17 & 18 The Close
Cambridge CB22 3AQ
Tel: (01223) 835580
Fax: (01223) 837366
NURSERY MANAGER Email: babraham.nursery
Alison Bishop BA Hons @bbsrc.ac.uk
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 (Mon – Weds)
Miss Kayleigh Butterworth – P/T Nursery Nurse (Mon – Wed)/ Senior Nursery Nurse
Thursday and Friday (Maternity cover)
Mrs Azita Raissi-Dehkordi – P/T Nursery Nursery (Thurs - Fri)
Mrs Ann-Marie Jenkin – P/T Nursery Assistant (mornings)
Mrs Louise West– Part time Nursery Nurse (Weds)/Senior Nursery (Thurs –
Fri) currently on Maternity Leave
Mr Josh Pope- P/T Nursery Assistant (afternoons)
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.
Kayleigh joined The Nursery in 2007 as a Temporary Nursery Nurse in the Caterpillar
room. Kayleigh has been working in the Ducklings room since early 2008 as a Full time
permanent Nursery Nurse. Before joining Babraham she worked in a local nursery, working
firstly with babies and then with 2 – 8 year olds whilst doing her NVQ II. Kayleigh
completed her NVQ level III in September 2008 during her time at the nursery. Kayliegh
currently works full time in The Ducklings room, as a Nursery Nurse on a Monday, Tuesday
and Wednesday, and as the Senior on a Thursday and Friday, covering for Louise’s
Sue & Kayleigh 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.
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. On return from maternity
leave Azita reduced her days to include Thursdays and Fridays.
Ann-Marie joined the Ducklings team in December 2008. She has children of her own
and has gained experience in the area of childcare through her previous job at a local
maternity hospital and in her work helping run the local beaver scouts group.
Louise successfully applied for the job-share post of senior nursery nurse in March 2009.
Louise initially joined ‘The Nursery’ in August 2005. She has previously worked as deputy
manager at a local day nursery. Throughout her career Louise has always worked with
children and gained her BTEC National Diploma in Nursery Nursing in June 1995. Louise is
currently on Maternity Leave with her second child.
Josh joined the Nursery in 2008. When he originally joined us he was studying at
University and helping out with the funpack in the holidays. When josh finished hes
degree he started part-time roving within the whole of the nursery working with all age
groups. Josh was also helping out with an after school club and preschool at another local
day nursery. Josh now works in the Duckling Room as a partime nursery assistant in the
The Ducklings Room floor is half carpet with an area suitable for wet
and messy play. It has a 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.
We have low level baskets which allow the babies free choice of all the toys and the
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
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. 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. 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.
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 and is based on planning activities for
the individual child. It incorporates four areas; A unique child, Positive relationships,
Enabling Environments and Learning and Development Please see ‘a parent guide to Early
Years Foundation’ 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:
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)
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. Babies are offered a
combination of snacks to allow their own choice. 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
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.
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.
In May the Nursery offers an open evening with parents/carers where they can discuss
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
These evenings 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
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
Change of Clothes (x 3) ..........
Comfort (i.e. dummy) ..........
Padders/thick socks ..........
Sun hat ..........
Sun block ..........
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.