Babies

We have a large open plan baby room to accommodate our smallest children. Having babies from as young as 5 months old the levels of stimulation, engagement and care is extremely important as we know that at such a young age having key attachments with carers who are expertly trained with enough experience is imperative.

We have a large open plan baby room to accommodate our smallest children. Having babies from as young as 5 months old the levels of stimulation, engagement and care is extremely important as we know that at such a young age having key attachments with carers who are expertly trained with enough experience is imperative.

All of the feeding times for our babies aged 0 – 8 months are planned to fit around their individual routines as specified by their parents and a key worker system is in place within our baby room whereby the ratio of 1 practitioner to 2 or 3 babies means that all of the babies individual care routines can be delivered and their needs met. As the babies get older and begin to gain more independence their key attachments to their carers is still maintained and we often find that these practitioners become the 'secure base' that the babies will often seek comfort from or return to after their episodes of play.

To ensure that we encourage and introduce some independence as our babies move from the crawling and pulling up stage to walking and running, at Edgbaston Park we have introduced a transition room and group where babies from typically 15 months to 2 years will occupy a separate space in a room opposite our baby room which accommodates up to 6 that we have named our "Inbetweenies" group.

This room specifically assists our older babies with the skills that they will need for potty training, feeding themselves and communication as they approach 2 years old and move in to the "Tweenie" room. It is at this stage that taster sessions are introduced to ensure excellent transition and on a weekly basis the "Inbetweenies" and "Tweenies" have joint sessions in the "Tweenie" room where they do a joint activity.

Practitioners across all of these groups regularly discuss the children's progress and abilities and ensure that their observation, assessment and planning is expertly individualised and in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to ensure that they are on a constant learning journey.

Some of the things that we do in the Baby and “Inbetweenie” room include:

  • Hygiene time:- Practitioners assist the Inbetweenies with brushing their teeth, washing faces and washing hands. Song singing is used to engage all babies at this time
  • Mirror Play to encourage a growing self awareness
  • Picture books and stories that focus on a range of emotions
  • ‘Mark making’- using tools such as chalks and crayons
  • Tumble play and physical baby gyms where they learn to negotiate their bodies. This includes baby mazes and tunnels, trampolines and soft play stairs and slides.