Babies Room – 3 months to 2.5 years old
In our babies room we provide a day filled with plenty of interactions, fun, communication, and learning. We do this through planning for the children based on their learning and parent involvement. Our babies’ room was purpose built to ensure a safe, welcoming, and quite environment for our children, with plenty of space and natural lighting. The space is self-contained and provides a separate sleep room for the children to have undisturbed rest times. All equipment is designed especially for children under the age of two while promoting holistic development, and extension of their learning. Children’s routines from home are followed and our caring staff is always there to put your mind at ease. Each day you will receive a report outlining what your child has eaten, bottles, any medication received, nappy changes, and something special your child has enjoyed throughout the day.
Painting, drawing, using dye, and making play dough we enjoy exploring all sorts of visual artistry. Creative art develops hand eye coordination and small motor skills as well as learning about colours, shapes and textures. Although some of our children can’t speak yet, they are more than able to communicate through their art!
Exploring the dolls, pretend cooking in the kitchen area and dressing up in different outfits is a great use of imagination and a great way to role play. Children enjoy modelling real life experiences and develop their own self help skills through their created experiences. The children learn to communicate with each other to share their experiences together.
Threading materials, screwing items together, blocks, train tracks, and stacking toys are just a few examples of our manipulative play activities. Our age appropriate resources challenge our children thinking to refine small motor skills and hand-eye coordination. An understanding of spatial awareness is created when the objects fit together not to mention a sense of pride of the achievement!
Our mat times are a lovely way for our children to get together and shares songs, stories and learn about different interests. Mat time promotes healthy language development and provides opportunities for sharing which builds social confidence. It is also a great way for our young ones to develop memory and concentration skills.
This sensory learning experience can range from gloop to shaving foam and allows our children to learn about tactile play whilst learning about hygiene practices. Our children love to express their creativity through messy play and engage with others through this spontaneous play.
Music and movement
There is nothing more enjoyable than having a boogie with the babies! Creating music and dancing is a great way for us to express ourselves and learn more about the way we move. Singing encourages pre–literacy skills and enhances speech. When we dance we learn more about cultures and build relationships.
The playground is shared with the Toddlers room, and is designed to be all weather and age appropriate. In this space we love to build sand castles, explore water play (in summer time), zoom around on the bikes, play amongst the trees, and climb obstacle courses. These fun activities encourage an appreciation of the natural world through sensory exploration and provide an area where children gain increasing control of their bodies. Positive relationships flourish with the Toddlers teachers and older children and everyone develops a sense of enjoyment in participation.
Reading and early literacy
We love reading stories together and building language through conversation. Through reading with each other there is a greater development of imaginative play and communication skills. Our children have an appreciation for a range of stories and enjoy a sense of wellbeing through hearing their favourite stories being read.
Planning for learning
Our effective programme is based on the children’s interests and follows the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki. We believe in creating an environment where children love learning, and are immersed in literacy and numeracy as part of what looks like play.