At Market Weighton our building is set up with 5 care rooms, each with their own garden, with spaces and areas created to cater to our children. We aim for an environment that has the right tools for independent learning, group lead activity, as well as adult lead activities.
Each room has their own garden to explore and organize as they see fit, while still having access to our larger garden. Our gardens have mud kitchens, sand pits, slides, climbing frames, and even wendy houses. There is also the wild garden where children experience the chance to see nature thriving.
When winter comes around the children have the opportunity to use our soft play are on days where going outside isn’t an option. This means they will always have the opportunity to exercise and explore. We also have puddle suits, giving the opportunity to explore the outside areas in most weathers.
OUR PIXIES ROOM
We call our baby room the Pixies, and it is set you to look after babies from 6 weeks. We see this room as the start of your child’s journey into becoming their best selves.
The Pixies have lots of developmentally appropriate actives to engage the children’s early curiosity and imagination. We have stimulating, age appropriate toys within the Pixie room and in their own fenced garden area too, so we can carry out exciting and engaging activities indoors or outdoors helping the babies develop all their early essential skills.
Our Pixies all get a daily diary to take home with them every day so if you don’t have much time at drop off or collection, or somebody else picks your child up from us, all the information about their day is written down to keep you up to date with everything they have been doing from sleep times, nappy changes, what they ate and what they have been playing with that day.
When the time comes for your little one is ready to move onto the next stage of their early years’ development, they will be ready for a room change. Going from our Pixies room to our Imps room and we work with the Imps room to make the transition easier.
The pixies room has a large carpet area so babies can roll and crawl and practice their walking skills in comfort. We have a dedicated snuggly sleep area where babies can take their naps how ever you want be that in cots, pushchairs, mats or the swing.
We have a designated nappy change room off the baby room and a milk prep area so everything we could need is always right at hand.
OUR IMPS ROOM
When they are ready our Toddlers will move into our Imps room. This room helps to develop basic childhood life skills to aid in their development and we see this as them moving onto the next stage of their adventure.
To encourage the Imps to be more independent staff help the children to develop their language and communication skills as well as their physical and emotional strengths. The staff encourage them to join in group activities such as singing and games. Children are encouraged to share and take turns practicing their social skills that will last a life time.
After the Imps, your child will move up to our Elves room, where they will learn new skills and expand their individuality.
The Imps room is divided equally into carpet and hardwood flooring. Our carpet flooring is a great space for our Imps to tumble around and explore different ways to play. then after lunch the space is turned into a napping area.
Our hard flooring is perfect for messy time, which is great fun at Blue Sky as the children can make as much mess as they like, exploring with colours and materials painting and gluing fantastic artwork! Using brushes, rollers or fingers everything is a learning experience.
Imps is the room where children start to be toilet trained. They have access to both the nappy changing facilities as well as the children’s toilets which provides opportunities for the staff to help in the transition. Our Imps room is connected to their own Garden, this is perfect for our children to have a safe space to run and play outside with their friends.
We take into consideration that the weather can affect children’s outside play. When the weather turns wet and snowy we advise parents send in warm outside clothing so we can bundle up warm and spend time outside. On the other hand when the weather outside is sunny, we will bring out water play and our sun covers to make shaded area, so our Imps can stay cool while playing.
OUR ELVES ROOM
The Elves childrenare our /next step in Adventure. In the Elves they expand on the skills and start to create their individual identities.
All our Elves spend their days practicing hand eye coordination, and the basics of numeracy and literacy. They are given opportunities to expand their concentration, imagination, and memory skills, all through fun and exciting play activities.
The Elves Garden is a large area that is perfect for individual play that is encouraged all our children take part in. The elves have both a construction and a road area, this gives Elves the opportunity to roleplay together.
When the time comes for your little one is ready to move onto the next stage of their early years’ development, they will be ready for a room change. Going from our Elves room to our Kelpies room.
Our Elves room is divided into carpet and hardwood flooring. On our hard flooring our Elves have lunch and messy time, which is great fun at Blue Sky as the children can make as much mess as they like.
On our carpet flooring we have built a play platform, the top of which is our construction area and the bottom is our sensory/ sleep area. The rest of the floor is a good space for exploring different ways to play.
OUR KELPIES ROOM
Our Kelpies room is a large open space taking up half the top floor, most of it is carpet covered and they have a platformed area. The Kelpies have access to individual toilets to promote their independence.
The Kelpies have access to their own kitchen and the Soft play next door.
The Kelpies children are our rising 5’s, the room is their next step in Adventure
Our Kelpies are aided in preparation to be ready for school. Doing activities that emulate the basic skills they may require when they go to school. Children are encouraged to write while holding pencils correctly and other small skills that will set them up for school. The Team aids in developing independence during mealtimes as well as getting ready you go outside.
When September comes and its time for your child to move onto their next journey: School. We aim to have your child ready for school before the summer holidays so that they can spend the summer having fun with their friends.
OUR SPRITES ROOM
Out Of School Club
During term time our Team with take the Sprites to school on a morning after Breakfast club, which ensures that they have a breakfast before a day at school. After the school day is finished team members will be there to pick up Sprites and bring them back to Blue Sky where they will get to play and have tea before being picked up at the end of the day.
During term time our Team with take the Sprites to school on a morning after Breakfast club, which ensures that they have a breakfast before a day at school.
After the school day is finished team members will be there to pick up Sprites and bring them back to Blue Sky where they will get to play and have tea before being picked up at the end of the day.
Our holiday club is open all the school holidays except the week between Christmas and New Year and official bank holidays. Your children don’t need to have attended the out of school club or day nursery to take part in any of these holiday club activities and the same flexibility applies here as with the rest of Blue Sky.
You can book as many or as few sessions as you and your child wish; From as little as 1 hour to 1 afternoon, 1 day or a few days a week to as much as every day during the holiday.
We have a wide range of toys from which the children are encouraged to help themselves and a quiet corner for the readers amongst them.
We love to take advantage of our large garden and soft play so the children get the opportunity to burn of any excess steam before they go home. There is always something to do and someone to play with in Blue Sky holiday Club.
The September after children go to school they become Sprites, who are our Out of School Club. Sprites are given opportunities for independence and are allowed to explore and develop in a safe environment. As Sprites they are looked after Before and After school during term time, and during holidays they are welcome to stay all day.
Sprites have a large open space that takes up half the 2nd floor. Our room has areas that are used for calmer activities, such as reading and boardgames, and areas for mess and creativity. This means that Sprites are given opportunities to expand their thinking or do homework without distractions. The room is equipped with their own toilet facilities. Our Sprites room has our soft play area, which allows for the children to run around and burn energy after a long day at school.