At Ramillies Hall Nursery, the children are taught and cared for in 3 separate departments, according to their age with each group occupying their own building.
Oak House is a single storey building overlooking our front lawns, set among trees and is where our dedicated team of practitioners look after babies from 6 months to approximately 2 years.
At the front of the building are 2 large playrooms, each with a distinctive but homely feel. The Baby room is designed to be a home from home for our younger babies where they can be nurtured in cosy spaces and learn to explore the bigger spaces whether crawling, shuffling or taking their first steps. The room opposite provides for our “waddlers”, those babies who are a little more mobile and ready to take on the challenges of the slide or play imaginatively in the home corner. There are still cosy areas for some down time and the children benefit from using a large whiteboard to encourage them to move to music and develop their song repertoire. There is also a small creative area where children can begin to make their first marks, or make crafts with staff support.
The building also has a dedicated nappy changing room and a separate sleep room. Our babies sleep either in cots or on floor mats, depending on their age and individual preferences. Staff supervise sleeping at all times.
Meals are enjoyed in our large kitchen diner, with children sitting on age appropriate chairs at our 2 round tables, or in high chairs. Our kitchen is also used by all departments for cooking activities with the children.
For most of us, our favourite room is our Sensory room where children experience awe and wonder at the display of lights, range of textures and relaxing soft textiles. We have a good collection of sensory toys including our treasure baskets where babies can use their whole range of senses to explore the environment.
Throughout the day, babies are able to explore their environment through self chosen activities, interspersed with adult led activities such as music, singing, dancing, stories, cooking and craft activities. There are opportunities for sensory play, sand, water, playdough, natural materials and construction. We work in partnership with parents so that we can follow babies’ routines in terms of sleep and to begin with meal times.
The nursery benefits from extensive grounds and all the departments make the most of the opportunities for getting children outside. Our babies enjoy playing on the front lawn, visiting our large playing fields or going in the buggies to the village.
If you decide you would like your little one to join us, about a month before they are due to start, you will be invited in for a visit with them, to meet the team and in particular your child’s Key Person. All children in the nursery have a member of staff who is their Key Person. This is the person who will get to know you and your child best and help them to settle in initially and monitor their learning and development. They will keep a learning journal using our Online system “Famly” where you will be able to see observations about your child’s learning and development. After the initial settling in meeting, we will invite your child in for some settling in sessions at different times of the day so that we can get to know them, and they get to know us.
If you choose Ramillies, you won’t be disappointed. We have a fantastic team of practitioners with a good level of qualifications and all trained in Paediatric first aid. All baby room staff have training specific to caring for babies and our department leader has been with us over 20 years.