Just because they are the youngest in the 9 months family, does not mean that the babies are limited to certain activities. Babies at 9 Months Nursery engage in activities to stimulate all areas of development.
Babies enjoy making their first marks with painting, sticking, making collages, hand & feet printing and more. Their own work is displayed on the walls and also sent home for parents to cherish and enjoy.
Physical development is stimulated by going on walks, playing in the garden, music & movement sessions and using the soft play apparatus. Soft play enables babies to crawl through tunnels, climb onto cubes, move around on the mats and improve flexibility, balance and gross motor development.
Babies are encouraged to talk and vocalise throughout the day. Nursery Nurses listen to the sounds made by the babies and talk to them with plenty of eye contact. They are praised verbally and encouraged to communicate with those around them.
A variety of construction toys such as duplo, blocks, interstars, popoids and mega blocks are offered to develop hand eye coordination and fine motor skills.
Role play enhances imagination and gives the babies an opportunity to engage in social & emotional play. We have teddy bears picnics, playing with dolls and pretend play in the home corner.
Sensory development is a key area at this stage, exploring the 5 senses and learning how to use them is imperative. Below is an outline of the activities they participate in as part of the nursery routine.
Brightly decorated rooms with a variety of visual cues including babies own artwork and hanging displays. A range of multi coloured equipment and toys including UV lights, bubble lamp and fluorescent materials manufactured by Spacekraft, pioneers in visual aids for sight & sound development.
Musical toys and instruments to play with and explore. Music & movement sessions; using CD,s DVD´s and singing nursery rhymes.
Children are introduced to a variety of tastes in the multicultural menus offered from an early age. Games include food play such as jelly, which enhances their taste buds whilst they are exploring.
Food play & adding essence e.g. vanilla to other tactile activities.
Engaging in tactile exploration of resources and materials during art activities e.g. sticking, collage, painting & drawing. Using the treasure basket which is filled with objects made up of different textured materials. Looking at books made with a variety of materials to experience touching rough, soft, smooth, sticky, bumpy & cushioned surfaces. Using the paint trays to play with water, coloured water, cornflour, porridge, & jelly. Moulding & feeling playdough.