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Babies

8 weeks- 2 years

We can accommodate up to 12 babies between the age of 8 weeks – 2 years old. We adhere to staff:child ratios of 1 child to 3 practitioners ensuring that your child has the attention they need throughout the day to thrive. Our babies enjoy a free flow space onto our outdoor decking where they regularly enjoy sand and water play, sensory play and physical games. 

The baby room and decking are designed to nurture our youngest children and allow them to freely explore and discover, with activities intended to engage and excite babies, such as sensory play, messy play, books, rattles, treasure baskets, pull along toys and interactive wall activities. Our babies often venture out into the meadow for picnics and to build strength in their legs and arms as they learn to crawl and walk.

Through our daily practices, we not only care for our babies but also lay the foundations for a lifetime of learning and curiosity, all within a setting that respects the natural world around us.

Monitoring your child’s development

Our early years practitioners ensure all children are meeting their personal developmental goals and achieving the highest standard of learning available in accordance with the seven areas of learning and the Wise Owls Curriculum. Every child has a key person who develops an in-depth understanding of their key children; their interests, their ability and their ongoing development. Staff will provide verbal feedback to parents at the end of the day. We foster an open and cooperative relationship with parents to ensure we can nurture the needs of each and every child. Learning and development milestones are recorded on our digital app.

Sensory and Creative Play

Our babies have a wide range of sensory play opportunities that encourage the development of fine motor skills and support language development. The staff plan a variety of sensory and physical activities, including sensory tuff trays, sensory lights, painting with a range of tools, books, rattles, treasure baskets and more that help in all areas of the child’s development and support them to learn and meet their milestones.

Meals & Nutrition

Good nutrition is essential to the healthy growth and development of children. We encourage, and at times, inspire children to try a variety of food they may not have tried before. At meal times we have low chairs, so children are able to sit and enjoy their food with their friends while staff sit with them and support them with feeding. We have highchairs for the younger babies. We provide Aptamil formula milk for babies still requiring a milk feed.

Sleep

Sleep is fundamental to growth so here in the baby room we have a dedicated sleep room that is monitored at all times with routine sleep checks. Depending on their age and stage of development, each child has either a cot with their own sheets and blankets or a sleep mat with sheets and blankets, both creating a familiar and cosy place for them to rest after a busy morning or afternoon of play.

A typical day in Owlets

Our philosophy centres around the belief that every child is unique, with their own rhythm, interests, and pathway to development. This belief guides our approach, allowing us to tailor our care and educational activities to the individual needs of each child, fostering an environment where they can thrive at their own pace.

We develop an excellent understanding of their likes and interests through good parent relationships, through the All About Me form and though closely monitoring their individual progress daily.

Breakfast

Our days begin with a communal breakfast between 7:45 and 8:30 am, offering a wholesome variety of cereals, porridges, and toast, ensuring our babies start their day with the energy they need for exploration and play.

Morning routine

As the morning unfolds, our babies engage in a blend of stories, singing, and action songs, sparking joy and enhancing their linguistic and cognitive development. Routine care, such as nappy changes, is seamlessly integrated, always attentive to the well-being and comfort of each child. All children will spend time in the garden exploring the outdoor environment. Routine care, such as nappy changes, is seamlessly integrated, always attentive to the well-being and comfort of each child. We provide nappies and we make our own sensitive, eco friendly baby wipes and nappy cream.

Snack time

9.30am is snack time; this usually consists of fruit, crackers, breadsticks, fruit loaf and a cup of milk or water.

Planned activities

The essence of our programme lies in the carefully planned, yet flexible, activities that follow—ranging from sensory and messy play to exploring the wonders of our nature reserve, each moment is an opportunity for learning and growth.

Lunch time

Lunch time is at 11.30am and here our babies enjoy a nutritious lunch, followed by a peaceful nap

A hot meal is provided and adapted for all allergies, intolerances or personal preferences.

Afternoon routine

All children sleep after lunch either in the cot room for younger babies or on a sleep mat on the carpet area for our older babies. This helps to aid their transition to the toddler room.

After sleep time, children will have further opportunities to explore a variety of age appropriate activities planned by the team.  In the garden there is also a slide which the children are able to access to help further enhance and explore their physical skills.

Tea time

Tea is served between 3.30-4pm and consists of sandwiches, wraps, scrambled eggs on muffins, beans on toast as well as a variety of fruit and vegetables.

Our day concludes with play-led learning, where our dedicated staff set up engaging activities aligned with the EYFS curriculum, fostering an environment where children can explore, learn, and grow – supported and encouraged every step of the way.