We have a range of toys and equipment to suit children of all ages, needs and stages of development; these include jigsaws, building blocks, cars, animals, dolls house, castle, musical instruments… the list goes on! We allow children to join in painting and craft activities, baking, play dough and role play.

We cater for babies needs with bouncers, play mats and other suitable toys for non-walkers.

We have chairs and tables suitable for children of all ages, to allow them to join in activities and for meal times.

We have a book/quiet area and multiple areas/playrooms spread out on the ground floor, which allows the children to play safely and in their own space. We make use of a separate room to use for sleeping, with cots or sofas for chilling out on. We have a sensory room on the premises which can be used by all age groups.

For children over 8 yrs we have areas for them to “hang out” separate from the younger ones if they wish. Tables and chairs for homework and use of a television for educational programmes or games.

We have a large fenced garden, with a grassed area, bark area and area of artificial grass for the younger ones to play. Sand and water trays are made available, a selection of bikes, play houses, plus play equipment to suit all ages and a trampoline. We encourage the children to join in additional activities relating to the weather e.g. a paddling pool for warmer days.

We are looking to use part of the garden for the children to grow plants and vegetables, giving them the opportunity to learn about gardening, growing and working together but this is a working progress.

Mealtimes

Mealtimes and snacks are enjoyed throughout the day at similar times every day, though depending on the activity were doing the times may slightly vary.

Breakfast          7.30 – 8.00
Snack               10.00 – 10.15
Lunch               12.00 – 12.30
Snack               14.00 -14.15
Dinner              16.30 – 17.00

As a setting we support and extend children’s learning through planned and spontaneous play. We carefully organise enabling environments for high-quality play. They learn through a mixture of child-led play with the support from adults to help them share, take turns, join in with others play and explore the resources available. At times during the sessions, we will organise adult-led circle time activities to boost our topics, do focused activities and follow our curriculum.

The Mini-Me Rules help the children learn our behavioural expectations in a simple way.

We all follow our behavioural policy to ensure our approach is fair and consistent.

Max the bear is used as an independent voice and tool to be able to talk to the children about feelings and behaviour during an adult-led session or for any children who need additional 1-1 support

Mini-Me Childcare follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) the statutory framework and standard we must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5. The rooms we use are designed to support the seven areas of learning and development that shape the educational programmes in our setting.

By the time a child is ready to transition to school nursery we want them to be able to:

  • Follow simple instructions, such as to collect or put away an object.
  • communicate their feelings, asking simple questions and talking about different topics, including people who are special to them and special occasions.
  • Hold and use pencils, crayons, or paintbrushes to make marks.
  • move in different ways, such as hopping, jumping, and running.
  • Choose an activity to do, join in with activities others are doing, taking turns when playing together.
  • Use a spoon, fork, and knife to eat and a cup to drink.
  • Use the toilet, washing and drying their hands.
  • Put on/take off their coat and shoes.
  • talk about stories we’ve read together.
  • say number names in order to 10; play counting and number games.
  • create sounds and sing songs/rhymes.
  • play make-believe games by pretending.

Learning Journals

In line with the Early Years Foundation Stage we have folder on each child containing their development and learning from observations and activities, both with us and parents/carers at home. Parent/carers can have access to the profiles at any time. All information kept on the premises on the children including Learning Journals are kept secure.

We encourage parents to share achievements from home.