In the Nursery area we cater for 12 babies from birth to two years old and our programme for infants provides:
- One-to-one, responsive interactions (those in which caregivers follow the child’s lead).
- Adults who are consistently responsible for, and available to, each infant.
- Higher staffing ratios than for the older children.
- Sociable, loving, and physically responsive adults who can tune in to an infant’s needs.
- Individualised programmes that can adjust to the infant’s own rhythms.
- A predictable and calm environment that builds trust and anticipation.
- Partnership between parents and the other adults involved in caring for the infant.
The 2-5 year old programme provides an integrated learning area, which also includes a personalised “Transition to School” programme, designed to assist your child to make a smooth transition from Preschool to Primary School.
Our programme provides:
- A secure environment that produces both challenges and predictable happenings.
- Opportunities for independent exploration and movement.
- A flexible approach that can accommodate both spontaneity and whims, at a pace that allows children to try and do things for themselves.
- Adults who encourage children’s cognitive skills and language development.
- Responsive and predictable adults, who both understand and accept children’s development progress.
As your child gets older & develops, we assist in their developmental process by providing:
- Resources, challenges and support for their widening interests and problem solving capacities.
- Opportunities for unfamiliar routines, new and self directed challenges, co-operative ventures and sustained projects.
- Adults who can encourage sustained conversations, queries and complex thinking, including concepts of fairness, difference and similarity.
- Opportunities to use language to explore and to direct thinking and learning tasks.
- A widening range of resources for creative expression, symbolising, and representation.
- Recognition of their developing sense of humor, which springs from new understandings about “how things ought to be”.
- Challenging opportunities which keep pace with their physical co-ordination and development.
- An Early Childhood “Pathway to Life”.