The baby’s room has spaces for 11 children. We have three baby educators. The staff to baby ratio is 3:11 in keeping with best practice.
The Babies Program is designed to provide a safe, nurturing environment that is warm and welcoming. Wherever possible the baby staff are consistent throughout the week, this assists the babies to bond and feel secure.
The Baby co-ordinator plans, in collaboration with the other staff and Educational Leader, for each child and records their development.
The baby's sleep in the same cot each time they come – the centre supplies sheets. The babies are checked every 10 minutes when asleep, this is recorded along with the time and length of the sleep/s.
Nappy changes are recorded; nappies are checked approximately every two hours.
Our day in the baby room – most times are approximate:
In winter the children play indoors until after morning tea, outdoor play is weather dependent.
Parents are invited to add to the program at any time.
The outdoor environment is seen as an extension of the classroom for investigating, exploring and relationship building. It is continually developing as a natural play area to suit children of all ages and stages of development.
The young babies have a designated area which extends from the verandah. This has soft matting and shade cloth providing a play area with filtered shade to protect the babies sensitive skin.
For the active children we have a bike and scooter track, swings and adventure playground which has a rock climbing area, ladders and pathways to a bird feeder.
The bike track is shaded by Apple, Plums and a Cherry tree which also add to our awareness of the changing seasons and the life cycle of deciduous trees. Harvest time offers opportunities for collecting fruit for eating, juicing and cooking.
The garden has a vegetable growing area located in a central part of the garden adjoining an arbour seat which is covered by two Banksia roses. Two strawberry beds provide interest as the children eagerly watch and wait for the fruit to develop. The worm farm compost bin provides a great way of recycling food scraps and then our gardens benefit from the worm juice.
For those times when children choose to rest, a herb and sensory garden has developed in a quiet corner of the garden with a number of pathways leading to a long seat and a bird bath. The area invites children to sit and read or talk with friends. The entrance is framed with an archway that features galloping horses.
A large sandpit is located near a row of poplar trees which provides shade in summer but allows warming sunlight in winter. On hot days water flows down the the river bed and into the sandpit providing opportunities for water play and lots of fun.
The mountain weather means that we experience seasons of cold and snow as well as high temperatures and intense sunshine. As we value outdoor play and all that the outdoors offers, we have created a covered outdoor learning area for those extreme days. The area can be enclosed by rolling down windowed blinds, creating a large usable space for the children to play in all weather.