Our babies from the age of eight weeks through to eighteen months, are cared for independently on the first floor of the house in our bright, modern Baby-Unit. Every aspect of the care of our very youngest children; feeding, changing, sleeping and play, takes place in purpose developed rooms. All the rooms are furnished to a high standard and the Baby Play Rooms have been equipped with interesting and entertaining toys and resources to aid early development.

Our experienced and qualified staff have been chosen most carefully. We know how important it is for you to be reassured that your baby is being cared for by someone you trust and are happy to leave your child with. You will find the Baby-Unit team confident and easy to talk to and they are working with our youngest children because it is what they love to do.

We operate a key person system here at Ellingham House. One member of staff being particularly responsible for each child. The Key person will naturally build a bond of friendship and trust with your baby to make them feel secure and happy in the nursery environment. This begins during the introductory visits when Sammy, the Baby-Unit Supervisor, will introduce your child’s key person to you and your baby.

Each day parents are able to discuss with the key person all the days activities and pass on any relevant information. You will also be issued with a daily diary, containing information recording all aspects of babies day in detail, including sleeps, feeds, drinks, nappy changes and the days happenings and acheivements!

Easy, comfortable communication between the Baby-Unit team and parents engenders confidence and peace of mind to the benefit of you and your baby. We endeavour to look after our parents to the same high standard of care that we will take of your child.

Continuity and stability of routine and care are very important to the well-being of the very young. We endeavour to maintain and emulate the routines followed by parents at home. Staff will discuss with you the individual requirements of your baby and within the demands of a busy unit will aim to care for your child in much the same way as you do at home.

The Baby-Unit day is naturally very much governed by feeds and sleeps, activities taking place when the children are most receptive to them. The days activities reflect the individual stages of development that the various children have reached: they include songs & nursery rhymes, stories, construction toys, activity gyms, moving toys – and of course, older babies enjoy messy play / painting, water, playdough and cornflour too!

All the babies have opportunities to relax and play in the sensory room where they can explore resources which promote tactile awareness, visual tracking and hand-eye coordination. The cosy corner, in the main baby playroom, is a place where the babies can spend quite a few moments snuggled up with key staff.

Throughout the year our babies enjoy buggy rides and their first early steps in our spacious garden and we often visit the animals in the paddock. In Spring and Summer we set up outdoor resources in the Baby pavillion so that the babies can independently access toys and resources.

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The Baby Unit

8.00 am Babies arrive into the nursery.
8.30 – 9.00 am Breakfast for those babies who need it, cereals and toast are provided.
9.00 am Nappy change, one to one time.
9.30 am Outdoor play – buggy rides, visiting the animals, playing in the Baby unit playground.
10.00 am

Drinks and snack time on a mat, promoting language and social skills. Typically breadsticks, fruit, organix baby snacks, water in a cup or bottle and milk.

Individual sleep time.

10.15 am Free play in main playroom and in small groups, playing in the little playroom, messy play, crawling and early walking opportunities, musical instruments, until lunchtime.
11.45 am Singing time, as a group, whilst we wait for lunch.
12.00 noon Lunchtime – our freshly cooked and prepared nursery meals of the day is pureed, mashed or chopped according to each babies stage of weaning. Parents may provide alternatives if they so wish, however, all and any dietary requirements can be met and provided for. During lunch, social and independence skills along with language skills are encouraged.
12.30 pm Nappy change and sleep time for those babies who sleep after lunch.
1.30 pm Session change over time from morning to afternoon. The morning session toys are replaced with a selection of different play resources to include: construction, books, musical instruments, and large play equipment.
2.00 pm

Drinks time, water and milk and snack.

Individual sleep time.

2.15 pm Outdoor play, in summer on blankets with toys under the trees, paddling pool and in winter we wrap up warm and go for walks.
2.30 pm Free play in main playroom until teatime. Older babies being readied for their ‘graduation’ to the toddler department will be introduced to play dough, painting with a brush, crayons – encouraging fine manipulative skills, sensory development, textures, hand-eye co-ordination, messy play.
3.45 – 5pm Nappy change, babies being readied for collection by their parents.
4.00 pm Teatime – a variety of finger foods, vegetables and fruit for younger babies.
All dietary requirements are met with as necessary.
6.00 pm The end of the nursery day.

Baby-Unit Miscellanea

Laundry – We are happy to wash clothing that becomes soiled during the nursery day in our laundry. However, please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly marked with your child’s name / initials. Please specify if you do not wish items to be laundered.
Bottles – Most of our babies use the bottles that we provide. However, some parents or their child may prefer an alternative style or make of bottle / teat and this we will use if provided.
Formula Milk – Parents may provide us with their chosen formula milk and our staff will then make up feeds in sterilised nursery bottles as required. Alternatively, parents may provide us with made-up labelled bottles, to be warmed as and when required.
Cots – Each child always has a clean sheet in his/her named cot.
Food – All children will have the opportunity to try a wide variety of tastes, flavours and textures. All dietary changes will be discussed between carer and parent. Staff will promote a healthy, varied diet in accord with the age and development of the individual.
Development – Staff aim to promote each individual babies development. ‘Milestones’ are monitored and discussed with parents and each child is encouraged to achieve his/her potential.