These groups are aged between 0-2 years and have two members of staff to every group of up to 6 children. The environments are caring and happy and provide the opportunity for plenty of one to one interaction which is very important during the early stages of child development.
We have two separate areas to cater for the under two’s. A baby room for the little ones and a bigger area for the children once they are up on their feet.
We have large play rooms with wide ranges of stimulating toys; we encourage all the children as far as they are able, to take part in activities, such as painting, collage, construction, sand and water play. We have separate sleep rooms to encourage uninterrupted sleep.
Essentially, we have a flexible routine during the day as children of this young age are changing so quickly and their abilities and interests vary. We encourage the individual development of each child by ensuring they experience a blend of activities during their day.
Play time is treated as an essential part of their day; we also ensure that enough time is allocated to feeding which is an important period for their interaction with adults. We follow each child’s routine as all children are individuals.
At Chipmunks we provide a healthy snack lunch for children aged over 12 months, parents of younger children are asked to provide any food/milk that they will require for the day.
We encourage parents to be involved as much as possible with their child’s development and welcome any new ideas in order that we can develop the nursery and its activities to suit individual requirements were we can. We maintain records of each child’s progress at the nursery, which are readily available for parents to see and comment on as they feel appropriate.
The children develop a range of skills through a wide choice of activities which increase their confidence and they become more independent. The development of all children is supported by the EYFS.
Chipmunks Day Nursery Dorchester
6 Herringston Road
Manageress: Carolyn Green
Tel: 01305 260 002