Rainbow room provides a large, well-lit space for up to nine babies from six months to two years old. We aim to follow your child’s daily routine to help him or her to settle in as quickly as possible, and also to feel safe and secure within new surroundings. There is a large, sheltered outdoor area, which children have regular open access to explore, along with a separate quiet sleep area.
Exploration and Learning
The staff in baby room work focus more on the three prime areas of learning, which are:
Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relations and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and how to manage their feelings; to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment, to develop their confident and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to achieve and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
The children participate in a multitude of play experiences based around their developmental needs and individual interests. Opportunities for one to one interaction with staff and other children and a chance to enjoy early games and singing will be a part of your child’s daily play.
We all know that babies love to explore the world around them and their needs are quite special. At Mildmay we recognise they must have careful, considered attention and so we provide a range of activities that allow them to experiment and explore through play and sensory experiences. Because they continually learn through their senses we use a wide variety of exciting materials sometimes in treasure baskets to teach your children about texture, smell, shape and sound.
The children discover water, sand, play dough, printing and lots of other fun and exciting ‘messy activities’. We firmly believe that children learn through play and so we encourage imagination and creativity by using objects such as balloons, boxes and bags. Board books, music and finger rhymes help to develop listening skills and rhythm, and to recognise sounds.
As the babies grow to be toddlers there are some memorable milestones to enjoy -probably the most exciting being when they learn to walk. It is at this stage of development when the emphasis is on acquiring physical skills.
Their growing independence and efforts to become involved in activities are rewarded with lots of praise and encouragement. Encouraging independent skills such as feeding themselves, washing their faces after meal times and dressing themselves prepare them for the transition into Sunshine room.