Baby Unit: 3 Months - 15 Months
Nurturing & Responsive Infant Care
Highly responsive care early in life is critical to your child’s success in school, relationships and in life. La Petite Academy provides a safe environment where your baby will not only be loved and cared for, but where our highly trained nursery nurses will work to stimulate your baby’s cognitive, emotional and physical development through movement, exploration and one-on-one nurturing.
Preparing Your Baby Through Care & Play
In addition to providing care and play time throughout the day, your child’s key person will engage your child through:
Movement: Infants use their senses and bodies to learn about the world. The practitioner’s knowledge allows your baby to move and participate in physical development exercises. During this time the babies will access soft climbers, mats, balls, push and pull toys, instruments and bean bags.
Exploration: Manipulating objects and interacting with different materials helps babies learn early mathematics and science concepts like size, shape and texture, practising key skills such hand-eye coordination. During exploration your baby will play with soft blocks, big cars and trucks, inset puzzles, nesting cups and more.
Relaxation: In this space, we quietly read books about people, animals and familiar objects and snuggle together with pillows, soft toys and other cuddly objects. The unit has various equipment to suit your child’s needs for sleeping including swings, baby bouncers, cots and sleep mats. Here, your baby can feel rested and relaxed, whilst drifting off to tranquil music.
Sensory Room: The babies have the opportunity to access the interactive sensory room located in the main nursery.
Baby Unit Outdoor Area: Babies access their own outdoor play area at the rear of the separate baby unit.
Your Babys Day
The specialised baby unit at La Petite Academy is equipped with areas designed to stimulate your baby’s learning. The baby unit is located in a separate building next to the main nursery and has its own access. The baby unit has a very light airy aspect, with a large low window which looks out onto the green.
It has its own milk kitchen, separate sleep room with cots, a changing area and access to the enclosed play area at the rear of the unit, with soft safety surfacing for crawlers. The baby’s progress and routines are monitored daily with a written report provided for their parents at the end of every day. This details how they have eaten, slept, and provides information about their personal care routine and how they have been throughout the day. Babies go out for walks into the local community in the three double buggies.
Based on the child’s development stage, we will discuss the transition to the main nursery when we feel the child is ready for Tweenies.