In our Baby Room we have highly experienced staff whose main priority is to follow the home routine of each baby as closely as possible. Our baby room features a spacious play area in which we provide a variety of stimulating activities to promote your baby’s all-round development, as well as a quiet and secure sleeping area.
All activity planning is displayed on the room wall for you to view, and we encourage parents and caregivers to share ideas and home routines with us so that we can tailor each child’s learning experiences around their individual interests and needs.
We provide nappies and wipes, but ask that parents supply milk to ensure continuity between home and nursery. We are a breast feeding friendly nursery and our staff are trained in the storage and use of breast milk. We welcome you visiting to breast feed during the day where possible.
When your baby is around 14 months old and once they have found their feet we would hope to advance them to the Toddler Room. This would take place after discussions with yourself, lots of visits, and a warm welcome from their new key person.
The period in our Toddler Room provides a smooth transition to our Tweenie and Pre-school Room by adopting a more challenging and varied approach to the day. We begin to integrate activities such as painting, sand and water play, music, physical activity and much more. Our toddlers also enjoy an extensive range of quality toys and activities to promote their continuing development.
Each child’s day is recorded for you to take home so you know exactly what your child has been up to each day.
When you child is approximately 2 and a half years of age we would look to move them to our Tweenie Room.
Our Tweenie Room provides a more structured day with a much greater choice of learning opportunities including arts and crafts, construction activities, table top games and much more! We will also introduce early numeracy, literacy skills and activities designed to develop your child’s communication skills.
Each day our Tweenie children spend time outside in our dedicated play area.
At Holyrood Nursery Castleton our Preschool Room follows the Early Years foundation Stage and is recognised as a Holyrood Nursery is recognised as a Preschool centre by the local Education Department.
We pride ourselves on ensuring that when children leave our nursery to move on to school they do so confidently and independently, taking with them the enjoyment of learning and a pride in their achievements. We strive for your child to have the following skills when they leave nursery: demonstrating good observational skills, showing preliminary reading skills, recognising their own name and the ability to confidently control a pencil and form recognisable letters, showing creative skills and a knowledge of numbers. We celebrate independence and encourage this with positive experiences and lots of praise. We also encourage children to help with simple tasks around the nursery throughout the day, developing their confidence and independence.
We help to make the transition to school as smooth as possible for our children by forming relationships with their teachers, whom we invite into nursery and send letters to in the lead up to the start at ‘Big School’. We also record each child’s developments at nursery in a Learning Journey file which provides future teachers with an insight into their interests and also provides a lovely record of your child’s early years for you to keep and treasure.
Our outdoor area mirrors our indoor classroom, providing wonderful learning opportunities covering all areas of development. Our younger children access the garden in small groups throughout the day, enabling to mix with different age groups. Our Pre-school room offers continuous outdoor provision, enabling our children to choose where their learning takes place. The children are able to explore the outdoors, with a small nature garden for our babies to explore, and are also provided with planned activities. We have lots of learning experiences planting and sometimes we even manage to make things grow.