Little Monkeys is our specialist baby facility on the second floor of the Nursery. Children are aged from 3 months to approximately 16 months old.
Your child will move up into the toddler room when it is felt that they are emotionally and physically ready. This transition will be discussed with you.
Children in Little Monkeys are cared for as they would be at home whenever possible. Practitioners will support you and your child in adapting routines which will help your child to settle into the Nursery environment.
These routines are to provide continuity and to ensure your child feels safe and secure, which is paramount in young children.
Little Monkeys is registered for eight babies/young children and we work to a 1:3 adult/child ratio.
Little Monkeys is a single open space, which is carpeted throughout apart from an area of linoleum.
The linoleum area is used at meal times as a feeding area. Whenever possible children are seated together to make meal times a social occasion.
In addition to this space there is also a separate sleep room, with cots and nappy changing facilities.
Practitioners create a well balanced curriculum that focuses upon play and structured activities.
Stimulation and one to one interaction is vital to support a baby’s development. Practitioners provide stimulating activities and experiences that are safe and encourage the baby’s natural curiosity.
Specialist Baby Equipment
Furniture and resources used in Little Monkeys is appropriate to the specific age range.
A range of different coloured and textured toys, play resources and equipment is provided to promote all areas of learning. These include natural resources such as sand and water as well as resources made from plastic, wood and cloth.
Babies are also given opportunities to experiment and explore other media such as paint, glue and corn-flour. This play encourages individual children to develop the confidence to explore different textures and senses creatively and is the basis for developing mark making skills.
A language rich environment plays a vital part in influencing a young child's social development and promotes the development of early communication skills.
Our practice at Osborne House Community Nursery encourages this by modelling language throughout play, talking, singing and reading books to young children and babies. Songs and lullabies are used everyday to encourage communication and playful responses.
Mealtimes and Feeds
Osborne House Community Nursery will provide a home cooked, main meal at lunch time for your child from approximately 1 year old.
Before this time, you will be required to either provide baby jars/dried packet food or food prepared at home.
If you wish your child to have a Nursery lunch before approximately 1 year old then you will be required to complete these details on your child’s Registration/Room Information form on admission into the Nursery.
Practitioners will work in partnership with you to support you and your child throughout the weaning process, introducing lumpy, finger and solid foods.
For children who still have milk feeds as part of their routine, Osborne House Community Nursery requires you to provide both the sterilised bottles and the required milk.
You will be required to give details relating to the types of feeds you will be providing on your child’s Registration/Room Information form on admission into the Nursery.
This routine is used as guidance. Children are never forced to take part in activities which restrict their own interests or routine.
Nappies are checked regularly and changed when needed in addition to the scheduled time slots for nappies to be changed.
Each individual child’s routine is followed in relation to sleeps and feeds, the daily routine focuses on activities that are available during each session.
8.00 – 8.30 – Good Morning/Breakfast Time in Honey Bears
8.30 - 9.50 – Free-flow (free play) between Little Monkeys/Landing and Honey Bears
9.50 – 10.20 – Hello song/Hand-washing/Snack time
- 10.20-11.00 – Free-play* including promoting 'tummy time'
- 10.30-11.00 – Nappy changing
11.00 – 11.40 - Outside Play/Pram walks
11.40 – 11.55 - Free-play*
11.55 – 12.00 - Hand-washing/Preparing for Lunch, including singing
12.00 – 12.30 – Lunch Time
12.30 – 1.00 – Free Play/Preparing for children leaving or joining/Nappy Changing
1.00 – P.M session begins/ Greet new children/Free-play*
2.30 – Snack available for children who are awake/Hand-washing/free-play*
2.30 – 3.50 - Free-play* including promoting 'tummy time'
- 3.10 - 3.30 – Nappy changing
- 3.30 - 3.50 – Outside play (children who are awake)
3.50 – 4.00 – Hand-washing/Preparing for Tea, including singing
4.00 – 4.30 – Tea Time
4.30 – 6.00 – Free-flow (free play) between Little Monkeys/Landing and Honey Bears, or outside play/Nappy Changing/Feeding back to parents/carers
*Free play, with planned adult led activities e.g. craft