As you and your child arrive, key workers will greet you at morning handover and any information is passed on to your child’s key worker by parents. Your child will walk over to the ‘key worker pegs’ and find their key worker, hanging under the picture of their key worker will be your childs name. Please encourage your child to search for their own name and then choose a peg they want to use for the day. Coats and bags are hung on the pegs by the door with their name.
It is our aim that your child feels happy and secure in our care and also that through observations of their interests, your child can be helped to learn and develop at his own pace and according to his developmental stage. Your child has the opportunity to explore our extensive range of resources, all selected to link to our curriculum the ‘EYFS’ and to give the children a rich experience with us.
At Sandy Bears, we are very proud to be inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. We think it is so important to use everyday items and loose parts to stimulate your child’s imagination and support their learning and development! Loose parts may be something you would usually throw away such as planks of wood, tins, wooden objects etc… but they will provide so many open ended opportunities for play, imagination and problem solving for your child. For more information on this, please see our displays throughout our setting.
If you would like to find out more or arrange to come and see us please get in touch and we will be happy to help.
In our Polar Bears room we have a daily routine to ensure a feeling of consistency and security for your child, yet allowing room for both spontaneous and planned activities with your child. The basket, crates and shelves of resources have items which have endless of exploring and sensory experiences which will enhance and encourage all areas of development with support from our fabulous staff.
There is a book area for quiet time communication, play and for one to one or group time reading. We have a construction area which allows the children to learn about developing endless Maths and Science concepts and also allowing them to explore their understanding of the outside world. This area encourages teamwork as they attempt to handle and manoeuvre the large wooden blocks, boxes and tubes.
We have a Maths area full of loose parts including pine cones, sticks, pasta, and much more which children can access for endless opportunities including counting, threading, and pattern making.
Our Literacy Area is full of opportunities for mark making, letter formation opportunities, name writing and phonics. Jolly phonics is part of our school readiness scheme and your child will be part taking in daily Jolly Phonics activities. Staff will always support and encourage learning in all of these areas.
We have a wonderful home corner which the children use to build their relationships with each other and secure their experience-learning by re-enacting experiences. We also have a big craft area to explore messy play and all things crafty!
Your child will be able to play outside every day. We deem fresh air to be a vital ingredient for a happy, healthy child. The outdoor area is a great safe and secure space which your child will experience every day. We have a mud kitchen, music wall and construction resources too.
In our Forest Garden we have a ‘Homegrown’ where the children plant all sorts of herbs, vegetables and flowers and also recycle using our composter.
We are very lucky to be in such a beautiful setting and will be making the most of exploring Cholmondeley Estate and visiting the horses in the field too!
At Sandy Bear’s we believe that singing is an important first step to talking and communicating, socialising with peers and building confidence. Every day your child will be involved in singing or music making session, there are a number of different musical instruments or real resources that your children can explore on their own and these are often used in our morning or afternoon circle times too.
Makaton is introduced as early as possible to the children. Different signs will be displayed around the room to help with recognition at home. Even with older children who have brilliant speech Makaton can develop communication and aid understanding. If you wish to learn more about this form of communication please feel free to ask a member of staff.
Your child will enjoy a healthy snack mid-morning consisting of fruit and a carbohydrate eg. Toast, cracker, breadstick etc. At lunch time your child will eat a ‘home cooked’ two course meal similar to our sample menu. Tea is also a freshly prepared two course meal made by our cook on site daily.
If your child needs to take any medication during their time with us, we are able to administer this in accordance with our nursery policies. We will require you to sign a medication form authorising us to do so. All medication must be in its original container and the prescription label must state the name of your child, date etc.
From time to time your child might hurt themselves. Any minor bumps or scrapes will be recorded on an accident form on the Famly app. We will call you or leave a message of any minor head bumps. More serious accidents will be treated in accordance with our nursery policy and you will be informed immediately.
Throughout the day you will have access to your Famly app which is updated important parts of your childs day, including sleep times, nappy changes and what your child has done. We upload pictures regularly so you can see how happy your little bears are too!
Please feel free to message any information that you feel we should know in addition to our verbal handovers every morning and evening. This might include how your child has slept or eaten; any trips you have taken recently or any developmental milestones your child has reached.
After an exchange of information, you will be able to collect your child’s belongings and a member of staff will sign your child out before heading home.
You can download a full prospectus and Polar Bears daily routine using the links below.