Welcome to our rooms page, please see below for more information.
In the Jacinta room, the children ‘are the leaders of their own learning’. We use a wide variety of natural materials and resources to enhance their learning experience. The children using their own senses discover and explore the natural resources and materials which enhances their own interests. From this as a facilitator along with our natural environment this enables me to understand, recognise and appreciate the needs, wants and desires of the children and how I can help them to promote their natural talents and learning abilities. Our classroom is set up with lots of neutral colours, natural light, soft furnishings, mirrors to explore and is very open and spacious. It is like having a home from home. We have a lot of high contrasting materials which enable the Jacinta children to go on an exploration journey which matches their own interests.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Jacinta room.
Lucia’s room is for 2 years – 3 years old. Children have so much fun as they learn. We engage in activities that give children opportunities to learn, develop and have fun.he layout of the room is sectioned in a way that encourages children to play and explore independently and in a small group. Our rooms are light and airy allowing children to explore different fun activities. Resources are easily accessible to promote the development of their creativity and independence.
The Francisco room is for pre-school aged children – 3 and 4 years old. The room offers many natural, open-ended resources so that children can use their inherent imagination and creativity. For example, pine cones are great to feel and explore, to paint with, to create an environment for animal kingdoms but also as vital ingredients in the kitchen area!
Children are naturally curious and creative. How a child learns is as important as what s/he learns. The practitioners in the room follow the interests and fascinations of the moment and help to expand and extend the experience. Whether visiting the airfield, making a picnic, mixing colours, going on imaginary journeys by bus, car and train; adults will support not only the fun but the many other learning opportunities which present at these times. Active learning means that children are fully engaged.
We believe children learn at their own pace and level. The Reggio approach promotes learning through sensory activities which can be used by children of all ages. Creating literacy and numeracy opportunities through the use of the touch and feel of natural resources, e.g sand, clay, corks, reels, pebbles or flour leads to mark making and pencil skills on paper.
The open-ended resources promote the use of children’s imagination. Extending creativity and engagement extends attention skills. Listening to children and valuing their input into their activities empowers children to believe they can learn and teaches them not to fear failure, but to try again and find out what went wrong and how to fix it. This promotes lifelong learning skills.
Throughout the day we encourage children to build on their independence skills. We have high expectations in regards to promoting respect; for each other, their environment and the adults around them, to listening to each other and to the adults, with helping to set out snacks and setting the table for meals. We encourage them to assist in clearing up, returning toys and resources handling them correctly.
Our Mariano room is a beautiful room with large windows overlooking the natural environment of Old Sarum and is a dedicated room for our before school and after school children when they are within the nursery.
This allows those children to have a space separate from the younger children who attend Immaculate Tots where they can take time out to rest, compete homework and play, especially after and before a long day at school. We have lots of age appropriate resources for those children to use when they are in the setting.
During the day and outside of the before school and after school club, the Mariano room is a multi-functional room for the children within the nursery.
Staff can use this room as a small teaching space for smaller groups of children, a resting room for those children who may need some quiet time and children have access to a number of binoculars to enable them to watch the wide variety of planes and parachuting which occurs on the adjacent field.
This provides an excellent opportunity for the children to be able to expand their knowledge, communication and their own natural inquisitive nature, as well as being in the upper part of the building it provides the children with a different aspect to the environment than being on the ground level allows.
Sleep and Sensory Room
At Immaculate Tots we have a dedicated sleeping and sensory room. We recognise the need for children to have a safe space that is always designated for them to rest and to enable them to be within sight and hearing by a member of staff. Sleeping children are always checked upon every 10 minutes and we have a monitor that always allows staff to have a constant awareness of the sleeping child.
We follow the child’s natural sleeping routine and recognise that the child’s pattern may vary whilst within the nursery, we always work with the parents and carers to ensure that the child has an adequate amount of rest and with any changes to their child’s sleeping routine. We use a range of techniques to help the child to rest and all staff are aware of the importance of the child’s own individual rest needs.
We have three separate cots for sleeping babies and children. Any child who is too old for a cot, we have adequate sleeping mats for them to rest upon and use these to support the sleeping child. We maintain a high cleaning routine, so that every child always has access to clean and safe bedding materials and equipment.
Within our sleep and sensory room, we have a lovely sensory tent filled with lights, a bubble fish tube and other sensory objects that can enable all children to explore their other senses. We use this designated space when there are no sleeping babies/children within the room. This designated space is a great area for all children, in particular it can offer a calming effect on children who may be upset when dropped off at nursery or those who may have additional sensory needs. Every child has the right to access the sensory tent with an adult when required.