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An Introduction to our Pips

 

We hope that your child’s journey starts here at Orchard Day Nursery until they are ready to make the big step to move on to school. Our rooms are set up to meet the needs of all children, nurturing all of their key stages through the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

 

This starts with our baby room (Pips).  Our starting point with you and your child will be to offer a home visit. The key person will visit you and your child at home to learn all about their individual daily routine, key information regarding health and well-being and to spend some time playing with your child.  

 

Following on from the home visit, we offer an open ended introductory period to enable you and your child to settle in with us over a period of time. These sessions can be booked during times that are convenient to you and are normally for about one-two hours each time (although this can vary for each child) You are invited to stay with your child until you (and he/she) feels ready. This settling in period is offered to all children as they move from room to room throughout the Nursery.

 

From your child’s very first day we will start to capture all those magical moments on camera and monitor their progress through our online learning journal ‘Tapestry’ please follow this LINK for much more information.

 

Here is a brief snapshot into the ‘day in a life as a pip’…

 

A Day in the Life of “Pips”…

 

Routine is an extremely important part of a baby’s life. In order to feel secure, confident and contented, a baby needs to know that what stands today will stand tomorrow.

 

Our routine is based around the same type of activities each day to accomplish continuity.

A brief explanation of our day follows; (This timetable is only a guide as with babies it is not possible to be kept to the minute. Obviously meal times and nappy changing times, other than ‘extra’ nappy changes will be kept to)

 

8.00 Babies Arrive / Free Play 

Breakfast is given to those who require it. Babies enjoy the continuous provision of toys and creative activities or ‘messy’ play.

 

9.50 Circle time

Everyone sits together to sing songs, dance, listen to stories or do finger rhymes.

 

10.00 Snack time and Nappy Changes

Everyone sits together to enjoy a healthy fruit snack and babies have their nappies changed.

 

10.45 Outdoor Play

Babies are supervised while playing in our secure “Baby Garden” or playground. Sometimes babies may go for a walk in the buggies or will have the opportunity for physical play indoors if the weather is not so good.

 

11.45 Lunch Time

Everyone sits together to enjoy healthy, home cooked lunches and puddings.

 

12.45 Free Play and Nappy Changes

Continuous provision of toys and activities, babies have their nappies changed.

 

1.00 Session Change Over

 

1.10 Sleep / Quiet time & Free Play

Babies can have a sleep or a rest according to their individual routines or join in quiet relaxing activities.

 

2.00 Free Play/Creative activity        

Babies enjoy the continuous provision of toys and creative activities or ‘messy’ play.

 

3.00 Outdoor Play

Babies are supervised while playing in our secure “Baby Garden” or playground. Sometimes babies may go for a walk in the buggies or will have the opportunity for physical play indoors if the weather is not so good.

 

3.50 Circle time

Everyone sits together to sing songs, dance, listen to stories or do finger rhymes.

 

4.00 Tea Time

Everyone sits together to enjoy high-tea.

 

4.45 – 6pm

Free Play, Nappy Changes and Home Time.

Continuous provision of toys and activities, babies have their nappies changed.

 

Daily Diaries

At the end of each session for your information and reassurance, you will be given your baby’s Daily Diary sheet. If your baby has meals during their session, your key person will assist your baby in feeding, then complete the appropriate box with details of what has actually been eaten.

 

In the box marked ‘Nappy Changes’ your key person will fill in the times that your baby was changed and will mark it with either W for a wet nappy or S for a soiled one.

 

The ‘Please could I have some more:’ box will be written in if your baby is running low on essentials such as nappies or wipes, and serves as a reminder for you to bring fresh supplies.

 

When I slept’ is completed after any periods of sleep, so you have a record of the times your baby went to sleep, woke up and the total length of each sleep.

 

‘I had medicine today’ will only be completed on the odd occasion when we need to administer medication to your baby. This will only be done with prior permission from you, and once the medication has been administered the box will be completed with details of the medicine name, the dose given and the time(s) it was administered. This also serves as a reminder to you, to sign your baby’s medication record which is kept in the Baby Room.

 

The ‘I am in the accident book today because’ box is really self-explanatory. It will contain all details of any accidents, no matter how minor, that has involved your baby, and serves as a reminder for you to sign an accident form which is kept in the Baby Room.

 

The ‘What I did and how I have been’ box will contain information that is personal to your child, regarding how he/she has been feeling, for example; “I have been full of smiles and giggling a lot today,”  and an insight into the activities your baby has taken part in. Even down to the slightest detail of particular toys or friends that your baby has enjoyed playing with.

 

Your Daily Diary sheets are for you to keep, to look back on in years to come with the child who was once a little baby in our care.

 

Changes to your baby’s routine

As your baby grows, his/her daily routine will gradually change. Therefore we will need to be informed, on a regular basis, of these changes so we are able to adapt to suit their needs. Your baby’s key person should be informed of any changes, and will ensure that your instructions are carried out.

 

Identifying Personal Belongings

Although Orchard will provide all the bowls, spoons, bedding and bibs for your baby during their sessions, you will be required to provide a few of their personal belongings, such as bottles or beakers of juice/milk, spare clothing, nappies and wipes. As you can appreciate, we care for up to twelve babies a day and it can be difficult to find your baby’s cup or bottle amongst all the others unless it has a name on it to identify it as theirs. That is why we ask that you please mark all your baby’s belongings with a permanent marker to avoid confusion. If you would like any further advice on marking belongings, please feel free to discuss this with your child’s key person.

 

HANDY CHECKLIST OF THINGS YOUR BABY WILL NEED

 

NAPPIES

WIPES

NAPPY CREAM

TEETHING GEL / GRANULES

EMERGENCY PARACETAMOL (CALPOL)

BEAKER/CUP/BOTTLES

CHANGE OF CLOTHING (SUITABLE FOR ALL WEATHERS)

COMFORTER (IF NEEDED)

*PLEASE ENSURE ALL BELONGINGS ARE NAMED.

 

 

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