At Little Angels we aim to provide our children with the skills and confidence to help them become confident, self-assured individuals who have an enthusiasm to learn. The facilities are bright, attractive, warm and inviting and are specifically designed to enhance the children's learning and well-being. The outside area has been fully developed and equipped to allow the children the freedom to play safely, using a mixture of imagination and natural resources.
1-4 Paradise Row
Our babies from 5 - 15 months have access to two purpose built rooms; our upstairs room has lots of natural resources, as well as a a separate sleep room. Our downstairs room not only has lots of natural light, thanks to its' extended conservatory, but also a sensory room with lots of different stimulating resources.
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Our 15 months - 2 year olds
Groupings of children in our under-2s rooms are deliberately kept small to foster a homely feel to nursery. It doesn't maximise profit but it maximises quality and means children's emotional security is strong throughout the setting. Visiting professionals and prospective parents often comment on how they don't hear children crying and that our children are very confident.
Our 2-3 year olds
Carefully planned transitions retain children's emotional security. Four-week transitions between age groups involve an exchange whereby existing key workers visit the new groups with their children, while new key workers visit the children's previous group. At each point of transition (there are three transitions for children who have joined as babies and stay until school age) parents and key workers jointly review a transition document which updates information on each child's achievements and interests, and what makes them special.
Our 3 - 4 year olds
We have found it useful to pinpoint changes in routines at home or any new interests a child may have developed. These run alongside once-a-term parent open evenings where key workers put on display a range of photographs and even video clips of children during their days at nursery.
Getting the environment right
Our environment is crucial to offering appropriate challenges through planned purposeful play and it has taken us many years to get to where we are now. A timely refurbishment as part of the Neighbourhood Nursery Initiative in 2004 ensured that we were able to introduce a multi-sensory room that offers visual stimulus, particularly for the youngest babies but also for all children who love to visit the relaxing, quiet space. We also created our over-3s kitchen and tailored all the rooms to have baby change facilities and art sinks in every base room, or just off the base room. This means our staff have everything to hand when they are in the play spaces and the routines of the day flow with minimal interruptions. Handwashing before meals and toothbrushing afterwards have become much more straightforward - but more importantly it means that children receive more time throughout their sessions for children to direct their own play.