Through Scotland's national guidance "Pre-Birth to Three: Supporting Our Youngest Children" we aim to provide a holistic and child-centred setting in our youngest rooms. Recognising that every child is unique and develops at a different pace our babies can then make the transition though to the Tweenie and Toddler room from 15-27 months.
2 Baby Rooms
Age: Birth to 18 months
The first months and years of a child’s life can be the most important in their development. Our baby room is designed specially to provide warm, homely and caring surroundings, with lots of close adult contact to ensure children remain calm and content. Nursery staff encourage babies to crawl, stand, climb and walk by introducing interesting and stimulating activities to support the development of the five senses. The ratio of staff to children is 1 to 3.
Age: Tweenies 14 months – 24 months
The Tweenie room offers a welcoming environment for young children with integrated sleep areas and toilet/changing areas with separate kitchen, snack and lunch area. Each child is treated as an individual in line with the “Pre-Birth to Three” framework. With the child’s need to explore in mind, the room is set out with simple but defined paths with which also lead outdoor to a secure play area. The ratio of staff to children is 1 to 3.
Age: Toddlers 22 months – 30 months
The toddler room offers a welcoming environment for young children. Each child is treated as an individual in line with the “Pre-Birth to Three” framework. Nursery staff devise a wide range of exciting and stimulating experiences to meet each child’s individual needs and to challenge them as they start to grow in confidence and curiosity. This room also has immediate access to a secure play area to allow the children to take their learning outdoors. The ratio of staff to children is 1 to 3.
Age: Juniors 28 months – 39 months
This room also follows the “Pre-Birth to Three” framework, however at this stage children are becoming more confident and ready to practice their independence. We support this learning by providing lots of defined areas for the children to explore. In our house corner the children are able to develop their imaginative skills, acting out things they have seen for example making cups of tea, cooking and dressing up. Our messy play area allows children to express themselves through different medium while promoting their knowledge of colours textures and turn taking. Our jigsaw, maths, construction areas also encourage colours, shapes and textures while promoting the children’s fine motor skills and perseverance. Everything we do in the room is child-centred and the resources are changed regularly to meet the needs and interests of the children. The ratio of staff to children is 1 to 5.
Ante Pre-School Room
Age: Ante Pre-School 36 months – 3.5 years
Ante Pre-School is the first room which introduces the early years and school Curriculum for Excellence. The ante pre-school rooms provide an enjoyable environment where each child can develop their social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills. The Nursery has carefully planned areas within the ante pre-school rooms, such as drawing, music, the house corner and the story corner, which allow your child to grow in confidence and independence while gaining valuable learning experiences. We encourage the children to be in charge of and direct their learning and to participate in creating learning experiences and opportunities. This could be helping to make snack, do baking or help care for our pet hamster.
2 Pre-School Rooms
Age: Pre-School 3.5 years – 5 years
The pre-school room offers each child a balance of structured and free choice activities. Staff encourage children to be independent and responsible for their own learning by expressing their personal choices and being involved in the planning process through the use of mind maps and responsive planning. The Nursery uses “The Curriculum for Excellence” as the basis for developing your child’s skills and learning and an individual learning plan is devised for each child.