In our Ducklings Room our highly experienced staff team care for children under 2 year of age. Our priority is to create a home away from home for your baby where they can grow and develop in a safe and stimulating environment.
We offer a wide variety of activities and opportunities for your baby to participate in. We get outdoors as often as possible and our babies enjoy walks around our local community as well as picnics in the park and visits to local landmarks and playgrounds.
We ask that you bring a supply of nappies and milk to nursery to ensure continuity between home and nursery for your baby. We are a breast feeding friendly nursery and support mothers returning to work who still wish to breast feed.
Our minimum staff ratio in our baby room is one member of staff to every three children and were possible this number is lower.
Around the time your baby reaches 18months – 2 years and once they have found their confidence, your child’s key worker will discuss your baby moving to through to the Robins room.
Our Robins Room has an extensive range of quality toys and activities to aid the continuing development of your child. The Robins are given a greater choice of learning opportunities including arts and crafts, construction activities, cooking and baking experiences and much more. We will introduce early numeracy and literacy through play based activities designed to develop your child’s communication skills.
Our minimum staff to child ratio in our Robins Room is one member of staff to every three children under the age of two years old and one member of staff for every five children between the ages of 2 and 3 years old.
By adopting a more challenging and varied approach to the day, the period in the Robins Room provides for a smooth transition to the room once you’re your child is around 3 years of age. We will always discuss the transition process with you before any room changes happen.
Our Puffins Room follows the Curriculum for Excellence. Our minimum staff to child ratio in our Puffins Room is one member of staff to every eight children.
Our Ante-Preschool children benefit from an extensive variety of resources and activities which are available both indoors and outdoors. We promote independence during meal times, toileting and dressing for different types of weather. The children are given the opportunity to assess risk through play. We also have access to a number of different technologies such as i-Pads and interactive whiteboards.
During your child’s time in the Puffins Room we will aim to provide them with a wide range of experiences and opportunities to develop their confidence and independence, ready for their transition to our Pre-School Room.
Celtic Cross Nursery is recognised as a pre-school centre by the local Education Department. In our Owls Room children will follow the Curriculum for Excellence. Your child will progress to the Owls Room at around 4 years of age and stay in this room until they go off to school!
Our minimum staff to child ratio in our Owls Room is one member of staff to every eight children.
Our pre-school children benefit from an extensive variety of resources and activities which are available both indoors as well as outdoors following their interests to expand their knowledge and their individual needs. We ensure we are meeting their individual need by promoting independence; we visit local services, library, and supermarkets. We also participate in the Tesco Eat Happy Project Farm to Fork scheme.
We pride ourselves on ensuring that when children leave nursery to move on to school, they do so confidently and independently. We have excellent links with the two main primary schools in the areas but also the smaller schools linked to the area. The children all go to school taking with them the enjoyment of learning and a pride in their achievements.
We have three outdoor play areas plus a fabulous forest area at Celtic Cross Nursery. These areas include a mud kitchen, astro-turf area, dens, and climbing frames. A variety of activities are set up by staff in these outdoor areas on a daily basis as we try to take our indoor learning outside with us as much as possible.