Playrooms

Baby Room 0-1 years old
Our Promise to You
At little Flowers we know just how important quality childcare for your baby is to you; we promise that we will do our utmost to care for your baby the way that you want him/her cared for. Because of this we will follow as near as possible the routines that you have created in your home. So that a relationship is built between yourself and your baby's key worker, you will be welcomed into the playroom every morning so that you can chat with the staff; they can then follow on from your care.
Keeping you Informed
When you collect your baby you will be given a rundown of his/her day, so that you know exactly what he/she has been doing, you will be given your child's daily diary to take home with you. Should you require support or help from the staff, they will be happy to advise you or point you in the right direction.
Essentials
to keep continuity from home to nursery we ask that parents supply the nursery with your own nappies, baby cream and wipes as necessary. Bottles need to be ready made and baby food should be brought in from home in suitable containers. Packet foods can be made up upon request. All foods/bottles should be marked for storage in the dedicated baby refrigerator until required. For your convenience bibs and toothbrushes are provided at nursery. Please ensure your baby has a complete set of spare clothes each day.
Your Baby's Progression
whilst attending the baby room your child will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of experiences based around the principles of The Scottish Government’s Pre Birth To Three Guidance. Staff will support this to encourage their development and learning. Around the age of 12 to 14 months when babies are more mobile and active the staff will let you know when your child will move on to the Tweenie Room and your child will be gradually settled into the next developmental stage.
Tweenie Room 1-2 years old
Around the age of 14 - 22 months as the children progress from the babyroom their needs are provided for in the Tweenie Room. The children have the same opportunities to explore a wide range of experiences based around the principles of The Scottish Government’s Pre Birth To Three Guidance. Staff continue to support this and encourage their development and learning. As well as participating in small group activities the children can access some resources and materials themselves promoting independence and freedom of choice. In discussion with your child’s key worker at around 24 months your child will progress to the toddler group.
Toddler Room 2-3 years old
At this stage children have an opportunity to discover more of their own independence and are provided with lots of opportunities to develop their social skills. Staff will identify the individual needs of each child and plan their activities accordingly. At this stage the use of The Scottish Government’s Pre Birth To Three Guidance continues to support staff practice.
Pre School Room 3-5 years old
The Preschool Room continues to extend your child's learning and development by following the Curriculum for Excellence.
Routine
Children’s Choice relates to the principle of “Personalisation and Choice” where children should be given opportunities for engaging in responsible personal choice.

Key Worker Together Time relates to the principle of “Personalisation and Choice”. This time allows staff the opportunity to listen and provide for children’s particular individual interests or talents. It also allows children to consider and become responsible for their learning.

Learning Experiences relate to all 7 of the principles of Curriculum for Excellence. 
“Challenge and Enjoyment” – Children should feel motivated and challenged when engaging in learning experiences.
“Breadth” – Children should have the opportunity to engage in a range of learning experiences.
“Progression” – each learning experience should build upon previous knowledge and achievements.
“Depth” – Children should have the opportunity to engage in a learning experience but also apply the skill being developed in other areas.
“Personalisation and Choice” – all children are encouraged to choose whether they wish to participate in any given learning experience.
“Coherence” – all learning experiences should encompass different areas of the curriculum.
“Relevance” – all activities should be purposeful and develop life skills.

Outdoor Play gives children the opportunity to engage in learning experiences specifically relating to Health and Wellbeing as well as encompassing other curriculum areas.

Songs and Story Time gives children the opportunity to come together and have fun whilst building positive relationships.

 

Wider Experiences
Drama takes place on a Monday pm and Tuesday am led by Karen Moir our Drama Teacher. The children participate in a range of drama based learning that enhances their creativity, imagination, vocabulary, performing skills and confidence.

Pyjama Drama takes place on a Tuesday am with Lisa. The children within the Tweenies and Toddler playrooms participate in a range of music and movement, encouraging imagination, creativity, language skills and building confidence.

3D Mind Mapping and Talking Thinking Floor Books is the very beginning of our planning process. We use real life objects (not toys) to stimulate discussion in order to find out the children’s initial level of knowledge of the chosen topic. From this staff carry that learning and knowledge forward to extend the children’s learning experiences of real life for example Where does fruit come from?, How do bees make honey etc?

Fun Ways to Listen, our Pre School staff run this programme which was developed by Renfrewshire Council. It helps children to learn to listen for and follow specific instructions whilst engaging in positive social behaviour. This is offered in small groups of 8 children in order to allow the children the opportunity to remain focused on the given task.

Circle Time is led by Pre School staff and children. Children engage in this within their key worker groups and is planned for in a responsive way either from interests, achievements or behaviours observed within the key worker group. Examples of learning experiences vary from the introduction of a new child to the group, focus on a golden rule through to learning about being a good friend or sharing achievements. Circle time demonstrates the importance of being part of a group, being able to express yourself and it also encourages positive social behaviour.

The music programme “Music Express” is carried forward by the Pre School staff. The programme contains different sections which offer learning for the children about different styles of music, music vocabulary, the use of instruments and the use of voice.

Fun Ways to Talk, our Pre School staff run this programme which was developed by Renfrewshire Council. It helps children to develop confidence, self esteem and a sense of security. Develops a range of communication skills. Develops understanding of language whilst also develops expressive language. This is offered in small groups of 8 children in order to allow the children the opportunity to remain focused on the given task.

Effective strategies we adopt in Pre School
Voting Sticks – These are used as a method of consulting with children on a day to day basis in relation to resource choices and learning experiences.

Literacy Case – This is used as a tool to promote early mark making and literacy awareness involving every day experiences such as letter writing, note taking and offers the opportunity to create tickets, telephone books etc.
Numeracy Bag – This will be used as a tool to promote the wide learning and experiences that cover mathematics in Curriculum for Excellence from number to shape and information handling and problem solving.

Billy Bear Golden Rules – promote positive behaviour and present children with social expectations. Please see displays located in all 3 playrooms.

Positive Reward Charts – these are used to encourage children in striving towards achievements in learning and development within the 4 capacities of Curriculum for Excellence. These can be viewed in your child’s key worker lunch room.

Assessment is for Learning – We use the traffic lights system for summative assessment. Thumbs Up is used for reflection on learning. In learning experiences we will be introducing WALT and WILF (We Are Learning To / What I am Looking For). Smiley Faces: likes/dislikes. This is another way to find out what the children are thinking and they can give their answer in a way that they understand. You will see examples of this when looking through the floor books. Please ask staff for further information.

E-Profiles – Are used as an effective tool to promote and share information with parents in relation to their child’s individual development in line with the experiences and outcomes in curriculum for excellence. There are also sections within this profile to log wider achievements and these profiles contain useful and informative links to relevant local and national documents.

Home Link Jotter – The Home link jotter (which will be provided) which will be used as a record & celebration of your child’s achievements. In line with our parent partnership policy we ask that you the parent take responsibility for offering your child the learning experience each week as well as where necessary the recording of the achievement. By engaging in this home link we as partners in your child’s learning hope your child will see how the skills we strive to develop can be applied to real life situations. Every child will have an allocated day to both take and return their jotters e.g. take Monday evening and return following Monday morning. The home link jotter box will be located in the main entrance.

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Little Flowers Nursery
Little Flowers Limited
Registered office:
2 Victoria Place, Rutherglen
Glasgow
G73 2JP
Company No. SC288529
Email: info@littleflowersnursery.com

Phone: 0141 886 6123
Mobile: 07947 593 264

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