Our mobile and non-mobile babies benefit from a large, bright, open plan day room, well equipped with the latest in sensory equipment to test their senses and encourage development.
As babies spend a lot of time sleeping at this early age, we provide a dedicated sleep room. We constantly monitor the room temperature in the day nursery to ensure the babies are comfortable at all times.
There will never be more than three babies to any one member of staff, so you can be assured that your little one will get the essential attention they need at this stage in their life. Your child’s key person will take care of all your child’s personal needs whenever possible.
Toddlers (2-3 years)
When your child moves up a stage, their day is structured around their changing interests. All of our nursery equipment has been carefully selected to allow your child to discover at their individual level of understanding.
The room focuses on the primary areas of the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ framework and en-courages learning through play. We ensure your child is allowed to explore their own interests by creating various dedicated areas, offering a diverse selection of activity: The ‘Story Corner’ where children can sit in a group and listen to stories; ‘Sand and Water Play’; a ‘Construction Area’ to develop coordination and a ‘Messy Play’ area for getting mucky.
Toddlers will benefit from a staffing ratio of one member of staff looking after no more than three children and supervised access to our fantastic garden.
As this is the time when the majority of children start ‘toilet training’, this area will be equipped with brightly decorated children’s toilets, encouraging independence.
Pre School (3-5 years)
Pre School children also follow the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’. We support them and prepare them for their eventual move from day nursery to school. This is a more settled routine, with children working in small groups.
Through our observations of children learning through play, we are able to introduce adult led activities that follow the interest of individual children, linking them to the seven areas of learning:
⦁ communication and language
⦁ physical development
⦁ personal social and emotional development
⦁ understanding of the world
⦁ expressive arts and design
The children have open access to the garden every day (free flow) from their room and complete a lot of their daily activities outside through choice. The garden also reflects the areas of learning and allows problem solving on a grander scale.
All our children get the opportunity to go on local educational trips, and whether it be to the local shops or places of interest, we always risk assess our outings and ensure that ratios are adhered to.
We also invite the local businesses and the emergency services to come in and talk to the children about safety awareness and their community.
If you would like to come in for a visit, please get in touch.
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All children at Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries are encouraged to learn through play. Our Curriculum covers all the key areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage and is designed to meet the needs of each individual child.
Monkey Puzzle West Norwood Curriculum
We follow the Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework which sets the standards for learning, development, and care for children from birth up to 5 years of age.
The principles which guide the work of our Early Years Professionals are grouped into four themes:
A unique child – every child is a competent leaner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
Positive Relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or key person
Enabling Environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning
Learning and Development – children develop and learn in different ways and at different times; all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
There are three prime areas of learning in which our Early Years Professionals support children to learn and develop. These are:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
There are then four specific areas of learning. These are:
- Understanding of the world
- Expressive arts and design
Key Person System
Each child has their own key person to enable them to feel reassured, safe and cared for within our setting. This person also keeps a detailed Learning Journey of the child’s progress during their time with us. These records are available to be viewed and discussed at any time by parents, who are always encouraged to add details of their child’s experiences from outside the nursery. This enables us to identify with your child’s learning requirements to ensure the most stimulating activities and effective learning goals are in place for each individual child.
A special time to share thoughts and ideas, providing an inclusive social activity for children to connect with their emotions, learning to express themselves with confidence and creativity. Within this time children will explore areas of self-awareness and empathy, creating a respectful and caring ethos towards others, also learning retention ability and listening skills.
A fun time for children to enjoy learning through making a mess! Playing with a variety of different materials with an aim of developing sensory awareness, coordination and fine motor skills. Exploration of shapes, textures, sounds and smells encourages a better knowledge and understanding of the surrounding world and it’s defining properties. It also promotes freedom of play, enhancing imagination and creative expression.
An enchanting journey through the imagination, an opportunity for children to explore their creative minds. Story time enhances early literacy skills and phonological awareness, whilst developing speech and language skills. Combining auditory with visual mediums, such as books, pictures and props; encourages children to connect with their active imaginations. Introductions of role play through interactive story telling enhances communication skills and self-confidence.
Encouraging children to freely explore the surrounding world contributes significantly towards their cognitive, social and emotional development. It enhances physical dexterity and coordination, whilst supporting creativity and imagination. Interactions with other children teach a capacity to adapt ideas through cooperative play, developing their decision-making skills and the ability to share. Freedom of expression also allows a child time for self-discovery and identification of interests, allowing them to engage in the passions they wish to pursue.
We want to make sure we are offering you and your children the best possible Nursery experience and are always looking for ways to improve and develop what we offer here at Monkey Puzzle West Norwood.
With that in mind, we offer extracurricular classes, at no extra cost, on certain days of the week which you can enrol your child into, including French lessons, Multi-Sports and Play Phonics.
Monday – Play Phonics 10am
Tuesday – Multi Sports 9.45am-10.30am
Friday – French Classes 10am-11am
There are regular cookery classes where we talk about food, understanding where food comes from and how we grow and cook it. This helps to educate children on the benefits of healthy eating and support the development of good habits.
Our team are passionate about facilitating a range of activities to accommodate even the wiggliest of children, encouraging the healthy building blocks of an active lifestyle, which may stay with them into adulthood, and we have regular yoga and PE sessions with all the children.
In addition, our pre-school has weekly Spanish lessons and is VERY important to us that we celebrate our differences here at Monkey Puzzle and we really look forward to exploring the globe in the coming months.
If you have any specific questions about the curriculum, please get in touch with our manager, who will be happy to answer any questions.