Move to Henbury Village Hall

Our Henbury groups have now moved to Henbury Village Hall. Stay & Play is there on Tuesdays at 10am, and Tiny Tots is Thursdays at 10am.

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Daisy Room (2 – 3yrs)

Take a look around Daisy Room in this short video:

 

Daisy Room provides care for 2-3 year olds. During a session a maximum of 20 children play in Daisy Room and its outside garden space, with a ratio of 1:4 adults to children.

The Daisy Room environment has been planned to provide children with space to explore, as well as calm and cosy spaces for quieter times of the day.  The children are encouraged to join in with familiar routine events, such as a ‘Welcome Time’ when they gather together with the adults to find out who has come to Daisy Room today.  This is followed by an interactive story time in a large group, when the adults and children join together to act out a familiar story, following a ‘story map’.  The children are encouraged to use their voices and whole bodies to act out the story to support them to build up a ‘bank of stories’ that will support their later writing skills.  These story maps are shared with families and the children become the ‘experts’ who can teach the adults their stories.

Daisy Room children then explore the indoor and outdoor classrooms during a free play session where they can access materials such as construction, role-play, small-world play, messy play, paint, playdough, water, ICT equipment, writing materials and materials to encourage counting, sorting and measuring.  During this free play time the children can freely access drinks at the water table and snacks from the snack bar, with the support of an adult.  We encourage the children to be as independent as possible and to have a go at pouring their own drinks from small, flat-bottomed water jugs, and to be involved in preparing the snack by cutting up fruit, supporting the children’s developing fine motor skills.  Snack time provides a great opportunity for the children to interact with one another and the adults, to discuss the food on offer and to introduce skills such as sharing and turn-taking.

The Daisy Room staff prepare the room for the children by closely observing their interests and then planning resources and activities to promote and develop these interests.  We really value parents’ contributions to the children’s learning and development and parents will be asked to contribute to our planning and to their child’s learning diary.

The Centre has an all-weather outdoor play policy and we provide waterproofs and a covered area to allow the children to get outdoors throughout the year.  We ask parents to make sure their child is dressed for the weather and has a change of clothes in their bag as we do get quite messy!  Children regularly take part in Forest School activities when they are encouraged to explore our small wooded area with the support of the Daisy Room team and a trained Forest School Leader.  These sessions develop the children’s independence and resilience as they take part in completing small, achievable tasks, such as ‘whittling’ sticks, improving their self-esteem and confidence.  Parents are invited to join their child for one Forest School session.

A hot lunch is prepared for the children on-site by our Kitchen team, Deb and Carmen, or parents may choose to send in a packed lunch.  See our Food Menus page for further information.

After lunch there is a quiet session, during which the children can have a sleep.  The team are happy to adapt nap routines and support your child as they begin toileting.

In Daisy Room we celebrate ‘being two’ as an incredible stage of children’s development and we also recognise that it comes with its challenges; the team are happy to support parents on development, behaviour and issues around eating or sleeping, and we can also draw on the expertise of our Family Support team who are based on site here at Brentry.