Bunnies and Hedgehogs
A cosy and nurturing space for our youngest children
Our caring team closely follow your individual child’s routine and build strong Key Person relationships with you and your child to help you both settle into the nursery routine. We have baby slings to use for our youngest babies, especially in the first few weeks of transitioning to nursery, this helps them feel safe and secure and to build the all important bond with their Key person. Your Key Person is always there for advice or to settle any nerves about leaving your little one for the first time (we know how hard this can be!).
If breast-feeding we will store your milk in our fridge until it your baby needs it, or if formula fed we make up each bottle fresh, following the manufacturers guidelines and our own bottle feeding policy. We are more than happy to help you and your little one in all stages of weaning and if you choose to have nursery meals, we make a range of alternatives appropriate for each stage.
The room has a cosy quiet area with cots and sleep pods which the babies use when they need some rest.
We LOVE sensory play! And our Bunnies and Hedgehogs fill their days exploring our treasure baskets, tactile trays and sensory areas.
A calming and wondrous space for our Toddlers
Children move to our Little Owls group when they turn 2 years old. They remain Little Owls until the September before they start school.
We have 2 adjoined room dedicated especially for our Little Owls. The
Children are free to use both rooms as they wish and we participate in
Free-Flow play of the garden whenever we can.
Our fantastic Little Owls team build up your child's independence and social skills at this key stage, giving them the tools to be able to make friendships and navigate their way through the tide of new emotions and skills that their they are learning every day!
Preparing for School
In the September of each year we welcome our new Wise Owls. We spend their
final year before school making sure our Wise Owls are well prepared for their
next step of their Learning Journey.
The Wise Owls have a large open plan room with direct access to the garden so that they can choose to be indoor or out at all times durig the day.
As we prepare the Wise Owls for school we start
more focussed teaching time and take part in planned group activities each day.
This time ensures that children are well prepared for the structure of the
school routine and to ensure that the group is working confidently in all areas
of the EYFS. Every Wise Owl gets their own book bag just like at
school and this can be used to take home work, letters and books from our
School Kids Out at Orchard Trees or ‘SKOOT’ is our out of school club.
run a Breakfast and After School club for Wheldrake children at Orchard Trees
Day Nursery and for North Duffield and Bubwith children at North Duffield
Pavilion. We also run a Holiday club from the Pavilion which is open to all.