A working partnership between staff and parents
Both staff and parents working together are of the utmost importance to us at Overleigh, especially in this early stage of your child’s life. To ensure that you are kept fully informed of your child’s progress and daily activities a staff member would be assigned to your child called a ‘key worker.’ This ‘key worker’ will be someone who you can easily relate to and will be (where possible) available to converse with at any time you may feel necessary.
This could be informally when leaving or collecting your child from nursery or formally in a pre-arranged meeting.
Whist your child attends the nursery your key worker will regularly complete a development file and arrange several parent meetings with you to share your child’s progress and to update you on any changes within the nursery. This also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions or voice any concerns. A daily record book will also be completed on a day-to-day basis to enable you to have an insight into the fun filled day that your child has just enjoyed.
The aim of your child’s key worker is, ensuring your child’s happiness and welfare, giving them love, security, comfort and ample opportunity to develop and learn, whilst making you and your baby feel relaxed and reassured.
Baby room (0-12 months)
Our aim in the baby room is to create a homely and relaxed atmosphere where both you the parents/careers and your child can feel at home whilst in a safe and stimulating environment that will nurture your child’s every need; with love, care, attention, happiness and security.
The Baby room caters for up to 18 babies from newborn to twelve months with an optimum ratio of one staff member to every three children, this ratio may be altered when catering for many young babies, allowing more staff to care for your baby’s needs. The room is sectioned into two areas, the first catering for newborn and young babies and the second for older babies that are a little more mobile.
Activities for the under one’s
Children under the age of one year learn and develop mainly through the use of their senses; this is why we at Overleigh feel it is important to provide exciting and colourful sensory toys and equipment to help stimulate your baby. Your baby will have the opportunity to partake in hours of fun whilst learning fine and gross motor/manipulative skills, our fun activities include, a ball pool, a soft play area, water play, hand, foot and body printing, painting, play with jelly/spaghetti, gloop, plus many more messy activities.
The baby room also has its own kitchen; this enables staff to cater for your babies needs easily and without delay. The kitchen area includes a work surface area for preparing feeds etc, a refrigerator complete with labelled compartments for each individual child, heating equipment, bottle warmer and sterilizing equipment.
The baby sleep room is supervised at all times with qualified staff within the specific ratio. The sleep room provides cots with there own musical mobiles to help sooth your baby to sleep. Each cot also has its own baby alarm, which is used to monitor your baby’s sound, movement and breathing during sleep time.