WELCOME TO THE BABY ROOM

A little bit about our group…

The baby room is run by 4 staff. The children are aged from 3 months up to the age of age 2 years old. We have 12 children and the ratio to adult is 1:3.

At this stage of development we support children’s learning suitable activities and a secure relationship.

Key person role

Each key person is having 3 children. The key person encourages positive and secure relationships between babies in her group, spending time with them as a group each day. This allows babies to feel secure, explore their environment and knowing that a trusted adult is there to support their learning experiences.

If the child‘s key person is absent then another familiar adult will act as a back-up key person.

In the 6 weeks of settling we concentrate on building key person relationships with babies. We develop an individual learning plan for them and record their progress. We work with parents to learn about their baby’s home routines. After 6 weeks we arrange a short meeting with parents and discuss the child settling in period.

Planning

In the baby room we do at least 3 short observations and 1 long observation every month for each individual baby.

We have a weekly plan and a focus plan. Each child has an individual focus activity every month planned by their key person.

All the activities that we plan are based on baby’s interest and their development needs. We have three areas to consider when we make the plan.

       Prime areas

  1. Communication and language development
  2. Physical development

Personal, social and emotional development

The baby room learning areas

Home corner:

In these areas we have some dolls, soft toys, kitchen equipment, baby doll dressing up clothing and blankets. We encourage young children to access easily to the materials and play with them. They build friendship by playing in a small group and show their feelings through the role play. Everything is accessible and open ended so they can use them variety ways.

Book corner and cozy area:

In this area we have so many books that suitable for babies and a cozy area that babies can have some rest when they want to. They love to sit with their key person and listen to story in this area. All the books are accessible and stimulating for them to reach and get what they want to read. We have big and small books, flap books, bilingual books and black and white books.

Water and sand tray/ messy play activities

We set up messy play activities almost every day for developing baby’s exploration. Children love to get muddy, covered in paint and stuff when playing, we call this Messy Play!

Messy Play is essential to children’s development. Messy Play can help develop children’s senses as they explore the different textures of materials Messy Play also helps children develop their imagination which allows them to play freely. Children can gain independence in Messy Play as you are allowing them to explore.

Here some messy play activity names; jelly, sand( wet or dry), corn flour, water, pasta, flour, play dough, bubbles, chalk, paint, yoghurt etc.

Mark making:

The term mark making means a child’s first attempts at writing and it is important that they have lots of opportunities to practice mark making as this help them both reading and writing later. You may already have noticed that young children become naturally curious about patterns that they make and their first attempts are often when sitting in high chair after a meal, they may use their fingers in spills on the tray to make patterns. Do not rush to clean up the spills, let your child to explore the patterns and mark making opportunities, join in and talk to them about the shapes that you are making, what they look like or what they mean to them.

Some mark making activities;

-Paper and crayons

-Finger paint on a sheet of foil

-Paints or soapy bubbles on a flat mirror

-Driving cars through a plate of paint then on a paper

-Chalkboard and chalk

-Sand play

-Use corn flour (mixed with water) to make shapes that disappears.

Nowadays, lots of toys nowadays are made of plastic. Although plastic can be very colorful, it all feels, smells and tastes the same making it boring and unstimulating to a baby’s senses. Have you ever wondered why a baby prefers the box and wrapping to the contents? Probably because it feels better to touch, smells more interesting and can make great sounds when you

Move it!

So here are some stimulating play ideas that we do in the baby room:

Heuristic play:

Heuristic play is a group of natural, recycled and household objects that are presented to babies so that they can experiment, investigate and explore independently.

Heuristic play is a’ non-social’ activity and promotes concentration. It should be set up in the morning when children are neither tired nor hungry and there will be no disruption. The area should be a cleared space or a quiet room and a calm atmosphere. For babies or toddlers the heuristic play is recommended everyday but this is impossible in some cases due to environment. We provide the heuristic play 2 days a week and we can clearly see the beneficial of the play.

The adult role in heuristic play

Plan the session, set out the objects, facilitate, observe, be attentive, and be quiet, be seated, replenish worn out and broken items.

 

Treasure basket:

The adult’s role in the use of the treasure basket is to sit nearby and be attentive, responsive and unobtrusive the baby needs to be able to make their own choices about which objects they are going to pick up and how they are going to explore them without interference. To an outsider looking in on baby exploring a treasure basket, it may appear that the adult is doing ‘nothing’, but a baby will have a much richer and more stimulating experience, developing confidence and concentration when they can explore at their own pace, without being ‘shown’ things and ‘how’ to use them by an adult, as there is no right or wrong way for a baby to explore or use the materials.

Happy play:

Happy play is group of shinny and inviting objects that stimulate children learning. They sit with adults and explore the object that provided for them. The objects that we use all are shinny and colorful. The goal is this activity is make children happy.

 

Our daily routines:

8.00am-10.00am- All groups mix downstairs where we have selection of resources set up to play.

9.00am-9.30am- Babies have their breakfast in the baby room. Milk and Weetabix is offered for the breakfast.

10.00am-10.50am focus play session. We offer activities to cover the areas of learning development in the EYFS.

10.50am-11.30am- circle time, nappy changing, washing hands and get ready for the lunch with support of their key workers.

11.30am-12.00am- lunch time

12.00am -14.30- Sleep time

14.30-15.00- getting ready for the snack time, nappy changing

15.00- 15.30- snack time

15.30-17.30- free play session indoor or outdoor, focus play session (sand play ,mark making, Legos, role play, singing songs, reading books one to one or for a small group…)

17.30- 18.00- free play until parents arrive.

Transition to Dolphin room

Babies are ready to start in the dolphin room when they are 2 years old. The ratio in the Dolphin room is 1:4. When it is time for the babies to transition they will spend short amounts of time in the dolphin group with their key person.

This is a brief outline of the many things that we do in the Baby Room. If you would like to know more please ask a member of staff or come and spend some time in the room with us and have some fun!!