In our Baby Room we have highly experienced staff whose priority is to follow the home routine of each baby as closely as possible (Staff Ratio 3:1). We have a spacious play area with a quiet and secure sleeping area. We provide a variety of stimulating activities in a caring and friendly environment in order to promote your baby’s all round development. All planning will be displayed on the room wall for you to view and see what activities and developments your child will be participating in that week.
Parents are required to supply nappies and milk to ensure continuity between home and nursery for all babies. We are a breast feeding friendly nursery and support mothers returning to work who still wish to breast feed. Our staff are trained in the storage of breast milk and we welcome you visiting to feed during the day where possible.
Here at Happitots we encourage that when your baby is around 12 months of age, and once they have found their feet we would hope to advance them to our Tweenie Room. This would take place after discussions with yourself.
Children in our Tweenie Room are cared for under the supervision of qualified and experienced staff (Staff Ratio: 1:3). An extensive range of quality resources and activities are provided for the continuing development of your child.
The period in our Tweenie Room provides for a smooth transition to the toddler stage by adopting a more challenging and varied approach to the day. This will include such activities as painting, sand and water play, music, physical activity and much more. This may sound a little complicated for young children but it is possible for an eighteen month old child to play with sand and water or create a mini masterpiece with paint and they love it!
After our Tweenie Room, we will look to move your child to our Toddler Room. This should happen when your child is about 2 years of age. We will discuss the transition process with you before any room changes happen. In our Toddler Room children are cared for under the supervision of caring and experienced staff (Staff Ratio 1:5).
Our Toddler Room provides a more structured day with a great choice of learning opportunities including arts and crafts, construction activities, table top games and much more. We will also introduce early numeracy and literacy skills and activities designed to develop your child’s communication skills.
Each day children spend time outside in our play areas or local park. Your child’s day is recorded for you to take home so you will know what they have been learning at Happitots.
Happitots Nursery is recognised as a Pre School centre by the local Education Department. In our 3-5s Room children will follow the Curriculum for Excellence (Staff Ratio 1:8). Your child will progress to the 3-5s Room at around 3 years of age.
We provide an extensive variety of resources and activities from our house corners to imaginative play, innovative tablets to Spanish classes.
We pride ourselves on ensuring that when children leave nursery to move on to school, they do so confidently and independently, whilst taking with them the enjoyment of learning and a pride in their achievements. We strive for your child to be able to have the following skills when leaving the nursery: recognising and writing their own name, demonstrating good observational skills, showing preliminary reading skills, good pencil control, showing creative skills and knowledge of numbers.
We are very proud of our large outdoor play areas. Lately we have developed our outdoor space to promote the importance of outdoor learning for children’s development. These areas allow children to develop their gross motor, numeracy, literacy and social skills through play. Children take part in their own risk and benefit assessments to develop awareness of their own ability. Our nursery provide wet suites for children so no matter what the weather, we are out exploring and learning within our outdoor areas.