Interested in finding out about the next stage in your child's education?
Scarisbrick Hall School, which sits in the same grounds as Beautiful Beginnings, could be the perfect next step for your child. Combining a historic setting with a dynamic approach, our excellent Pre-School, First School, Middle School and College truly embody a philosophy of "education for life".
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Your baby will flourish in our loving home-from-home environment that encourages exploration and investigation through play.
We encourage your child to choose their own Key Person, this supports your child’s ability to choose their best match both as a playmate and care giver.
Our Baby Unit is designed with areas for messy play and eating (without the worry of making a mess when learning to feed ourselves): free play, allowing space for ‘growing and developing’ and a cosy area to allow quiet times and encourage ‘emotional well-being’.
Our separate baby changing room is designed to keep nappy changing times fun and hygienic whilst respecting the privacy of the child. A milk kitchen allows staff to prepare milk feeds and babies solid feeds in a clean and sterilised environment.
Below is a guide of what to expect when you first visit the Baby Unit. We are happy to incorporate any special requests you have for the care and development of your child.
Homely with comfy chairs and cushions which enables the opportunity for your baby to snuggle in
Equipment and resources that promote discovery as well as encourage development and sustain curiosity
We offer many opportunities for your child to sleep including traditional cots, low level bags and comfy cushions
Our Baby Unit has direct access to the garden and outdoor play
Our staff are fully qualified, DBS checked and also highly trained within this age group
Staff will spend time communicating to all of the babies
The staff to child ratio is one to three in the baby unit
The staff in the baby unit genuinely enjoy their work and will show a real interest in every baby as an individual
We do not have a specific routine within our baby unit. Your child will be encouraged to follow the same routine at nursery as they do at home.
You will be asked to remove your shoes to keep the floor clean and hygienic before entering the Baby Unit.
To help your child feel more secure about being left in the nursery, your child’s key person will arrange a ‘settling-in period’ with you, up to 6 weeks before your child’s first proper day. This could be for a couple of hours, half a day, or a few short visits over a week, depending on your child’s needs. This experience prepares you for the first occasion when you leave your child at the nursery, ensuring a smoother transition for you both!
When you drop off your child the nursery team will be ready to give your baby a cuddle to ensure that they are feeling secure and safe on your departure.
You will be invited to call us during the day for an update about how your baby has settled in. We will regularly e-mail parents photographs and information on how they have been, especially if they have done something special.
When you collect your baby you will be given a daily sheet which tells you:
How much your child has eaten and drunk
What activities they have been doing and have enjoyed
How many nappies they have used and their condition
Whether they have been on a walk
Whether they have slept and how long for
The staff will be on hand to help you with your babies coat and other belongings.
What you should bring
Expressed breast or formula milk. We follow Health Protection Agency guidelines on bottle feeding and we ask that you bring a sealed tub of milk which will need to be replaced monthly due to vitamin depletion
Change of clothes for the time of year – including vest, top, trousers and socks
Coat, hat and gloves
Sun cream/ sun hats
Any special creams that need administering
Photographs of special people in their lives
Staff wear protective clothing when preparing milk feeds and aprons and gloves when changing nappies
Our team of cleaners work out of hours each day ensuring that the nursery is clean, dust free and sterilised ready for the next day.
Mealtimes are a special time of day and a pleasant social occasion.
Meals are freshly cooked on site and are healthy and well balanced. We include fresh fruit or vegetables at main meals and ensure no extra salt is added. We cater for individual needs and preferences. We will discuss your child’s dietary preferences and eating habits with you. Any special dietary requirements or food allergies are displayed in the kitchen and all our staff are made fully aware of this.
Our Philosophy on Feeding Babies
Babies come to us from birth and at that stage babies will still be on a diet of purely milk, so their mealtimes are dictated by their routine at home. We will feed them when they are hungry with their milk, which you provide. They will be held and cuddled while they are fed just like they would be at home.
Once the child is weaned we will feed them in either a floor chair or bumbo chair. Their food will be freshly made and pureed to the consistency they prefer. We will give you full details of what they have eaten and how much. Again we will stick to the routine they have at home.
Children will be given cow’s milk once they are old enough to have it, usually at about a year, whole/blue milk is used for children under 1.
Our staff take a full part in meal times and will chat with the children as they feed them.
Our children learn how to use cutlery as they get older and, through eating together, learn about taking fair shares and other necessary skills for eating together. No-one is expected to rush, or to eat food they don’t like, we do however encourage children to try different foods.
Making Arrangements to View and Registration
Due to the high demand for sessions within our Baby Unit we would recommend that you view the nursery as soon as possible as we often have a waiting list.
To arrange a viewing please call 01704 842222.