In our Sunbeams room we have highly experienced staff (staff ratio 1:3) whose priority is to follow the home routine of each baby as closely as possible. We have a spacious play area with a quiet and secure sleeping area and provide a variety of stimulating activities in a caring and friendly environment in order to promote your baby’s all round development. All planning is displayed on the room wall for you to view and see what activities and development your child will be participating in that week. Each child’s day is recorded for you to take home so you know exactly what your child has been up to.
Parents are asked to supply nappies and milk to ensure continuity between home and nursery for all babies. We are a breast feeding friendly nursery and will support mothers returning to work and still wishing to breast feed.
When your baby is around 2 years old and once they have found their feet we would hope to advance them to our Moonbeams Room. This would take place after discussions with yourself. Children in the Moonbeams Room are cared for under the supervision of qualified and experienced staff (Staff Ratio 1:5). A range of quality toys and activities are provided for the continuing development of your child.
In the Moonbeams room the children will take part in varied activities including painting, sand and water play, music, physical activity. The Moonbeams children go outside every day in all weathers and really enjoy trips to the library, park and beach.
Cove Bay Kindergarten is recognised as a 3-5s centre by the Education Department. In the Shining Stars Room children will follow the Curriculum for Excellence (Staff Ratio 1:8). Your child will progress to Shining Stars at around 3 years old.
The children in Shining Stars follow the same activities as in the Moonbeams classroom but at a level that is suitable for the age and stage of the child.
We pride ourselves on ensuring that when children leave the nursery to move on to school they do so confidently and independently, taking with them the enjoyment of learning and a pride in their achievements. We would strive for your child have the following skills when leaving the nursery: recognising and writing their own name, demonstrating good observational skills, showing preliminary reading skills, handling good pencil control, showing creative skills and knowledge of numbers.
At the end of each year the children take part in a graduation ceremony where they are presented with their leaving certificates and there is always a special party to mark the end of their time at Cove Bay Kindergarten.
We love to get outside here at Cove Bay! Children have direct access to our natural garden and we love taking regular trips to the beach, woods and local community. All our outdoor areas provides children with opportunities to get fresh air and have fun in a safe and secure environment.
Our youngest children are often seen out in our double buggies enjoying the fresh air, sights and sounds of the local community. We use Walkodile Child Safety Systems and high visibility vests to keep children safe when out on trips away from the nursery. We believe there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing – so we ask parents to provide their children with appropriate clothing for all types of weather, from wellington boots to sunglasses!