We are all really excited to share news about the ongoing development and expansion of our baby room facilities. Due to a growing demand for young baby places we have now made a successful transition to the new ‘baby room nest.` As the babies were already using the studio room at intervals during the day it made good sense as numbers increased to move into it completely. It is beautiful, light and airy room with huge floor to ceiling windows at either end, and already has a kitchen area complete with oven.
The new room caters for 12 babies and will continue to be managed by Jayne Armstrong supported by the baby room team that includes Jade Smith, Stacey Turpin and Ellis Firman.
The team have enjoyed turning the room into the new `baby room nest` and have successfully created a warm and cosy environment to meet the needs of our youngest children, enabling them to explore their new environment safely whilst using all of their senses.
Our goal is to ensure that all that we do, plan and implement is based on sound evidence and research. The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum states that “Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process however, it depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.” This is further supported by Psychology Professor Alison Gopnik who summarised it beautifully when she wrote, ‘Babies do not need to be taught how to think. They are born with mental abilities that fully function to allow them to make sense of experiences and anticipate future events’
Enabling environments offer stimulating resources, rich learning opportunities and support for children to take risks and explore. For more information visit www.foundationyears.org.uk or have a look at our Early Years Foundation Stage display in the foyer at Nursery.
Everything that a baby tastes, hears, sees, feels and smells, and all of a baby’s own movements will influence the way the brain makes its connections, so the more varied and appropriate the play experiences we offer, the better these neural pathways are formed. It is important to give babies interesting sensory experiences, as well as the love and care that are essential to their continual development.
Everything in the new room is interesting to the babies and we have enjoyed observing them using their five senses to actively explore the new spaces around them. They have been making many new discoveries through their play, and are enjoying making it happen again and again and again!
The team are currently developing treasure baskets and nursery rhyme sacks with the support of Tanya Mason from Histon Early Years Centre, Cambridge who is a long term Early Years Professional student working with us one day a week.