Daisies (12 – 18 months)
The Daisies are located on the first floor and caters for 12 mobile babies aged 12 – 18 months. The room is divided into 2 playrooms which includes a wet/messy area and a carpet for activities and a quiet, relaxing sleep area where we provide low level sleep mats and clean fresh bedding for the children each day.
As children become more mobile, new opportunities arise for them to exercise and explore. At Darling Buds, we provide plenty of age appropriate resources to help children develop their curiosity, co-ordination and further develop their physical abilities.
During these crucial developmental years, children start to learn the beginnings of self-control and how to relate to other people. We understand that it’s vitally important that children are encouraged to develop their social and cognitive skills and our highly experienced staff will build on these communication skills so each child not only begins to develop a sense of self, but also becomes more able to express their feelings and needs.
Alongside non-verbal communication, children learn a few simple words for everyday things and people. With encouragement and plenty of interaction with carers, a child’s communication skills grow and their vocabulary expands very rapidly during this stage of their development.
Exploration and simple independence builds a sense of self-confidence, also provides valuable learning experiences about boundaries and how to handle frustration.
Playing with toys that come apart and fit together encourages problem solving and simple planning, while imaginative play helps children learn about a range of possibilities. At this stage of development, adults are an important source of security and comfort.
Learning & Development
The Daisies operate on a 1 adult to 3 children ratio in a room that is designed to provide a safe, secure, yet challenging environment for children. The complementary garden area also provides opportunities for little ones to explore, use their senses, and be physically active, with activities including:
- Two Large Spacious Rooms – to encourage gross motor skills (such as posture and large movements) and fine motor skills (such as hand eye co-ordination and fine movements).
- Imitation Play – to encourage speech, social and listening skills through the use of dolls, teddy bears and puppets.
- Messy Play – to encourage fine motor skills and exploration of objects using all the senses.
- Sensory Play – to encourage all aspects of sensory development, attention and concentration skills including the ability to make simple choices.
- Book Play – to develop language skills and encourage an early love of books by sharing them with a caring adult.
- Treasure Baskets – to encourage early object explorations of different textures, colours, patterns, shapes, sizes and weights.
- Sand & Water Play – to encourage exploration of objects using a child-focused approach.
The Daisies use Toddler daily diaries so we can keep in touch with you. The diaries detail how your little ones have spending their day, what they have eaten, nappy times, nap times and any bottles they may have had.
The Daisies all have designated water bottles with their pictures attached so that they can access fresh drinking water throughout the day, learning self recognition in the process.
The Daisies group is run by Darleen and she works along side Deb and Chloe.
The girls love to do lots of messy and creative play and take lots of photos to display along side the children’s work.