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					                                                             THE NURSERY
                                                             17 & 18 The Close
                                                             Cambridge CB2 4AQ

                                                             Tel: (01223) 835580
                                                             Fax: (01223) 837366

NURSERY MANAGER                                              Email: babraham.nursery
Louise C Brock NNEB                                

                          Welcome to the Ducklings Room

The Ducklings Room is situated upstairs in the Nursery and is the base room for up to 9
babies. It is registered to take babies aged from 6 weeks. Transitions from the Ducklings
Room to the Caterpillar Room begin between the age of 12 and 15months, dependent
on the individual child.


         The ratio of staff to baby is a minimum of 1:3. The staff members are:

           Ms Sue Wynn – P/T Senior Nursery Nurse (Monday – Wednesday)
  Mrs Azita Raissi-Dehkordi – Part time Nursery Nurse/Temp. Senior(Currently on maternity
                 Miss Kayleigh Butterworth – Full time Nursery Nurse
                   Mrs Sharon Farr – P/T Nursery Nurse (mornings)
     Miss Katie Merwiak – P/T Nursery Assistant/Temp. Senior (Wednesday - Friday)

Sue gained her BTEC Nursery Nurse qualification in July 1997. She has over 24 years
childcare experience gained as both a registered childminder, through her own children
as well as qualifying to work with challenging children with Social Services. She has also
worked as a teacher’s assistant at Linton Village College. Sue joined the Nursery in
December 1994 and has worked in every Base Room. She was promoted to Senior
Nursery Nurse in March 2000.

Sue & Katie are the current line managers for the staff and students who work in the
Ducklings Room and are responsible for the overall care and supervision of the under
fifteen month age group.

Sharon joined the Ducklings room in December 2005. She has a daughter of her own and
has had many years experience as a childminder. In 2008 Sharon gained her NVQ level II
in Child Care and Education
Azita moved to England from Iran in 1999 and joined the Nursery as a part time Nursery
Assistant in April 2001. After gaining her NVQIII qualification in Childcare and Education in
August 2003 she was promoted to full time Nursery Nurse. Azita is currently covering as
part time Senior Nursery Nurse during Kirsty’s maternity leave

Katie joined the Ducklings staff team as Nursery Assistant in July 2005. She currently
works on a Wednesday as a Nursery Nurse and a Thursday and Friday as the rooms
Senior. Katie has gained experience through babysitting for children aged three months
to ten years. Since joining the nursery Katie has gained her (NQF level IIII) foundation
degree in ‘Early Years’

After gaining a distinction in her Early Years Practice NVQII, Kayleigh worked in a local
nursery, working firstly with babies and then with 2 – 8 year olds. Kayleigh was successful
in her application to join ‘The Nursery’ as temporary full time Nursery Nurse to cover
maternity leave. Kayleigh joined the Ducklings room as Full Time Nursery Nurse in early
                                           The Room

The Ducklings Room is fully carpeted and well resourced incorporating
a book/home corner, mirrors, walking rail and play garden. There are
bright colourful wall displays and mobiles which the children help to
create. The displays follow a theme lasting for approximately 8 weeks.
There are two large windows, allowing as much natural light as
possible into the room. It is heated by storage heaters protected with
child guards, all making a warm, friendly atmosphere for the babies to settle into.

A white board is situated inside the room where information about the days activities &
staffing are recorded. An intercom system is in operation at all times to enable good
communication throughout the Nursery.

The babies’ bathroom is connected to the Ducklings Room and is equipped with a bath
and wash basin. The babies’ nappies are changed on a changing mat which is on top of a
changing unit. The changing mat is sterilised with Milton between each nappy change.
‘The Nursery’ operates a nappy changing procedure. There are interesting mobiles and
pictures in the bathroom to interest the babies during nappy changing.

There are wall shelves which contain a variety of toys and equipment to encourage and
assist the babies through their various stages of development. Besides stimulation, the
babies receive a great deal of affection and love. Their various requirements are met
through a flexible routine.

All babies are individuals and are able to eat when hungry, sleep when tired and play
when feeling energetic. Dirty or very wet nappies are changed straight away, not left to
the appointed times. Therefore, the attached daily routine is only intended as a general
Daily Routine

A rough guide to the routine is as follows:-

8.30 a.m.    Nursery Nurses set out Ducklings Room with toys and equipment and make
             up sleep prams.
8.45 a.m.    Nursery opens. Nursery Nurses greet babies, talk to carers about babies’
             night/breakfast and settle them in to play.
9.40 a.m.    Morning drink time. Younger babies have their bottles. Older babies a beaker
             of milk and a healthy snack. Group singing time
10.30 a.m.   Nappies changed.
10.30-       Activity (e.g. foot printing). Sand play
11.15 a.m.
11.15 a.m. Babies either sleep in prams, go for a walk in prams or play in the Nursery
12.00      Lunch time. This is normally in the Ducklings room so that the babies are in
noon       familiar surroundings
12.40 p.m. Babies play in Ducklings Room or sleep in prams. Nursery Nurses have
           their lunch breaks in 2 shifts, either 12 noon to 1.00 p.m. or 1.00 p.m. to
           2.00 p.m.
2.00 p.m.  Nappies changed.
3.15 p.m.  Babies either sleep in prams, go for a walk in prams or play in Nursery
4. 00 p.m. Tea time with the whole Nursery together in the Portacabin. (Except Fridays
           during school holidays)
5.00 p.m.  Play in Ducklings Room.
           Nappies changed.

             Carers start arriving to collect babies.
5.45 p.m     Nursery closes.

The planning of activities is based on the ‘Early Years Foundation’ programme. This is a
framework to support children in their earliest years. It incorporates four areas; a strong
child, a skilful communicator, a competent learner and a healthy child. Please see ‘a
parent guide to Birth to Three Matters’ which explains the framework in more detail.


The babies sleep in prams outside in the Nursery garden. In hot weather they sleep at the
bottom of the garden under the shade of the trees. In wet, foggy or snowy weather they
sleep under the covered way. This is a covered paved area attached to the rear of the
Nursery. In cases of extreme weather the prams are situated inside the portacabin . The
prams are provided by the Nursery and each baby has his/her own individual bedding and
mattress. The bedding is laundered on a weekly basis. An insect net is always used.
                 When sleeping in their prams the babies are checked at ten minute
                   intervals by the Nursery Nurses. The checks are recorded in individual
                   note books – one for each child. A monitor is used so that Nursery
                   Nurses can hear any noise! The babies wear safety reins and are
                  always placed to sleep on their backs unless you wish for them to sleep
                on their front – in which case you will be requested to sign a consent form
              indicating your choice.


The babies are offered cooled, boiled water regularly during the day. They have water or
milk at snack and meal times.


Babies are fed their milk when they are hungry. With the majority of babies this tends to
be morning, lunchtime and afternoon, but we will adapt to your babies needs. The options
for formula milk are as follows:

Option one

      You provide the first bottle made up
      That for any further feeds you bring in sterilised bottles with the correct amount of
       powdered milk formula measured out into a plastic container, indicating the amount
       of boiling water required and the staff will freshly make up each feed. (These
       containers can be purchased from Tesco’s, Boots, Jojomonbebe)

Option two

      Alternatively you can provide sterilised bottles (on a daily basis) along with cartons
       of milk formula milk

However, if you breast feed your baby and are able to come in during the day the
Nursery Nurse will telephone you when your baby is hungry. Alternatively you
may prefer to supply your breast milk in a bottle.

All feeding utensils are steam sterilised every day and the Nursery Nurses are
scrupulous concerning hygiene.

Weaning / Eating

The Nursery provides your child with all the meals for the day. All food is prepared and
cooked on the premises by our cook.

In the morning the babies have a snack between 9.45 – 10.15. The snack varies from day
to day depending on our menu. Meal times are at 12 noon and 4 p.m., however this is
flexible due to the babies sleep.
When your child is ready to be weaned please let the Nursery Nurses know and they will
try to accommodate your routine, method and types of food you are using at home.
The Nursery Nurses prepares liquidised fruit and vegetables and, once your child is ready,
they will eat the normal Nursery menu.

Both before and after meals the babies have their hands and faces cleaned with
disposable face wipes


Please dress your baby in comfortable, easily removable, clothing. You will need to
provide at least three complete changes of clothes in case of leakages one way or other!
ALL CLOTHING MUST BE CLEARLY NAMED and the best way to do this is with
embroidered name tapes. (Available from ‘Namemark’).

In the winter your baby will need an "all-in-one" coat/suit, hat, gloves and an extra thick
pair of socks/padders for outdoor wear. In the summer your baby will need light cotton
clothing, a sun hat and a named bottle/tube of sun block. Each child has their own peg to
hang their belongings on.


             You will need to bring a supply of nappies. If your baby uses disposable
             nappies you can bring in a large pack to leave at Nursery and the Nursery
             Nurses will inform you when they are running low.

If your child is in terry towelling or cotton nappies you will need to bring in a daily supply.
The Nursery Nurses will sluice these through but will return them to you for washing at

Staff wear gloves when changing nappies and use baby wipes or cotton wool and water to
clean babies’ bottoms. You will need to supply a clearly named pot/tube of cream which
can be applied when required However, please inform the Nursery if you do NOT wish for
any creams to be applied. Special nappy bins are provided for the soiled disposable


If your baby has a special comfort, i.e. cuddly toy, blanket or dummy please bring it to
Nursery. If baby does have a dummy please provide a dummy clip and a protective


Babies suffer with teething in different ways, but they usually always dribble! Please can
you provide two named "dribble bibs" when teething starts. If you wish you may leave
some teething gel or powder for the Nursery Nurses to administer.

If your baby is unwell enough not be able to cope with the normal Nursery day, then
please keep them at home. If your child has an infectious disease then it is very
important that you inform the Nursery and that the baby is excluded according to Nursery
policy. Babies will only be re-admitted to the Nursery after an illness at the discretion of
the Nursery Manager. If your baby becomes unwell during the day, one of the
Parents/Carers will be contacted to arrange collection of the child as soon as possible.
Gastroenteritis (sickness and/or diarrhoea) requires a full 48 hours clear of either sickness
or diarrhoea before being accepted back into the nursery.


Nursery is willing to administer medicine when necessary. You must complete a medicine
authorisation form for each day your baby needs to be given medicine. These are
available from the Ducklings.


Nursery records all accidents in an accident book. If your baby is hurt or injured in any
way during the day an entry will be made in the Accident Report Book and you will be
asked to sign this book as a parent/carer acknowledging that you have been told about
the accident.

If your baby has an accident at home we ask that you let the Nursery Nurses know. They
will ask you to complete a home accident/injury form.

General information

Throughout the year the Nursery, supported by the Parents sub-committee, organises
various social events and fundraising activities for all the children & their families to attend
and participate in. These include a Christmas play, sports day, barbecue, family discos,
quiz nights and information evenings.

You will be kept informed of any forthcoming events in the Nursery newsletter. If you
would like to join the Parents sub-committee and help organise these events please see
the Nursery Manager.

A photographer takes individual and group photographs every year. The individual photos
are taken in September/October time ready to give to relatives as Christmas presents! The
group photos are taken in March. There is no obligation to order these photos.

All fundraising monies go towards purchasing extra toys & equipment for the children.

Twice a year in May and November the Nursery offers individual fifteen-minute evening
consultations with parents/carers about their children’s development & progress. This is a
time when you can share your child’s achievements and raise with staff any problems or
worries you have concerning your child.
These consultations enable parents to talk to the Nursery Nurses in a relaxed informal
manner. A free crèche facility is provided for the children as we do not allow children in
the consultation.

When we feel your child is ready to move up to the Caterpillar room, visits will be
arranged for them. This enables your child to settle happily into the Caterpillar Room and
become familiar with the routine, staff and peers.

For the daily exchange of information, it is encouraged that parents/carers arrive BEFORE
CLOSING TIME if they want to hear about their child’s day. As you can appreciate, it is a
long day for the Nursery Nurses and they like to leave promptly.

                             The Nursery closes at 5.45 p.m. Monday to Thursday – 5.15
                             p.m. on a Friday. A fine system operates for the collection
                             of children outside these hours. The initial fine is £5.00 for
                             the first 10 minutes of lateness and increases to £10 for
                             every period of 5 minutes thereafter. Please note the
                             Nursery clocks are radio controlled so are extremely precise!

                  Check List of Items Needed for Ducklings Room

Bag                 .           ..........
Change of Clothes (x 3)         ..........
Comfort (i.e. dummy)            ..........
Coat                            ..........
Gloves                          ..........
Hat                             ..........
Padders/thick socks             ..........
Sun hat                         ..........
Sun block                       ..........
Nappies                         ..........
Cream (if needed)               ..........
2 photographs of your baby      ……....
Bottles of milk                 ..........

 We hope you and your baby will have a happy time in the Ducklings Room. If you have
       any concerns or problems then please share them – we are here to help.
                        Snack Menu

                      Ducklings Room

Day 1                          Bread sticks

Day 2                              Fruit

Day 3                           Rice cakes

Day 4                          Toast fingers

Day 5                              Fruit

 Please see the nursery menu for full details of the Ducklings
                       liquidised menu
            Example of weekly planning

   DAY        A.M.ACTIVITY     P.M.ACTIVITY          MUSIC &

                Bubbles          Dried pasta         Prop singing

 TUESDAY                                              Play songs
             Net sand & food   Puppets & games        CD actions

WEDNESDAY                      Pictures to take
                Feathers             home            Action songs
                                Finger painting

               Newspaper        Body painting        Special books
                                   & bath

             Water & tea set   Glitter bottles    Dancing (Disney CD)
                                                       & singing
          Example of weekly toy rota

 Week one               A.M.                        P.M.

   Days                 Toys                       Toys
                 Tunnel’s and tents           Large farm animals
                     Soft toys            Duplo and shopping baskets
 MONDAY            Pull along toys             Treasure basket
                 Large farm animals                  Lazy
                        Dacta              Mirrors and big mirror
 TUESDAY         Small farm animals        Musical instrumruments

                Sainbury’s activity bag       All wooden toys
WEDNESDAY                                     Musical feet mat

                        Balls                  Glitter bottles
THURSDAY          Puppets (insects)
                     Pop up toys
                       Rattles                    Picnic
                    Road and rail          Wooden activity centre
 FRIDAY             Playmat piano           Mr. Men and Disney
                   Stacking blocks               figures