Mucky Pups Childcare
Our Jelly Tots Room caters for little explorers from the age of 2 to 3 years and can hold up to 16 children. The children have a daily routine to help encourage the second stages of independence such as toilet training, putting on their own coat and shoes and using table manners. All this helps towards the preparation for the pre-school room.
The toddler stage can be a confusing and frustrating time for some, so we encourage the children to understand and cope with their frustrations and teach them what is acceptable behaviours and all important social skills.
A little message from Sarah
Within the Jelly Tot room, the children are given lots of opportunities to explore their surroundings and develop new skills. We build on the prime areas of development that have been introduced within the baby room and create opportunities for the children to build their experiences within the specific areas of development.
Through exploration the children in Jelly Tots can choose from a selection of activities that will enhance their learning journey, this may be through organised focused activities or a child-initiated activity.
Jelly Tots follow a routine which consists of breakfast, a mid-morning snack, circle times and a range of child-led and practitioner-led activities. After lunch, some children may require a nap to prepare them for more fun and activities in the afternoon. Throughout both the morning and afternoon, the Jelly Tots like to spend time in the garden where the children are again given lots of opportunities to explore and investigate their environment.
Every child is an individual, therefore when settling children into the Jelly Tots room they are treated as such. The child’s key worker will take the time to get to know the child through a series of settling in sessions. This will give parents opportunities to ask questions and find out how their child will be spending their day with us and get to know the staff. Settling in sessions will be offered at various times of the day, During which the children are encouraged to explore their new environment and will experience key events through the day such as meal and snack times.
As required by the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, we carry out daily observations which assess each child’s progress. This is recorded using an online learning journal which is instantly accessible updating parents of their child’s achievements and their daily activities.
Jelly Tots Room Leader, Safeguarding officer & Deputy Manager
Sarah Joined Mucky Pups in June last year. She is qualified to a Level 4 and has been working in childcare for over 20 years. Sarah is very calming and approachable and has a can do attitude, she is also very creative. She is excellent at encouraging the children with their independence and has excellent behavioural strategies to help with those tricky and frustrating moments the children may have.
Qualified assistant Practitioner
Terri has worked for Mucky Pups for 3 years. She started with us as the Manager of our Afterschool Club. When we decided to close the after school club in December 2019, Terri moved to the Nursery and became our assistant practitioner working in the Jelly Tots room. Terri has loads of energy and you can always guarantee the children are kept engaged when Terri is around. Terri is level 3 qualified and has been in childcare for over 15 years.
Sherri has been with Mucky Pups for over 3 years now and we would not be without her! Sherri is the one who motivates everyone and gets everyone giggling every day. Staff and children. Sherri will be level 3 qualified in May 2021 and has been working in the Jelly Beans room up until April 2021, where she moved through to Jelly Tots to gain some experience with a younger age group.