What We do in the Baby Room?
What happens in the baby room is underpinned by what we know about babies’ physical needs and their brain development. This influences our interactions, the physical environment and the activities we plan and provide.
Each baby is allocated a key person whose fundamental role is to help babies build a secure attachment and build on babies’ growing confidence to help them to begin to develop relationships with other children. They also share information with parents on an ongoing basis so that we keep abreast of children’s changing needs.
In our baby room, we encourage early communication through use of signs and symbols, promoting the use of signs through songs and when we say regularly-used words such as ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’. Through our positive interactions, we create a safe and happy environment. We ensure there is plenty of laughter in the knowledge that this supports babies’ healthy brain development.
For our youngest children, we provide a calm, peaceful environment through our fixed resources along with a range of stimulating toys and activities which encourage babies to explore and investigate using all of their senses. Babies enjoy opportunities to see, smell, touch, look and hear different materials as well as tasting different foods. We take them outdoors at least once a day, either in the nursery outdoor area or on outings in the local community, giving them opportunities to explore the local environment and the natural world.