Blackburne House Nursery is housed in a Grade II Listed Building, in the Georgian Quarter which is situated in the heart of Liverpool City Centre.
A newly refurbished outdoor area has recently been completed with a beautiful wooden pavilion to access shelter.
The nursery is divided into 4 rooms
The Ladybird Room
The room caters for babies from 0 to 2 years and can accommodate up to a maximum of 9 babies. Staff ratios are 1 to 3 and we often have the additional support od a child care student. The environment is stimunlating and staff encourage babies to develop at their own pace, to ensure they meet their individual needs with careful planning and observation.
The Grasshopper Room / The Bumblebee Room
These two rooms accommodate up to 24 children from the ages of 2 to 4 years.
There is a minimum of 6 staff in these rooms plus volunteers, or childcare students.
Children participate in child initiated activities and play opportunities to enhance and encourage their personal, social and emotional development. They learn to develop relationships and how to socially interact with other children.
We also follow the Every Child Matters Framework and support the children to “Be Healthy, Stay Safe, Enjoy and Achieve, Make a Positive Contribution and Achieve Economic Well Being”
The Butterfly Room
This room caters for children of pre school age, current intake is 12 children. The focus of the Butterfly rooms delay activities are based around independant learning and having routines in place for the children to take part in each day. Currently the children are working around topic and story based activities in all areas of EYFS, in particular they are focussing on writing,
phonics and numbers in preparation for primary school.
Other facilities include:
The Health Place/Main Hall
Children have access to The Health Place and Main Hall (depending on availability). Here they participate in music and movement sessions, dance sessions and ring games, particularly when bad weather prevents the children from playing outside.
Outdoor Play Area
We have a safe, secure outdoor play area for the exclusive use of the children. We have acquired from Early Years a lot of natural resources, ranging from water, building and construction, role play (picnic, camping, garage, fire crew), mark making, books, digging and gardening (rakes, hoes, wheelbarrows) and a variety of wheeled toys to encourage physical development. We also use balls, hoops, quoits to encourage hand and eye co- ordination and co-operative play.
This enables us to accommodate ‘indoor activities’ such as mark making, water play, role play, construction and reading resources in the outdoor play area.
We have a volunteer who comes into nursery on a weekly basis for story sessions. We also recommend parents/carers access their local library for a lending service where children may choose from a wide selection of books to share with their parents/carers at home.
There are computers situated in the I.T. area of the Bumblebee Room for all children to access at individual times throughout the day. Children have access to educational software, which is age-appropriate, and quickly become adept at using the mouse.