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About Little Monsters Nursery

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Little Monsters is a period Victorian house, with a large single storey extension and excellent disabled / pushchair access.

MonsterThe nursery itself is divided into 3 self-contained units. The Baby Unit (for up to 18 babies and children under 2 years old) utilises the whole of the ground floor of the house, giving it a really homely feel. The Toddler Room (for up to 16 2-year olds) and Pre-School (for up to 26 children aged 3 years and over) are housed in the more modern extension and form a square around a courtyard, which also provides a great outdoor play area.

We believe that outdoor play it is a vital part of a child's day and is actively encouraged at all ages and stages of development.

MonsterWe operate a 'Key Person' system, which runs throughout the nursery, which ensures that every child has a designated adult, who will be the first point of contact for parents and children alike. The key person will know their key children slightly better than other members of staff and will be responsible for completing their observations & developmental records and using these observations to plan activities that meet the requirements of each individual child. Any observations / developmental records held on the children are available for viewing by the parents / carers at any time and meetings can be arranged to discuss your child's progress at your convenience.

MonsterEvery year we hold a 'parent consultation' day, which is a more formal time for parents and practitioners to get together to discuss their child's progress. Check the Newsletters for the dates of these consultation days.

Baby Unit (3 months to 2 years)

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MonsterThe Baby Unit takes up the whole of the ground floor of the main house.  There is a large play room, with messy play, sand and water area, as well as a separate quiet room, a dedicated sleep room, a large kitchen / dining area for mealtimes and a baby change room with toilet.  There are French windows, which open on to the front garden for easy access to outdoor play.

MonsterOur objective is to make the transition from home to nursery as smooth as possible for both parents and babies alike. We know from our own experience how hard it can be to leave your baby, so we try to mirror the home environment as far as possible, particularly with regard to sleeping and feeding patterns for the youngest babies. As your child develops, we will gradually encourage the establishment of a routine in preparation for moving up to the Toddler Unit at the age of 2.

MonsterWe encourage regular dialogue with parents, ensuring time at the beginning and end of every session to listen and talk to parents and to explain what has been undertaken and achieved both at home and in the setting. A copy of the daily record sheet is given to parents to keep. A written record is kept of all sleeping / feeding times and quantities, as well as nappy changes, information on how the child has been during the day and an overview of the activities they have been involved in.

MonsterIf we have any concerns about your child, we will contact you immediately to discuss the situation. Likewise, parents are welcome to telephone the nursery at any time to check on their child.

The priority of the Baby Unit is close individual and personal attention, with lots of cuddles, along with constant stimulation through talking, play and music, in a happy and relaxed atmosphere. This goes hand-in-hand with our keyworker system, which provides parents with a dedicated practitioner, who will be their first point of contact within the nursery and who is responsible for observing the children and maintaining their development records.

MonsterThe activities in the Baby Unit are very diverse: from the very energetic action songs, ball pools, dancing and work-outs via messy play (paint, gloop, jelly, water) to quieter times of stories, crayoning, 1:1 interaction and relaxing. There is an adult led activity every morning & afternoon, which is differentiated to suit all ages / stages and the toys are regularly rotated, depending upon the age / stage of development of the children we have in the nursery during that particular session. All babies and children are encouraged to participate, with activities adapted to suit individual needs. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage within the Baby Unit.

MonsterOur babies are fed on demand (unless otherwise requested by the parents). Although we can provide water or well-diluted squash (no added sugar), we ask parents to provide all formula milk and solid meals for babies and children within the Baby Unit. This ensures that your child becomes accustomed to the types of food enjoyed by your own family at an early age. It also ensures that you know exactly what your child is eating and enables easier identification of any food intolerances / allergies. Again, we will follow your feeding routine as closely as practically possible. We can also provide advice / information on specific dietary requirements or general health / development issues if needed.

Toddler Room

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MonsterThe Toddler Room has a large main play room, with it’s own milk kitchen and a separate quiet room, with adjacent toilet & changing facilities.  It also has direct free-flow access to the courtyard.

The routine in the Toddler Room is more structured than in the Baby Unit, as most children respond well to routine because it empowers them to be confident and aware of the world around them.

MonsterThroughout the day, there are times when the children are in larger groups and times when they are in small groups or enjoying 1:1 time with their key person or other practitioner. For example, during registration time, children will chat with practitioners about what they have been doing at home, the days of the week, weather, sing the welcome song and listen to short stories. Story time, singing, outdoor play, mealtimes and brain gyms are times when all of the children join together.

MonsterOne of the main aims for the toddler age range is developing their personal, social & emotional skills, ie learning to take turns and share toys, communicating and establishing relationships with peers and adults. This is achieved by learning through play and informed planning through observation. Children learn by example and can develop more quickly in groups of children of a similar age / stage of development, particularly with regard to potty training, eating and social skills. Learning is reinforced through our many fun theme days, from 'wear a specific colour' day and teddy bears' picnics to fancy dress Halloween & Christmas parties

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MonsterPotty / toilet training is undertaken in partnership with parents, as and when the child is ready. Our practitioners will support parents and children during this (sometimes difficult!) time, concentrating on progress and rewarding achievements.

The toddler children also put on an annual Christmas production for parents & family members, which is great fun!

In 2010 - 2011, Little Monsters was chosen for and successfully completed the pilot scheme of the Unique Toddler Project with Staffordshire Early Years and is committed to promoting best practice within it's Toddler Room to ensure the best outcomes for all children.

Pre School

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MonsterLittle Monsters is a period Victorian house, with a large single storey extension and excellent disabled / pushchair access.

From the age of 3, the children move on to Pre School, where we place more emphasis on preparing the children for school. We introduce a more structured routine and slightly more formal way of learning, which takes the children on their continual journey towards their first year at school.

MonsterFrom this age we encourage more questioning by the children and continue to develop their early literacy & numeracy skills. Again, as in the Toddler Room, they do some activities, such as registration, story, singing & circle time in larger groups, while most of the activities are undertaken in smaller groups or in a 1:1 with their key person or other practitioner for concentrated learning / specifically focused activities.

MonsterWe work within the Letters and Sounds programme, which starts the children on the route to learning to read. This encompasses lots of rhyming activities, learning initial word sounds, recognising their own (and others') names, etc.

The children have the use of a PC, programmable robots, Leap Pads and other ICT equipment, which compliment the problem-solving and numeracy aspects of the curriculum.

MonsterOur focus however does not move away from making learning fun and learning through play and the children have a big influence on the activities throughout the day ~ both choosing and evaluating what they do.

As in the Toddler Room, potty / toilet training is undertaken in partnership with parents, as and when the child is ready. Our practitioners will support parents and children during this (sometimes difficult!) time, concentrating on progress and rewarding achievements.

MonsterAgain, the children also put on an annual Christmas production for parents & family members, which is great fun!

 

Short Days / Out of School Club

MonsterOf the 26 places in Pre School, up to 6 will be offered as split places.

The 5-10 year old school pupils use the places from 8.00 am to 8.40 am and 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm. The 35 year old nursery children from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm during term time.These short day places continue through the school holidays and can be utilised by those doing short days during term-time or 5-8 year olds.  Similarly, children aged 5-8 years can also attend for half or full days on a regular or ad-hoc basis, to suit parents’ needs.

Before school the older children can have breakfast, while the younger children arrive. The older children will have the opportunity for free play, reading, colouring, etc if not having breakfast.

MonsterAfter school, the younger children will have had their tea, leaving space for the older children to have theirs (sandwiches, crackers, fresh fruit & vegetables) while the younger ones have free play.

After tea, the older children will be given the option of quiet space to do their homework, or other pre-planned activities, away from the younger children. Alternatively, as the after school club is predominantly aimed at siblings of nursery children, they often wish to join in with their younger brothers / sisters. The aim is to give the older children time to relax after a day at school, with the opportunity to do their homework before they go home if they want to. It is a very relaxed environment and the after school children are involved in planning their own activities, or choosing what to do spontaneously.

MonsterThere will be a member of staff, qualified to NVQ III or equivalent and with experience of play work and older children, who is specifically responsible for these children.

The journey to / from school varies, depending upon the weather. If it is fine (with parental permission) we walk the half mile to & from school, as this helps promote a healthy way of life. If the weather is unsuitable, we use our 9-seater Renault Traffic to transport the children. School drop offs / collections are generally undertaken with at least one of the Proprietors.

How to Reserve Your Childs Place at Little Monsters Day Nursey

MonsterIf you wish your child to attend Little Monsters Day Nursery, we request a non-returnable deposit of 40.00 per child, which is required with your completed child application form. This includes a free 2-hour trial session before you start. We will then send you further forms and a contract to confirm your reservation.

In order to provide sufficient continuity and to enable us to provide the best quality childcare and education, the minimum number of sessions for part-time children is 2 sessions per week (morning or afternoon), or 1 full day.


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