All children within Little Angels receive the highest quality of care and education.The environment is carefully prepared and organised to involve your child in learning through play, taking into account current curriculum guidelines for the under 5’s; The Nursery is divided into three age groups and works within the framework of ‘Birth to Three Matters’ for the 0-3’s and ‘The Foundation Phase’ for the over 3’s. We have a themed approach to planning and delivering activities. Children move rooms in line with their individual stage of ability and not solely in respect of their age.
CATERPILLARS & LADYBIRDS ROOM
The children are placed within this room from 6 weeks. They are introduced to a world of new visual, auditory and tactile experiences, focusing on a babies' natural urge to use their senses and explore. The room is softly furnished which creates a homely, comfortable environment and the toys have been carefully selected to encourage babies to play and learn. The day is structured around your child’s individual daily home routine, however we do encourage a balance between stimulating and soothing activities throughout the day. Such activities involve painting, experimenting with materials and textures, sand and water play, puppets and story time, exploring body movements, movement to music and many more. To introduce the babies to various environments, they are also taken for regular walks to local parks and places of interest.
BUMBLE BEES & BUTTERFLIES ROOM
The children then progress to the Bumble Bees and Butterflies room, where they are introduced to an open plan free play environment offering more challenging activities and opportunities to develop their independence and individuality, heavily influenced through play. The layout of the room is set to havea relaxed home like atmosphere where the children are split into smaller cosier groups, each with designated key workers. The morning involves free play, circletime, breakfast, structured activities, outdoor play and singing. The afternoon continues with lunch and quiet time, activities, a light tea, singing, outdoor playand free play. The activities involve; imaginary play, stories, music, construction toys, soft play, painting and sticking, sand and water play, basic number and language skills and many, many more.
DRAGONFLIES & GRASSHOPPERS ROOM
The final progression within the Nursery involves the children moving into the room of the Dragonflies and the Grasshoppers. Within this room the children are encouraged to explore, think independently and solve problems. The room is again open plan and aspects of learning are heavily introduced through play and child-led activities. The staff work with the children to ensure that we are delivering the appropriate Foundation Phase curriculum (for 3-5 year olds) just as they would in school. Thus ensuring they will be confident and independent learners when they start in 'Big School'.
This is communicated bilingually.
To read more please click onto - Birth to three matters and Foundation phase