Age Range 3 months to 18 months [guide only]
The Baby room is designed to aid the child’s developmental needs and this is achievable by employing qualified, experienced and competent staff who understand the needs of children under 18 months and can provide suitable stimulus and a productive environment.
Age ranges are as follows: 3 – 6 months, 6 – 9 months and 9 –12 months & 12 – 18 months. Your child will be provided with experiences relevant to their age and/or stage of development, encouraging physical and intellectual growth, whilst at the same time continually aiding your child’s social and emotional development. Developmental charts are kept for each of the above stages and may be viewed by you at any time.
Floor toys, activity mats, books, holistic baskets and construction boxes will help your child develop fine and gross motor control, whilst group activities such as painting, water play and play dough will aid in promoting confidence and self awareness skills. Weather permitting the babies will also venture out to the garden, where they can interact with the older children. We are delighted to welcome older siblings into our baby room at any stage to visit.
We ask you to give us a written routine, prior to your child beginning in the Creche. This routine should include: sleep and feeding patterns as well as play and nurturing preferences i.e. how your baby likes to be held or comforted, do they have a pet name etc. Once you and your baby have settled into Creche life, we will discuss how we feel the routine is working and if there are any changes that we feel would be beneficial to you and your child. Routines are based on well-researched practises that are age appropriate and in accordance with childcare experts. We are also delighted for parental involvement and input.
A settling in period is recommended by us in order for you and your child to gradually settle into the Crèche. See Policy and Procedure Booklet. Usually a settling in period last for the week before the child is due to start.
Please provide two changes of clothes for your baby and leave these in his/her bag. All of your baby’s belongings should be clearly labelled.
The cot room is situated beside the Baby Room. There is a viewing window and baby monitor. Children are physically checked every 10 minutes whilst sleeping.
Once your child is fully weaned and has been introduced to a variety of solids the Creche will supply all meals. All meals will be liquidised as necessary. When your child begins to grow teeth we will advise you when we feel your child’s meals should become lumpier.
The Creche does not provide Baby Milk or Baby juice. All milk should come to the Creche ready made; the bottle should be clearly labelled. Please inform a member of staff how you wish the bottle to be heated. Milk, juice and food are placed in the refrigerator in the kitchen.
If your child uses a soother, blanket or comforter, these may be brought into the Creche, please however double check that they are in your child’s bag before you leave the Creche. All soothers will be placed in sterile containers in between use. This can dis-colour the teet of the soother after time.