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Grasshoppers (Baby Unit)

The baby unit, known as 'Grasshoppers', provides a homely environment for up to nine babies, from birth up to approximately 18 months. This classroom is on the first floor and is large, bright and airy. We have an area for feeding and messy play and a separate area for general play, reading and other activities. We have three dedicated members of staff in the baby room. In this room, we very much cater for the individual needs of the child and follow the parent's normal routine. Many of the activities and the equipment used, are designed to encourage learning through stimulating their primary senses of sight, hearing, touch and smell and they are encouraged to relate to each other and to the adults. We have a separate sleep and sensory room which is located next to the main classroom. We have a baby monitor in this room and the babies are checked on regularly whilst they are sleeping. We also have a kitchen specifically for the baby room and a dedicated baby and toddler garden to the rear of the property.

Before a baby starts with us we welcome parents to visit for settling in sessions with their baby (this is encouraged in all groups). This ensures greater consistency and exchange of information for when the baby starts. Once with us, each child has a 'Home Link' book used by parents and staff to ensure everyone is fully informed. Details of general welfare, milk, food and nappy changes and any other concerns or comments are included. It is also possible for the parents to note down key pieces of information they may want to share with the staff, for example, 'yesterday Isla took her first steps!'

Nappies, formula milk, meals and snacks have to be provided. However, we are able to heat up food and can store breast milk if mum is still breastfeeding. We provide all wipes.