Contact details

Rooksdown Community Centre

Park Prewett Road


RG24 9XA

(please use RG24 9RG for sat nav)


Tay Mason: 07739 329518

Mel Mulley: 07876 751662

The Baby Room - up to 2.5 years old


We recognise that very child is unique and has a different routine at home and we try very hard to emulate that at nursery.  We ask parents/carers to share their child's routine so that when it comes to sleeping and feeding we can keep things as similar to home as possible.

The children in this room explore a wide range of activities including:


  • lots of sensory play
  • singing and music
  • their own outside area
  • encouraging social interaction
  • trying to feed themselves at lunchtime - which can be messy!
  • plenty of cuddles and emotional support


This is obviously not an exhaustive list but will give a flavour of goings on in the baby room.

Pre-School - 2.5 - 5 years old


The move to pre-school is done gradually with the children spending short periods of time in the room initially to get used to the new routines and their new key person. The days are a bit more structured in this room to prepare the children for school and develop listening skills and social interaction. Each day starts with circle time - where there is singing and chat about the weather and the topic of the week. The children then spend time with their key group taking part in activities together. Play is then free flow and the children can choose their activities indoors or outside.


Activities include:


  • sand and water
  • puzzles
  • home corner
  • painting and crafting
  • physical play
  • sensory activities
  • cooking
  • walks around the local area - bear hunts are popular!


Children will spend some time each day with their key person. This adult-led focussed activity will relate to the topic of the week. This helps to build the bond between the children and their key person and the key person can assess what developmental stage the child is at.


Before lunch we have some physical activity - ‘Wake me up and wear me out’ - which the children love. It also encourages good manners at the table.


While we clear up after lunch, the children take part in song time - another very popular time of day as children are encouraged to participate and choose their favourite song for everyone to sing.


Then there is more free play time. Tay says ‘Research has shown that a two year old needs time to explore and be in charge of their own learning – they enjoy taking part in the same activity many times and also love to transport objects from one place to another so we try and provide lots of bags trolleys and baskets for them to do this.