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Quality Childcare in Waverton, near Chester

Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery is based in Waverton, just outside Chester.  We offer high quality childcare from birth to 5 years and we are open 51 weeks a year from 07:30 to 18:00 Monday to Friday.  

All of our rooms are equipped with resources appropriate to your child’s age and we having caring, experienced and qualified staff to ensure your child has a fun and stimulating day at nursery!! 

All activities are planned weekly by your child’s key-person and Room Leader following the child’s interests, all planning is available to look at in the room.  The activities are based on children’s observations by the practitioners as well as any interests specified by parents and carers about what they are doing at home.  These are cross referenced with the EYFS learning outcomes specific to the child’s age and stage of development.  These observations are recorded and displayed in the child’s own learning journey. Children are moved on through the areas of leaning and development from evaluation of the activities and communication with parents/carers. 

Every child will have a digital Learning Journey which tracks their development and is available for you to view at any time. This Learning journey is then taken to their primary school. We have parents evenings twice a year to give you the opportunity to discuss your child’s development in more detail. 

We understand that at the start and end of every day you will not have a lot of time to discuss your child’s day with their key worker but we have a day daily diary which is emailed to you which gives all of the information you need such as sleep, toileting, meals and activities.


Baby Room

Precious Stones (0-15 months)

We have a purpose built baby unit with under floor heating which is ideal for babies up to 15 months of age. Here your child can explore and play with soft toys. Your child can enjoy and explore all sorts of sensory play such as water, foam, gel and painting! They will also experience different sensory toys such as lava bottles, lava lamps, musical and light toys.

The enabling environment is perfect for babies; having sleeping arrangements which allow them to sleep as and when they want, as well as being put down to sleep on parents/carers request. We have cots or sleeping mats for parents who prefer this way of sleeping.

We also have a cosy/quiet area for the babies to have some quiet calm time away from all the fun and noise. This area contains a cosy nest for the children to hide in, lots of cushions, story books and jigsaws. We provide comfy chairs so that practitioners and babies can sit together. Other areas we include are construction, music, role play, free play and sensory activities.

 


 

Little Gems (15 months - 2 ½ years )

Montessori learning starts when your child moves into Little Gems at 18 months old and to prepare your child for this we have introduced the EYFS provision areas within this room. We have a cosy book corner which has a wide range of books such as ‘lift the flap’ and ‘touch and feel’ where your child can enjoy lots of stories and a “den” where they can explore and use their senses.

There is a construction area for building and a role play area where we have a kitchen with all the utensils. All of the activities and shelving units are child height and appropriate for the children of this age range.

We have a table where your child can use all sorts of materials such as playdough, paint brushes, sponges, rollers and their hands to explore textures and begin to make marks.

The room opens up into our next age group Mini Pebbles so the children are able to use a variety of resources available to them. We also encourage group activities such as “music and song time” with their “big friends” which helps encourage their social interaction with others.

Mixed age classrooms especially those for children aged 2½ are the most common in the Montessori method of teaching and learning.


Toddlers

Mini Pebbles (2 ½ – 3 years)

Two and half year olds are very curious and love investigating the world around them. This room is equipped with a large range of EYFS and Montessori equipment to stimulate the children. Each child is allocated their own key worker who will observe them and plan activities to help them achieve their individual goals and reach their full potential.

All children have their own pegs where they can hang their coats and bags and a drawer where they can keep their artwork or crafts. Children will continue to sleep on sleep mattresses. Planning is followed through the interests of the child as in accordance with the EYFS guidelines.