When children reach the age of two they will progress into Meadows where they will have a fun filled year of adventures, learning and meeting new people. Each staff member has individual key children which are their prime focus when it comes to their development; offering support when needed and working in close partnership with parents. Overall, making sure that a child's time is happy by providing activities to suit their interests and development. As they near the age of three they will be getting ready to move into Red Hens pre-school. During that time we focus on our transition sessions where the child is able to explore and become comfortable with their new environment before moving through.
In the Meadows room, we have structure in place such as daily routines, welcome time and outdoor play each day. We feel that promoting independence is an important part of learning for each individual as well as independent self care. We introduce this by encouraging and helping with hygiene routines; putting on own coat, washing own hands, pouring own drinks and beginning to toilet train.
The room layout has been designed to provide activities for all areas of development. this changes throughout each term to suit the children's interests and choices at the time. Throughout each day there are opportunities for group work, independent play, one-to-one time and free play. We have also recently introduced a six week programme of letters, sounds and phonics, as we believe planting the seed for school readiness is important to ensure the best development outcomes.
"Hello, I'm kerry and I am a qualified teacher with a passion for the early years and the outdoors. I have a little girl, Jasmine, who will be going to school this year (scary I know!). I enjoy giving the children in my care opportunities above and beyond. I am trained in Numicon, Phonics and also in Makaton, which I use to enhance the children's communication."
"Hi! My name is Mary and I have worked with children for 12 years now. I love doing lots of messy activities and outdoor activities with the children. I also love story time, its one of my favourite times of day.
In my free time I love reading and spending time with my family because they are everything to me. I also enjoy learning new skills or enhancing the ones I already have; which means I'm always studying one thing or another!"
Hi my name is Linda and I have worked here at Beechwood Farm Day Nursery for over 3 years. I have over 27 years experience working with children in a variety of settings.
I love messy play with the children and going on long farm walks.
My hobbies include watching and riding motorbikes, walking, cooking and last but not least looking after my 6 grandchildren!"
"I'm Zoe Moore and I have worked at BFDN for over a year now. Previous to this I have completed various work placements; in nurseries, primary schools and also volunteering at a Hospital, where I shadowed a play specialist working with children who have additional needs.
I have Forest School training and love putting this into practice with the children during outdoor play sessions.
I have been doing drama for 10 years, both as a hobby and I have completed a level 2 Acting BTEC. My other hobbies include art, reading and of course, going to the theatre."