The Benjamin Bunnies Room
12 months to 24 Months (approx)
The Benjamin Bunnies room is located directly in front of the Tiggiwinkles, divided only by a picket fence, this is to make for smooth and easy transitions for such young children. As they are becoming ready to move to our Jeremy Fishers room, they spend time with the next room with their key person until they are happy and settled enough to move rooms, this is at around 24 months dependant on each individual child.
The ratio of staff is a minimum of 1:3. The staff members are:
NVQ Level 3 Early Years Educator
Joint Room Leader for Benjamin Bunnies
Full time Monday through to Friday
Trainee Level 5 in City and Guilds Enhanced Childhood Practise
Tuesday-Friday part time
Level 3 in Children’s Play, Learning an Development
Key Practitioner, full time Monday through to Friday
Level 3 in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
Key Practitioner, full time Monday through to Friday
The Benjamin Bunnies room is a large carpeted area with a smaller messy activity area with a non-slip safety flooring. The room is well resourced with low level tables and chairs for this age of children and low level open play boxes to allow the children to select their resources. There is a soft, snuggly area with cushions and a tepee for books and quiet times. A home corner for early role-play activities and the walls are covered in photographs showing the children at play inside and outside of the building.
The messy area is equipped with low level sand and water trays along with a low level table and chairs for mark making and malleable play. The creative trolley is open and has photographs of all of the available resources for the children to select from.
Within this room we now start to follow the nursery routine a copy of which is available on the web site and also displayed within each room.
Sleep for this age group is either within the sleep area in the Tiggiwinkles room or on beds put out each day after lunch when most children within our nursery building have a nap.
The children in the room have drinking water in labelled tippee cups available all day, the also have milk or water at snack and meal times.
As a nursery it is our policy to provide all milk and formula for the children in our setting, all feeding utensils and bottles are steam sterilised every day and the team are scrupulous regarding hygiene. All of the team are qualified with Food Hygiene and as a business we score 5 out of 5 with the local Environmental Health Team.
If you are breast feeding your child you can provide us with your bottles each morning for us to keep refrigerated until your baby is ready for their feed.
Our nursery provides your child with all their meals for the day. All food is prepared and cooked on the premises by one of our two cooks, who have both worked at the setting since 2002!
Please dress your baby in comfortable, warm and easily removable clothing. You will need to have at least three complete changes of clothes in their nursery bag in case of leakages one way or other! We recommend that ALL CLOTHING IS LABELLED and not any item that you are worried about getting messy!
In the winter your baby will need an “all in one” suit, hat, gloves and extra padders for outdoor wear. In the summer they will need a sun hat and a clearly labelled bottle of sun cream of factor 50 or above.
As they grow and start to walk they will also need indoor shoes/slippers and wellies for outdoors.
If your child has a special comforter please ensure this comes into nursery each day.
It is our policy to provide disposable nappies, wipes and sudo cream, if you are using other nappies and do not wish to use the nurseries supplies you will need to ensure that there is always a full supply in your child’s nursery bag.
Staff use gloves and aprons when changing nappies and the changing mat is cleaned thoroughly between each change. There is a wash hand basin within the nappy room with hand soap, and hands are washed between each nappy and also we have hand sanitizer’s throughout the nursery which the staff use in between each change.
Children suffer with teething in different ways, please ensure that you let the team know each day when you drop your child off, how they are, in particular if you think they might experience discomfort during the day due to teething. If necessary you could sign in some teething granules or pain relief to make them more comfortable during their day.
If your child is unwell enough to not be able to cope with a normal nursery day, please keep them with you at home. If your child has an infectious disease then it is very important that you notify the nursery manager and keep your child away from nursery for the allotted time, dependant on which illness your child has. If your child has been prescribed medication for an illness they will need to stay away from nursery for 48 hours, the same is the case for sickness and diarrhoea.
What happens if your child becomes ill during the nursery day? We will contact you and ask you to come and collect your child if they are not well enough to be at nursery, this could be because of a high temperature, maybe a rash or that they are just not well enough to be here.
Nursery is willing to administer medicine if necessary. You must complete a medication form in the office each morning to authorise us to do this. Any medication is administered by a member of management and observed by a second member of the team.
We record all accidents on an accident record form, if you child is hurt or injured in any way during the day you will be asked to sign the form when you collect that day. Also if your child has an accident at home we ask you to let us know. If your child incurs an injury to the head we will notify you during the day and also send home some helpful information for you to use at home.
As you will be aware the only time that nursery closes is on bank holidays and 5 working days between Christmas and new year, if you are on holiday outside of these times we ask that you let us know, so that we are clear on numbers for catering purposes.
This is vitally important to us, please ensure you pass on information each morning and likewise we will do the same at the end of each day. We complete a day sheet for your child every day, telling you details of your child’s day with us.
We email newsletters regularly and hard copies are available in the nursery reception, please help yourselves.
We also have parents evening throughout the year, when you book an appointment with your child’s key person, this is to have an update on their progress and for you to update us on the things they get up to at home!
Checklist for you nursery bag
|3 changes of clothes||Comforters||Coat||Hat||Gloves||Outdoor footwear|
|Sun hat||Sun cream||Slippers||Outdoor suit||Changes of pants*||2 photos of your child|