At Orchard Lea Nursery we have an array of group activities catering for both 2 year olds and under, and over 2 year olds. All of our activities are designed to engage and stimulate your child, whilst also being loads of fun!
With every child being different, we realise the importance of variation in what they do from day to day. We try to help your child find what they do enjoy, rather than forcing a routine that they don't enjoy.
Baby Unit (Ducklings & Pandas)
The new ground floor baby unit is self-contained accommodating up to 9 babies from 6 to 17 months, with three full time members of staff working in this area. The staff members are supported by a lunch time helper, thus establishing a high degree for continuity of care - which we believe is particularly important with under 2 year olds.
There is a separate sleeping room, play room and fully equipped bathroom, with full use of the garden and astro turf area of the main nursery during quieter parts of the day. The Babies also have spontaneous access to their own secluded safety decked area.
Babies are given every opportunity to develop at their own rate whilst participating in a loosely structured day which introduces them to, arts & crafts, water play, music and singing. This is flexible enough to allow for their individual routines with relevant levels of stimulation.
Staff ratio for this group is 3:1
The Toddler (Tiger) Room
The Tiger Group caters for children between the ages of 17 and 24 months. The working child to staff ratio is 3:1 with two full time members of staff. Activities are planned to introduce foundation skills.
Once again we feel it is important to have a loosely structured day allowing our toddlers to maintain their individual routines yet still participating in our active day. The toddlers are based in this area but do use other parts of the nursery and its equipment, including full use of the garden and astro turf as part of their daily routine. The Toddlers also have spontaneous access to their own secluded safety decked area.
During your visit please see our baby/toddler room, where staff will be happy to provide a copy of their day’s activities.
We are registered to take 18 under 2 year olds at Orchard Lea Nursery.
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As your child moves groups in the main nursery they will be given an information sheet which explains the differences in the new group and who their new "Key Person" will be.
The Butterfly Group
The Butterfly Group caters for children from 24 months to 36 months.
The sessional activities are planned around our children’s individual needs and interests, and we establish basic foundation skills in all areas of learning. The working child to staff ratio for this group 4:1.
The Rabbit Group
The Rabbit Group caters for children from 36 months and their planned activities continue to build upon each child’s individual skills and interests - learning at their own pace, and giving them confidence and enjoyment in all activities. Staff ratio for this group 8:1.
The Fish Group
The Fish Group is for pre-school children with the structured day being planned to be very similar to reception class. This group gets the children more than readily prepared for school - making the transition easier. The children will become confident and motivated to learn having acquired all the necessary pre-school skills. The group is led by a qualified teacher who has established strong links with our local schools.
Staff ratio for this group 8:1.