The Minis room is well equipped with a wide variety of exciting toys for them to explore. There is a well-resourced ‘home corner’ area for acting out experiences they have seen and building on imagination skills. A construction and small world area to help develop fine motor skills and an understanding of the world around them. We have a calm cosy book area where our Minis can read books with practitioners or take some time to relax during the busy day. And finally, lots of open plan space for them to transport toys and negotiate, practicing all of their gross motor movements. Practicality is key, which is why our Mini Room also has an en-suite changing facility where we provide high quality nappies, wipes and cream included in our prices. There is also a kitchenette where medicines are stored out of reach.
A separate Art Studio and mealtime area allows our practitioners to maintain the highest level of cleanliness while our Minis experience a variety of messy situations; from full body painting to learning to independently feed themselves. Getting creative with paint and glue is encouraged and early mark making skills will start to develop with carefully planned activities. Mealtimes are a social event and miniature tables and chairs provide the next step from highchairs. The children are encouraged to feed themselves while being carefully supervised, encouraged and supported.
Our Minis make use of our outdoor garden space, which is an extension to the learning environment and is used every day regardless of the weather. Our Minis will enjoy experiences such as splashing in muddy puddles, building sandcastles and finding minibeasts – all activities that drive investigation and problem-solving skills. They also use our indoor physical play space ‘Playclub’ for their daily Baby Moves session – more information on the benefits of these sessions for this age group can be found on our Baby Moves section of the website.