The Benjamin Bunnies Room
3 months to 20 Months (approx)
The Benjamin Bunnies room is located on the left side of the building. We are registered to take babies aged from 12 weeks. The room is divided into areas for them to explore, investigate and inspire their natural curiosity. As they are becoming ready to move to our Jeremy Fishers room, the children will sit at the table to eat and use a tippee cup with no lid to support a smooth transition at lunch times and sleep on a soft bed rather than a cot. They usually move into the Jeremy Fishers room at around 20 months, dependent on each individual child.
THIS ROOM IS LEAD BY
Alishia Smith- Full time
Amelia Robey-Full time
Assistant room leader
Degree in Early Years
The Benjamin Bunnies room is a large carpeted area with a slightly 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 resources for them to select from. There is a soft, snuggly area with cushions and a tepee for books and quiet times. A home corner for early role-play activities which includes fresh vegetables for the children to explore each week and recycled authentic resources.
The messy area is equipped with low level sand and water play along with a low-level table and chairs for mark making and malleable play.
Within this room we follow the children’s individual routine to begin with and then the children slowly adapt to follow the nursery routine a copy of which is available on the web site and displayed within each room.
Sleep for this age group is in the cot area separated from the main carpet area with room dividers, the children sleep in either cots or baby nests.
The children in the room have drinking water in labelled tippee cups available all day, they also have milk or water at snack and meal times.
As a nursery it is our policy to provide all milk (formula for under 1’s) 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, one of which has 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 regularly throughout the day.
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 our online system ‘famly’, if your child is hurt or injured in any way during the day you will be asked to acknowledge this through the app. 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. All information requiring your children such as nappies, sleep and eating are uploaded on to Famly and a general overview of what the children have been doing as a room while at Puddleducks is on the whiteboard in the garden for you to read at collection.
We upload newsletters and general information onto Famly regularly for you to read, if you require additional support reading this information, please let a member of the management team know.
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 cream||Slippers||Outdoor suit||Changes of pants*||2 photos of your child|
Due to covid-19 we have had to make a few amendments to our normal day to day routines these are:
- Parents are asked to wash their children’s hands using the outdoor sink in the nursery garden prior to entering then nursery building.
- Parents are asked to wash all snuggles before each session and all spare clothes must be inside a zip lock bag inside their bag ready for use.
- Only children who are symptom free or have completed the required isolation period should attend the setting. (No temperatures above 37.8)
- We will be asking adults on arrival if they have given their children temperature reducing medication within the last 12-hour period, such as Calpol or Nurofen. This will be done via by the person who sees the child in.
- Drop off or pick up MUST be done with only one family member.
- We keep windows open for ventilation.
- Parents are asked to wash all snuggles before each session and all spare clothes must be inside a zip lock bag inside the Puddleducks bag ready for use.
- All recourses will be sterilised at the end of each day ready for the next session.
- All washing at the nursery will be washed according to the NHS guidelines.