Sunbeams Jade.jpgWe understand that choosing the right care for your precious toddler is an extremely important decision. Children join us at Stationhouse around 18 months old and will be welcomed in to Sunbeams. From the first time you visit we will work with you to ensure that you and your child are comfortable in our surroundings and you are given as much information as possible to help you make an informed decision. We want you to feel proud of your child care choice.

Pouring.JPGEvery child is different and therefore you will meet the team to discuss the routine, activities and your insights into your child’s needs at this important stage of their development. With this information we are then able to tailor your toddler’s introduction to best suit both your needs. Our 18 month to 3 year old room has been purposefully designed to provide a warm, homely and stimulating environment with a staff ratio of at least one highly trained nursery practitioner to every three children if they are under two and one to every four children until they turn three.

During their day at nursery, your child will have the opportunity to play in the garden, be creative and take part in music and movement sessions. They will have free access to the sand and water trays that are filled with a variety of malleable and liquid mediums to help develop physical and sensory skills. There is also a choice of games, puzzles and construction equipment. The book corner is filled with a wide variety of books which children can look at by themselves as well as being read to in small groups. The children are encouraged to consider others by sharing and turn taking.

We have a ‘free flow’ environment where children are encouraged to make choices about the activities they would like to take part in. This could be dressing up in the Home Corner, painting, baking, and taking part in a planned activity, to activities that can be enjoyed whatever the weather in our outdoor play area.
At this age children will usually still have a sleep after lunch, when we ensure the room is softly lit and gentle music played to aid restful sleep and a much needed recharging of batteries!!

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This is an important stage where children are quickly developing their independence. Potty training can begin at any time and is always planned in close consultation with parents as mutual co-operation and consistency are so important. We will discuss the routine and strategies needed to support your child and keep you informed of progress. By working together we are sure of a successful and stress free outcome!

Balancing.jpgIn our outdoor classroom, we have plenty of space for the children to explore and be active, our willow tee-pee, play house and shade sails provide perfect shady areas for play, story and picnics or just somewhere nice to relax!! Physical activity and fresh air are extremely important for all of us, but we are extremely passionate about engendering a love of exercise and fresh air from the earliest age. To support us in this quest children take part in a variety of games and exercises and each week we are also joined by Lindsay who works with small groups of children in inspiring music and movement sessions.

Sunbeams and Dewdrops our pre-school room work closely together and often join for play, parties and special events. This enables children to learn from each other and also become Painting Sunbeams.jpgfamiliar with the team and environment in each room.
For your convenience, all meals, nappies, creams and sun creams are included. We only ask that you bring a change of clothes. All our meals are freshly prepared on site using locally sourced produce where possible. We cater for all dietary preferences and requirements and will discuss this in detail with you on registration.
For your piece of mind all of our core staff are fully qualified and have a Paediatric First Aid certificate. We are also hoping to be one of the first nurseries to receive a Millie’s Mark.


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