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Welcome to our Discoverers Room, St Albans

In our Discoverers Room the children are aged between 0 and 2 years, depending on their stage of development. We provide a fun, stimulating, safe settling and encourage the children to learn through play. They may move up to our Explorers Room before their second birthday.

Keyperson scheme

Babies operate a keyworker system. The system ensures that every child has a named keyworker who will be responsible for the planning and observation of your child’s learning.

Before your baby joins us we offer a settling in period. During these trial sessions you and your baby can come in and meet our staff and the other babies, becoming familiar with the surrounding. Each child settles in differently so we will work with each individual family to meet your needs.

The trail sessions are the ideal time to discuss your baby’s routine, likes and dislikes and to enable us to discuss the care routine for your child, e.g. how they sleep, if they have a comforter etc.

Also at this time we would ask you to return any personal registration forms to our nursery manager Karen. This is to ensure we have all the correct information before you leave your baby with us for the first time.

Your child's first day at our St Albans Nursery

On your first day with us you'll need to bring with you:

  • A pack of nappies
  • Baby wipes (if used)
  • Creams for nappy time
  • Spare clothes
  • Milk and bottles, (labelled with your child’s name please)
  • A sun hat and sun cream for the warmer months
  • Care plan.
Milk and food

We will prepare your child bottle’s at nursery and we ask that your provide us with bottles and formula for this. We provide cow’s milk for those babies who have reached this stage. All feeder cups and bibs for your baby are provided and all the necessary equipment is sterilized accordingly.

Weaning

As your baby starts weaning we will work alongside you to help maintain your baby’s routine. All foods are prepared by our housekeeper/cook, but if you do wish to bring your own food during the initial weaning stage that is fine too. We will blend all the food depending on the children’s stage of weaning. We're happy to talk to parents / carers about individual diets/and allergies.

Meal times
  • Breakfast: 08:00 - 09:00
  • Snack: 10:00
  • Lunch: 12:00
  • Snack: 14:30
  • Tea: 16:00

Breakfast is usually given on arrival to nursery. Your baby’s routine tends to change a lot through their first year so the meal times above are just a guideline.

We can adapt our menus to suit your baby’s dietary requirements e.g. vegetarian etc. We also adapt our menu to suit the baby’s different stages e.g. pureed, blended, chipped etc and introduce new tastes and textures gradually.

Water is offered throughout the day.

We have bouncy chairs for small babies to feed in, and high chairs for the babies that are starting to sit up.

Daily communication sheet

All food, drink, nappy changes are written down in your child’s daily communication sheet, this is filed in throughout your baby’s day so that you can take it home. A member of our staff will go through the sheet to make sure you have all the information about your child’s day when you collect them.

Sleep times

Each baby has a clean cot sheet, daily. Sleep areas are monitored every 7 minutes. The checks are recorded on a sleep chart. Your child’s sleep times and length of sleep will be written in your daily communication sheet.

Medication

Under Ofsted regulations we are only allowed to administer medicine that has been prescribed by a doctor. If your child needs prescribed medicine you'll be asked to fill in a medicine form giving instruction on dosage, time upon arrival at the nursery each day. You will be asked to sign a form at the end of the day so that you have the correct information about your child’s medication.

We can administer Calpol in an emergency, but only with prior written consent from parents. We only give Calpol if your child has a high temperature and we have contacted you by telephone to request your verbal permission. Should we not be able to contact you by phone and your child needs Calpol we will administer it on the grounds that it is a pre-signed consent form. If your child continues to run a high temperature we will endeavour to reduce it by cooling the child with damp cloths and removal of clothes. If this does not work we will request that you collect your child from nursery and seek medical assistance. In extreme medical circumstances or if we cannot make contact with you or the recorded emergency contact person we will call for an ambulance, (although thankfully this is extremely rare).

Accidents

During your child’s time our Nuffy Bear Nursery should your child have an accident it will be dealt with by our trained first aiders. All details of the accident will be recorded on a paper form and electronically. You'll be asked to sign the completed form when you collect your child.

Learning journals

Each baby has their own learning journal in which their key person will record how your child is developing and progressing. This is done through observations and evaluating their play. By observing your child we can gain information to inform future planning and ensure that all your child’s individual needs are being met. Each observation and assessment made on your child is recorded in their learning journey profile.

You are welcome to access your child’s profile at any time, and we share the file with you twice a year at key person meetings.

We hope this information has been helpful, but should there by anything else you need to know please feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help!


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