Daisy (2 - 3 years)
In our Daisy unit we provide care to children from two to three years old. We offer a free flow environment to fulfil the strong explorative instinct of children of this age group. The experiences offered are planned around the children’s interests and linked to the three prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):
Three prime areas:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSE)
- Communication and Language (CL)
- Physical Development (PD)
The experiences offered are planned and evaluated to ensure every child’s individual developmental needs are catered for, and they are achieving their learning outcomes. Periods of sustained shared thinking are utilised and vast amount of resources are available for schematic play. Children can develop their imaginative and creative skill in their play through sand, water, paint, corn flour and clay or dough. Children can extend and develop their imagination in role play, practicing and revisiting familiar experiences.
In our mark making area children are able to experiment with different materials, develop hand and eye co-ordination, and cultivate early writing skills. We have a book area where children can explore books, develop early language and listening skills and explore the events of the world around them.
The free flow environment includes the outside area where children can develop and enhance their physical skill using the surroundings as well as large physical equipment such as slide, climbing frame, tyres, bikes, prams, hoops and balls. The children also have access to a large grassed area attached to the rear of nursery.
The children’s usual sleep pattern is after lunch, but where children need to sleep at different times will be accommodated and discussed between the children’s parent/carer and keyworker.
We make sure the children are safe and comfortable at all times. Our children sleep on bed mats and each child has their own bedding, which is kept in a basket with their name on and is washed on a weekly basis or before if needed.
Staff members interact with the children at all times enabling them to model play, behaviour and build strong attachments with their key children. These attachments enable the keyworkers to plan experiences to meet individual needs and record their development in their profile.
Positive relationships with parent/carers are key to the successes of a child as they enable the keyworker to meet the children’s individual needs effectively, plan appropriately, offer support accordingly and record development accurately towards the EYFS.
Each child has a profile containing observations, work products and their 'My Learning Picture' - the assessment tool for meeting the EYFS learning and development steps.
These are available to you at all times and can be taken home to share with family and friends. Practitioners are available to speak to on a daily basis and longer discussion can be arranged when required.
Meet our team
Room Leader (SENCO)
I have worked in childcare for the last 10 years and have a Cache Diploma level 3. I have been working at the University of Bradford Nursery since 2007, I am the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) officer for the Nursery and have recently been appointed the Room Leader in the Daisy Room.
I have worked in childcare for the last 26 years, the last 20 years I have been at the University Nursery and previous to that I ran my local play group. I have N.V.Q levels 2 and 3.
I have a CHCHE Level 3 in childcare and the care of young people. I have five and a half years of experience working with children after qualifying in 2012 and I was also been a pre-school room leader in a previous role.
I gained a BTEC Diploma in Nursery Nursing 19 years ago but I took a break to raise my two sons and I have been in my present post for the last 2 years.