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.
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, and for messy play. 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.
Children in the room are encouraged to come together and participate in an adult led activity for a short period of time, appropriate to their age.
These ‘group times’ aim to promote social interactions between the children, their peers and their carers and also promote ‘Areas of Learning’, such as:
Communication, Language and Literacy - Listening to a stories/Modelling and copying sounds
Expressive Arts and Design –Learning/joining in with songs and exploring instruments
Mathematical development – Learning songs with numbers
Physical development – Music and movement activities
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 their 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.
Makaton, a type of baby signing, is also used alongside the spoken word in the routine, as well as in play and music and rhyme activities, to promote understanding and develop communication skills.
Mealtimes and Feeds
Osborne House Community Nursery will provide a hot cooked, main meal at lunch time when your child is at the appropriate weaning stage to have the food types on our nursery menu’s.
If you feel your child is not at the appropriate weaning stage to have the food on the nursery menu you will be required to either provide baby jars/dried packet food or food prepared at home.
Practitioners will work in partnership with you, supporting 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.
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
8.30 - 9.50 – Free-flow (free play) between Little Monkeys/Landing/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/Honey Bears, or outside play/Nappy Changing/Feeding back to parents/carers
*Free play, with planned adult led activities e.g. craft