, to enable children to become successful learners. 
Your child will experience a wide range of learning opportunities and experiences in eight curricular areas:
  • Expressive Arts

  • Health and Wellbeing

  • Language and Literacy

  • Mathematics and Numeracy

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Religious and Moral Education

  • Technologies


The weekly plan is displayed on the parents Notice Board in the Pre-School Department.

An increased interest in collaborative play such as make-believe, construction and games helps children to learn the important social skills of sharing and cooperating. Children also learn about helping adults in everyday activities and finding a balance between independence and complying with the wishes of others. Children still need the comfort and security of special people. Close, warm relationships with adults form the basis for much learning, such as encouraging children to make healthy choices in food and exercise. At this stage children are becoming more aware of their place in a community. Literacy and numeracy can develop rapidly with the support of a wide range of interesting materials and activities. Children's language is now much more complex, as many become adept at using longer sentences. Conversations with adults become a more important source of information, guidance and reassurance.


Learning and Development

The indoor spaces are age appropriate and planned by the practitioners to allow flexibility by the children as they follow their own child focused learning approach across all eight areas of learning. The outdoors gives the Butterflies first hand contact with weather, seasons and the natural world.

The activities and resources in this age group reflect the following themes:

 

Family Books - Children create an "All About Me" book to make connections between different parts of the children's life experiences helping them to talk freely about their home and community.

Large and Small Movement Resources - To enhance and improve the children's co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement skills.

Sand and Water Play - To explore sand and water capabilities and quantities through scientific, mathematical and imaginary, sensory and manipulative experiences.

Messy Play
- To explore a range of materials, tools and medias to develop a child's imagination, understanding, manipulation, control and spontaneous expression and creativity.

Reading Corner and Story Props - To develop early reading skills, handling books, retelling stories, listening skills, discussion skills and love of books.

Construction Area - To join, build and balance with a variety of construction materials, sometimes building with a purpose in mind.

Role Play and Small World Areas - To use available resources to re-enact children's own life experiences, interacting with others and developing social skills as they do so.

Language Resources and Programmes - Using language games and resources to focus in on the children's literacy and language skills. Our own phonics programme provides fun games, rhymes and songs to enhance the children's early recognition of sounds and letters and develop communication skills. In this area the children also explore with mark making and emergent writing to communicate.

French
- Our French lessons are a good social source for your child but also gives them a fun introduction to the French language or a reinforcement to any knowledge that they may already have. Using songs, games, rhymes, colouring, French cartoons and interactive technology to introduce everyday vocabulary through a number of themes that will last a term and can be reinforced through play and talking in the nursery and at home.

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy Activities - Resources are available to allow for children's mathematical development as they seek patterns, make connections and recognise relationships through finding out about and working with numbers and counting, with sorting and matching and with shape, space and measures.

Art and Craft
- To encourage creativity, curiosity and opportunities to express their thoughts through a range of media. Children are also learning how to make choices, use tools, learn about the concepts of shape, line, form and colour and can learn to express their emotions and appreciate the importance of following their creative instinct.

Physical Education Programme
- Our own physical Education programme based on “Early Moves” is a developmentally appropriate programme of movement skills for all age groups in the nursery. The focus of the Early Moves is the development of balance and coordination and encourages a progression of basic movement skills to promote confident movement, bodily and space awareness and health as well as control in using physical play equipment.


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