12 months to 18 months
Our Octopus’ room is the base for our more mobile babies within the Nursery. The babies within this room are between 12 months and 18 months old; they tend to be crawling and pulling themselves up. The ratio within this room is 1:3.
Octopus’ have direct access to the outside area which contains a range of resources for them to explore. The Octopus’ room is very self selective and the children can access a range of different activities and choose what they would like to use. They have a range of sensory resources, cardboard boxes, books and a role play kitchen that they can access any time by themselves.
Within Octopus’ the main focuses are self selection and making decisions encouraging them to lead their learning and take control. Octopus’ participate in a range of different activities that are exciting and stimulating; for example messy play, painting and creating, music and movement, bubbles, cardboard box play, sharing stories and lots more.
Routines within this room are still very varied and depend upon the individual child; however some children are now starting to follow our Nursery routine.
Within the Octopus’ room there is a dedicated area for changing nappies, as well as a small kitchen area for washing up and preparing food.
Octopus’ follow the general topic of the under 2’s unit as well individualised planning and specific interests based upon their development.
Within each of the under 2’s rooms your child will be provided with a daily communication sheet that will be completed throughout the day, this will be shared with you upon collection. During the day the staff will record what your child has had to eat and drink and how much they have had, their sleeps will be noted down, what their nappies have been, as well as any bumps or medication, any replenishment needed and a general overview of what they have been up to.
All parents, carers, visitors and staff are asked to remove their shoes before entering the baby unit; shoes can be worn on the wooden floor but must be removed when on the carpet; we ask that children be provided with a pair of labeled slippers for both comfort and cleanliness.
Within the Under 2’s unit we focus on developing the 3 Prime Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):
- Communication and Language
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
These prime areas are the most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.