The Baby Unit What to expect when you first visit

The Environment

  • Homely with comfy settee and cushions.
  • Brightly decorated with lots of colourful pictures on the walls.
  • There is a separate room or area for the babies to sleep in.
  • Each baby will have his or her own cot or for older babies snooze mats.
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The Staff

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  • Staff will be holding some of the babies and talking to others.
  • The staff to child ratio is one to three in the baby room.
  • All the staff in the baby room actually enjoy their work and will show a real interest in every baby as an individual.

The Routine

You will be asked to remove your shoes to keep the floor clean and hygienic. Play experiences are structured and planned for and the babies own home routine is followed. parents of children under two are given written feedback every day their child is in attendance, which includes the following information:

  • how much your child has eaten and drunk,
  • what activities they have been doing and have enjoyed,
  • how many nappies they have used and their condition.

The staff will be on hand whenever possible to help you with your baby's coat and other belongings.

What you should bring

  • Spare nappies
  • Nappy cream
  • Comforter
  • Change of clothes for the time of year - including vest,shirt, trousers and socks.
  • Coat, hat and gloves
  • Sun cream/ sun hats
  • Any special creams that need administering

The Toddlers Room What to expect when you first visit

The Environment

  • Provides a wide collection of opportunities for toddlers to explore investigate and learn in a safe, stimulating place.
  • Encourages toddlers to paint, draw and engage in a wide range of creative activities, and in quieter moments there is time to look at books or complete jigsaws.
  • Promotes independent learning, social skills and personal development essential for all toddlers.
  • Ensures toddlers can have the opportunity to rest if necessary, sleeping on comfortable sleep mats.
  • Takes account of the physical developmental needs of a toddler through using the indoor and outdoor environment.

The Staff

  • The staff team works closely together and with parents' support to care for your child's individual needs.
  • The staff are experienced, with a variety of skills and qualifications to meet the needs of the toddlers.
  • Up to the age of two the ratio of staff to children is one to three after which it rises to one to four.

The Routine

  • The day is structured but flexible to meet the individual needs of toddlers.
  • Indoor and outdoor experiences are planned offering a wide variety of opportunities.
  • The routine encourages children to socialise with others and experience small groups as well and exploring and investigating toys and activities alone or with a supportive staff member.

What you should bring

  • Spare nappies
  • Nappy cream
  • Comforter
  • Change of clothes for the time of year - including vest, shirt, trousers and socks.
  • Coat, hat and gloves
  • Sun cream/ sun hats
  • Any special creams that need administering

Our children

  • Are encouraged to feed themselves. We start with finger foods and special cutlery for babies. Older children are given child size cutlery and taught how to use it.
  • Learn necessary skills for eating together, including taking equal portions and good manners.
  • Are encouraged to eat at their own pace and to try new foods, but are not expected to eat any foods they don't like.

The Pre-School Room What to expect when you first visit

The Environment

  • Colourful, attractive and stimulating.
  • Walls are decorated with colourful displays, including examples of the children's work connected with the children's interests and topic work.
  • Interest tables, or nature tables, are available at child height, with properly labelled objects for children to handle and explore.

The Staff

Between the ages of 3 to 5 the ratio of staff to children is one to eight. Russell Hill Pre-school staff are experienced and trained to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage. All Russell Hill Nursery Nurses are qualified to a level three standard and have experience of working with children aged up to five years. Several of our staff has undertaken an ongoing programme of professional development through the Early Years Foundation Degree.

The Routine

From the moment children arrive, there will be a real choice of activities set out with materials that vary throughout the year. All our pre-school rooms offer a wide range of resources set out in an attractive and varied way. They will always include:

  • Sand and Water
  • Library
  • Role Play Area
  • Writing Table
  • Maths Area
  • Outdoor Play
  • Art and Craft Section
  • Construction Area
  • Small World Toys
  • Science / Understanding the World Area
  • Musical instruments

Children will learn through a combination of planned activities, play and first hand experiences.