Our baby unit has been specially designed for our youngest children to give a feeling of warmth and security combined with a selection of carefully chosen toys and activities. Our baby unit offers a separate sleeping area so your child can sleep and have naps whenever needed. We also have a separate “little garden” which is shared with the toddlers. Our “little garden” has a mini-mud kitchen and a selection of outdoor activities which are perfect for babies and toddlers. Our baby unit has its own entrance to give parents and children time for a calm drop-off and collection.
We liaise closely with parents to ensure that we mirror your child’s care routines from home. Much of the day is flexible to meet the individual needs of each child. At the end of each session, we will give you full feedback regarding your baby’s day. All new babies have a gentle introduction with at least 2 settling in sessions.
The Jack and Jill Baby Unit is a calm and nurturing environment which will help your baby feel safe and secure. During their time in the Baby Room, we will work closely with you to encourage your child’s development and help them reach their “baby milestones” including:
For most sessions, the children are based in the baby unit, toddler room or pre-school room according to their age. For some sessions and some activities, the children may be mixed together with older or younger children. For example, the babies and younger toddlers might play together in the “baby garden” while the older toddlers might be outside with the pre-school children in the “big garden”. Children may also be mixed for some group activities and if they arrive early or stay for the late session. Mixing the children ensures that all the children know each other and all the staff know all the children. Mixing children in this way also helps encourage social interaction, gives the younger children confidence (and a chance to learn from the older children) and gives the older children a great opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge to the “little ones!”
Katie has worked at Jack and Jill for 3 years and has a level 3 NVQ. She’s also our Health and Safety Officer. She’s no stranger to Jack and Jill as she attended our pre-school when she was 3.
Katie has wanted to work with children from a young age. After college, she worked at a ski resort looking after children aged 0 -12 years, she has also been a Guide, Rainbow and Brownie leader. Katie has an Early Years level 3 qualification and has completed a specialist training course for the under 2’s. Like all our staff, Katie also has a paediatric first aid certificate, safe-guarding training and health and safety training.