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Sandhills Day Nurseries are Rated Outstanding with Ofsted

Child Activities

Babies

Our youngest members, aged up to about 2 years, occupy beautifully spacious, fully equipped playrooms with dedicated areas for changing.


We are very proud of our Baby suites where our babies are cared for by a long standing team of highly qualified and experienced Nursery Nurses. Our staff are carefully selected for their abilities and expertise with young babies.

We are very particular about standards of hygiene and throughout the Nursery, extra care and attention is taken. For example, all the toys and equipment used are washed with anti-bacterial solution or soaked in sterilising liquid on a regular basis (especially those toys put into mouths).

Dishwashers are used to ensure sterilisation of all cups, dishes and cutlery.

For babies being weaned their first foods are introduced in close consultation with parents. We are then able to offer a wide variety of nutritious home made baby foods specially prepared from fresh vegetables and fruit, with the gradual introduction of fish and meats (again in close liaison with parents). For our babies who are weaning we offer a cooked tea which is blended to suit the child’s capabilities.

Every effort is made in the communication between staff and parents to ensure complete confidence is maintained. Diaries/Day books are kept carefully in order that concise information about food intake, sleep times, and any other happenings can be given to parents on a daily basis.

The developmental activities for children in the Baby suite are planned on a weekly basis using the Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance by staff who have been trained in child development.

www.nationalstrategies.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/earlyyears


For children aged 0 – 2 years we provide a staff to child ratio of 1:3. As the babies in the Nursery become more and more confident on their feet and progress towards more social and gregarious play, we gradually introduce them to the next stages of development in the toddler age group (2-3 years).

Toddlers

As the children approach three, they begin to encounter a very simple structure to their day and will be given a wide variety of early learning experiences.


Working hand in hand with the EYFS, the educational development is overseen by our qualified Nursery Nurses on a day to day basis.

Planning for the toddlers follows the same format as pre-school and is tailored to meet the needs of the individual children each day.

The children in the Toddler room have lots of fun and their daily routines include planning for their individual interests through language development, singing, art and craft, imaginative play, dance and pencil/scissor control skills.

The children are given lots of help and re-assurance when they start toilet training and we work closely with our parents, during this important stage, so as to make it as smooth as possible.

The staff in this area have been selected for their experience with children of this age and to ensure that encouragement and cuddles are plentiful.

For children aged between 2 to 3 years we provide a staff to child ratio of 1:4.

Pre-school

In the pre-school, our older children (up to 5years) are taught, cared for and supervised by a team of fully qualified and experienced staff.


We use the six areas of learning from the EYFS to plan for each child and promote development on an individual basis.

We combine this with lots of fun and games to promote play with other children and social development.

Within our pre-school room we have an interactive whiteboard which is used as a teaching aid for staff when discussing topics with children. The children can also use it for activities or accessing Education City which is a website designed for children to learn about Letters and Sounds. When joining pre-school parents are given a log in code for the website and it can be accessed at home.

All areas of learning are equally important and underpinned by their key person.

For children aged 3 + years we provide a staff ratio of 1:8