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BrightoNursery

Here at Sunshine Day Nursery in Brighton we provide a happy, friendly and stimulating environment where all children can start their journey to grow to be the person they want to be.

Tiddler Unit

Our babies, aged up to approximately 21 months are looked after by very caring and experienced staff in a calm, happy and friendly environment with lots of cuddles and attention, including lots of praise and encouragement.

The baby room is equipped with cots in an area separate from the main playroom, where the babies can sleep, whilst the others continue to play with carefully selected resources on the other side of the room. We provide a range of resources and activities which are age appropriate and suitably challenging. Babies can explore the Monochrome area, make and listen to sounds created from a range of musical instruments and get messy with creative play. Our babies are able to explore their senses from as young as three months old, to open their minds to a world of imagination.

All children have their own day care book so that you can read all about your child’s day, we document sleep times, food consumption, milk, nappy changes and activities your child has enjoyed each day as well as any other information you need to know about your child’s day. In the Tiddler Unit we provide nappies, wipes and sun cream. Once your child has had their first birthday we provide breakfast, between 8:00 and 9:00 am. You also have the option to pay an extra, for a hot lunch and dessert from our outside catering company, Little Tums.

We follow the routines that your child is used to at home, allowing them to sleep and have bottles when needed. When you bring your child for their first settle, their key person will discuss their personal needs and routines with you.

The babies have access to the upper terrace garden, which they aim to use daily, depending on the weather. They are able to explore a range of different resources and activities to develop their physical skills.

In our experience we have found that as your child grows, the babies’ routines synchronise, enabling them to eat together, have sleeps and quiet times together, then play and socialise together allowing them to experience a lot of social interaction with other children and adults.

Toddler Unit

The Toddler room is a stimulating and exciting room that is set up to enable free flow play and child accessible toys, this helps to increase independence and boost confidence for children aged approximately 21 months to 2 years six months.

We offer a wide range of equipment and activities to stimulate them intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially; encouraging learning through play. The type of play includes role play, books, physical, music, construction, small world, sand, and water.

The Toddler children have an art room where they can take part in lots of different messy and exploratory activities, including painting, sticking, sand/water play and many other activities to develop their fine motor skills.

The Toddler children have access from their art room out onto a terrace garden which they access at least twice a day to explore the outside environment. They have use of a small climbing frame, slide, balls and a range of further resources and adult planned activities designed to develop their physical skills.

In the Toddler Unit Breakfast is provided with a choice of cereal and toast from 8.00-9.00am, a healthy morning and afternoon snack along with nappies/pull ups, wipes and sun cream. You also have the option to pay for a hot lunch and dessert from our outside catering company, Little Tums.

In the Toddler Unit there is a nappy changing unit and potties. We will work alongside parents, together with lots of praise and encouragement when toilet training children. We provide pull ups for children that are not quite ready for the transition from wearing nappies.

You will be provided with a day care book, providing you with information about your child’s day, including sleep, food consumption, nappies and activities and resources that they played with throughout the day.

The Toddler children have a visit from Tatty Bumpkin weekly. Tatty Bumpkin is a character at the centre of yoga-inspired movement stories, incorporating music, storytelling and postures inspired by yoga. The sessions are nurturing and supportive with lots of bonding and stretching time for your child and their key person. These sessions can help to aid digestion and sleep.

Pre-School Unit

From around the age of 2.5 years, children move downstairs to our Pre-school Unit. This provides a stimulating learning environment where children are encouraged to be independent and to develop self-confidence. The rooms have been carefully set up to create ample space for our children.

Our Pre-school children have access to a wide range of activities and resources which are divided into many different areas including role-play, mark making, book corner, listening corner, maths, ICT, construction, small world, creative, sensory/malleable, sand and water, as well as continuous access to our free flow garden.

Our staff members ensure there is a balance of adult focused and free play activities, providing our three and four year olds with the nurturing and attention they require to explore their developing capabilities. We celebrate and encourage positive behaviour in the pre-school room by using our ‘Golden Rules’ and ‘Special Helper’ role.

In the Pre-School Unit we provide a choice of cereals and toast for breakfast, between 8.00-9.00am, a healthy morning and afternoon snack, along with nappies/pull ups, wipes and sun cream. You also have the option to pay extra for a hot lunch and dessert from our outside catering company, Little Tums.

Gabrielle our French teacher comes in weekly to deliver a French class, the children sing songs, learn to count and play games, with instructions in French. More information about our French classes can be found at www.bonjourkidz.com

Lucy our Dance teacher comes in weekly, after a warm up session the children get to act out a magical story using dance moves. The end of the session focuses on calm movements and relaxation time to unwind.

Debra our Music teacher comes in weekly, the children are encouraged to join in with singing, creating songs and using different musical instruments. The children flourish from having a dedicated music time.

All of these classes allow the children to explore specific sections, within the seven areas of learning, as outlined in the early years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.

As your child reaches the end of nursery we fully support their transition to school. We will be in contact with your child’s school and will invite your child’s reception teacher to come and visit them at nursery, to meet their key person and the child in a familiar environment. This opportunity allows information to be shared, ensuring their transition to school is as smooth as possible.

Most schools then invite the children to visit, giving them a tour of the school, their new classroom and a chance to meet the teachers and the current Reception pupils. This helps the children to become familiar with their new school and to ease any anxieties they may have about starting school.

During the summer term we plan activities for the children to discuss and reassure them for the transition process, e.g. school uniform role play, wearing their school uniform to nursery for a week, books about going to school, photo books of the schools the children will be attending, in order to ease any of their concerns and fears.