Baby Room (0-12 months)
Activities, resources and environment in our baby room expose babies to sensory stimulation, physical stimulation, challenge, communication and learning. Using tactile play equipment, activity gyms, ’messy play’, textured materials, shape, weight, sound and smell, your baby will be able to explore, experience and learn through play. Childcare practitioners always have time to cuddle and play with your baby promoting a secure and loving bond, providing stimulation and encouraging communication. Parents will receive a written summary in the individual daily diary/communication journal on Nursery In A Box of how your baby spent the day, the fun activities carried out, food consumption and nappy changes. The baby room team are always available for a full verbal handover in both the mornings and evenings to discuss your child’s day.
Toddler Room (12months-2 year)
As children become more mobile, greater emphasis is placed on physical activity whilst still exposing your child to the sensory, communication and learning elements of play. During this stage of development your child will reach some important physical milestones none more amazing than crawling and walking. We at the Unicorn Nursery Salford actively encourage the development of mobility through secure and supportive bonds with the childcare practitioners, the provision and use of excellent resources and indoor climbing/exploring frames to encourage and support toddlers at this important developmental stage. Your child will receive lots of encouragement, support and most important praise. As your child’s confidence, independence and ability grows we focus on self-care activities such as dressing up, role-play, independent drinking/feeding at tables and toileting. Parents will receive a written summary in the individual daily diary/communication journal on Nursery In A Box of how your baby spent the day, the fun activities carried out, food consumption and nappy changes.
Growing Toddlers Nursery 2 (2-3 years)
Nursery 2 for our growing older toddlers is where children are introduced to a more structured daily routine. Group activities are emphasised, peer group interests and relationships supported and children encouraged to develop key social and communication skills through play. Interaction with adults is also key as your child will have definite ideas, likes, dislikes and opinions that need to be communicated. Freedom of choice and decision making will be encouraged which will help your child to develop their own personality, independence and confidence in themselves. It is this stage in your child’s development that they will form relationships and real friendships with other children in the nursery. This social development is encouraged in order to promote communication, understanding, tolerance and sharing. Activities will be organised to explore language, number recognition, shapes, sizes and patterns. We also ensure that children’s creative needs are met with daily creative/messy play activities, free access to mark making/junk modelling resources. Exposure to music, dance and song on a daily basis enables us to engage with and support children of all abilities, cultures and languages whilst coupling these fun activities with physical exercise.
Your child will be encouraged to enjoy and utilise our range of resources, equipment and creative/messy play during free play periods. Access to our expansive and imaginative outside area is available in all weathers should children choose to do so. We also encourage periods of free flow between nursery 2 room and our pre-school room, enabling children to choose their play partners, their activities and which childcare practitioners to bond with on any given day. This relationship between both nursery 2 and pre-school children is a positive and supportive one, it encourages choice, independence, tolerance and sharing of ideas, resources and practitioners.
Parents will receive a written summary in the individual daily diary/communication journal on Nursery In A Box of how your child spent the day, the fun activities carried out, food consumption and toileting where applicable.
Pre-School (3-5 years)
The Unicorn Nursery Salford is committed to the Early Years Foundation curriculum and supports both children and parents through this period of development, curricular learning and transition. We work closely with local schools to ensure that all children are ready for school in a confident and independent manner having achieved the goals we and parents set for the children to be the best they can be. We aim to ensure that children achieve to the best of their ability in each area of the EYFS curriculum, maintaining the guidelines and standards set by OFSTED. Children will develop at their own pace with practitioners at The Unicorn Nursery Salford trained to identify children’s individual needs. Group activities will be tailored to meet the early learning goals, supporting children through each of the goals whilst maintaining and encouraging their own interests and ideas. Children are assigned a key worker who will monitor your child through all of the early learning areas listed below tailoring activities and goals to their specific needs. An Observation/Developmental journal in conjunction with secure online access to Tapestry will be prepared from the start of your child’s time with us. Learning through play is of paramount importance at this challenging time, children will be given a voice within the nursery, their interests will be listen to and inform planning and practice. We will listen and follow areas/ideas the children would like to explore, experience, create and do. Confidence will be encouraged and supported to enable children to make decisions, take risks and be given informed choices. Our pre-school nursery room is excellently resourced and equipped to nurture all areas of learning in conjunction with direct access to our all weather outside facilities. We endeavour to give every child the opportunity to be the best they can be, feel like they have achieved whilst being secure in the knowledge that they are respected and loved in our nursery. Parents will receive a written summary in the individual daily diary/communication journal on Nursery In A Box of how your child spent the day, the fun activities carried out, food consumption and toileting where applicable.
Here at The Unicorn Nursery we follow the EYFS curriculum
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