I provide free access to a wide range of toys and resources promoting all areas of a child’s development. I have jigsaws, books, musical instruments, garage and cars, dolls and pushchair, train sets, board games, lacing beads, fuzzy felts, mega bloks, wooden bricks, stacking blocks, safari mat and animals, dolls house, dressing up, ride on toys, push along walkers plus many other toys for babies and toddlers.
Toys are regularly rotated and new toys are either bought or borrowed from the toy library on a regular basis. The children enjoy a daily story and are free to read alone at anytime.
Art & Craft
I provide many craft activities that everyone enjoys such as painting, drawing, gluing, papier-mâché, play-dough, clay modelling, baking and many others.
We sing songs and rhymes and play games such as Simon says, musical chairs/statues hopscotch and football.
Children have access to the outdoors daily and I ask parents to provide suitable outdoor clothing so that children can have fun experiencing all weather conditions. I have a very safe, level and fully enclosed garden the children enjoy playing with sand 'n' water, bats, numerous sized balls, ride on/push along toys and having fun building dens and obstacle courses.
We regularly go to the library so there is always a fresh selection of books and story sacks available, children are given the opportunity to choose books themselves. We visit the local parks and enjoy nature walks, always making the most of a sunny day with a picnic.
I attend local childminding, toddler and soft play sessions where children have the opportunity to interact and socialise with others.
We go on local day trips to Horseworld,
I provide a separate rest room for babies and young children to sleep, although if a child prefers they are always welcome to curl up on the sofa for a rest.
For older children not needing a nap then quiet time is spent reading, playing quietly with jigsaws, fuzzy felts, beads or craft activity, this gives them a little time out to recharge their batteries.
Toys from home and TV
Children are welcome to bring comfort items from home such as bedtime teddy, blanket or dummy these items will be kept safe in the child's bag until needed.
If a child brings toys from home into the setting they must be willing to share these with all the children and I will not be held responsible for the safety of the item if it is lost or broken.
The television may be put on for ½ hour if requested by the children, this is only occasionally on an afternoon as they are usually far too busy and engaged in other activities.
A daily diary is provided for babies and young children, which can be taken home to read. This will record any achievements as well as covering all meals and snacks, daily activities and toys that have been played with. Any comments a parent wishes to add are appreciated as the diary can be useful way of exchanging information.