The Jeremy Fishers Room
20 months to 31 months (approx)
The Jeremy Fishers room is located to the right-hand side of the nursery building and is spread across two rooms, to the front a carpeted room and the rear a messy activity room fitted with a non-slip safety flooring. The children stay in this room until they are ready to move into our Pre-school building which is located a short walk away in an outdoor classroom in the grounds of our local Primary School. As always, the move to the pre-school is based on the individual child’s needs and development, usually between, two and a half and three.
The ratio of staff is a minimum of 1:4. The lead staff members are:
Fahiza Mahmood– Full time
Holly Houghton- Full time
Assistant Room leader
The front room is a carpeted area with a home corner, book area and a variety of authentic and natural resources to create wonder and awe within the environment having opportunities to access all the resources they would like, developing choice and also knowing how to look after and tidy resources. The room is set out with a range of carpet and tabletop activities with age-appropriate resources, slightly more structured than the Benjamin Bunnies, preparing them for the next stage of their learning.
The room to the rear also doubles as the eating room! The Jeremy Fishers’ have access to this room all day for messy activities and cooking. It is equipped with a sand and water tray and a well-stocked art trolley for malleable, mark making and creative activities. In the Jeremy Fishers room, they cook every week on different days so that all children can access this.
In the Jeremy Fishers we follow the nursery routine, a copy of which can be found on the web site and one is displayed in each room.
Sleeping at this age is on beds that we put out after lunch every day, the lights are all turned off and soft music is played and magically all the children fall asleep.
The children in the room have drinking water available all day, the also have milk or water at snack and mealtimes.
As a nursery it is our policy to provide all milk and (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 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, we have hand sanitizers throughout the nursery which the staff use frequently.
As and when your child is ready to start using the toilet/potty please let a member of the team know, or if you wish to discuss this before you embark on training come and talk to us and we will give you some guidance. We do not recommend the use of ‘pull-ups’, as they still feel like a nappy, we just ask that you send plenty of clean pairs of pants during this time. We will make a sticker reward chart to keep at nursery for each time your child uses the toilet/potty and would suggest that you make one for home too, again if you would help with this please let us know.
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 you child is hurt or injured in any way during the day you will be asked to acknowledge the form online. 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 send home some helpful information for you to use at home.
As you will be aware the only time that nursery closes are 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 your nursery bag
|3 changes of clothes
|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.