This room provides resources and activities for a child’s continuing development. The range of toys available to the children will be adapted to the age group in the room at any given time. Little Bo Peep’s room is dual registered with Ofsted. This allows the nursery to care for specific age ranges of children dependant upon the number of children booked into the setting at different times of the year.
Therefore the children in this room will be either under 2 years of age or 18 – 30 months.
The key person system continues in Little Bo Peep’s room, ensuring that your child’s individual needs are met. Your child’s key person will complete developmental records on behalf of your child which are available for you to view at any time, if you have any questions regarding your child their key person will be happy to discuss any matters at a mutually agreed time. Daily diaries are used to inform parents/guardians of their child’s day at nursery, the diary includes information regarding nappy changes, sleep records and food/milk offered throughout the day.
Activities and experiences are carried out in Little Bo Peep’s room in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage. Planning is mainly spontaneous allowing children choices and opportunities to direct their own learning. Staff observe children playing and respond appropriately to ensure that their needs are met and developed according to their interests.
The room is designed to promote all areas of learning through a play based approach. Opportunity to develop early skills of mathematics are encouraged through resources such as games, sorting toys and construction. Language is promoted through the use of books, singing, puppets and interactions between staff and the children during play. There is an area used for group activities to promote physical skills such as, music and movement and the use of larger play equipment. Children’s imagination is supported through the use of the “Home Play Area” and “Small World Area” which encourages the children to engage in role-play and use their imagination. The “Messy Area” encourages children to be creative through activities such as painting, mark making, dough, sand and water.
Opportunities for sleep and rest are provided during the day, staff will settle the children and assist in sleeping times in conjunction with parental requests. Meal times also take place within the playroom allowing children to develop social skills and interact with one another whilst sitting together at the table.
Further information on Little Bo Peep’s room is detailed in a separate handbook that is provided for parents during their child’s settling in phase.