THE NURSERY 17 & 18 The Close Babraham 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. Staffing 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 Maternity Leave. 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 afternoons. The Room 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 guide 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 garden. 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 garden. 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. (5.15p.m. Fridays). 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. Sleeping 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. Drinks The babies are offered cooled, boiled water regularly during the day. They have water or milk at snack and meal times. Milk 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. 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 Clothing 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. Nappies 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 home. 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 nappies. Comforts 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 cover. Teething 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. Illness 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. Medication 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. Accidents 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. 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 child. 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 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.
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