Bumble Bees (1-2yrs)

The Bumble Bee Room welcomes children around their first birthday. The room offers the time and space for toddlers to master new skills while maintaining the personal service introduced to families in the Caterpillar Room. With places for 11 children at any one time, toddlers can socialise in this room without being overwhelmed. Led by Michelle, the Bumble Bee staff soon begin to recognise the individual characteristics in each child's learning and plan experiences from this. The Bumble Bee room is made up of two play spaces which retain the character of this former family home; turn right as you go through the cloakroom and you will enter the kitchen, turn left and you find yourself in the sitting room.

The kitchen space is where our toddlers can be found enjoying a range of messy play activities. Favourites include gloop, water play and body painting, but we offer lots more. It is also where the children have their meals and as they play in between mealtimes, they can see, hear and smell our 'Yummy' meals being prepared by Rob, our award winning Nursery Chef.

Our nursery chef is very much a part of the Bumble Bee team, happily talking to the children as they play. While a dish is in the oven he often comes out from behind the breakfast bar to read a story or dance to the Wiggly Woo!  At other times our youngest members get involved in the cooking.

When choosing furniture the needs of the age group are always carefully considered; chairs and tables that are the perfect height for children to enjoy the social aspects of mealtimes alongside the staff. Children aged 1-2 years are supported to be confident communicators throughout the day. Bumble Bee staff are all trained to 'Sing and Sign' and they introduce Makaton signs to support each toddler's growing vocabulary and are always happy to demonstrate these to parents.

During the day, there is no shortage of fresh air for our Bumble Bees. Whether it is raining, snowing or sunny, they are able to explore the gardens, travel to the shops in style (safe in our six seater Turtle Bus) and enjoy the freedom of toddling in Bedale Park.

Inside again, the sitting room has a range of natural materials and muted colours so our younger children can relax in a calming environment. Our dedicated staff team have put together collections of found and natural materials, these baskets and bags of Heuristic Play objects allow toddlers to experiment and become engrossed in their own investigations. In the mirrored fireplace they can see their own facial expressions, often laughing at themselves. Filling and emptying is a favourite pastime and there are no shortage of opportunities to experiment.

Dressing up shoes and hats encourage children to begin to do things for themselves, while for the endlessly energetic there are still plenty of opportunities to practice those physical skills; the furniture is at child height and accessible to all, whether they choose to crawl through the tunnel or test their sense of balance on the Toddle Blocks.

Tired and sleepy from all this activity, the toddlers will find Dream Coracles in a cosy corner where they can rest when they need to, quietly sleeping until they are ready to go again.

As the children play alongside each other, choosing to share the small spaces we've created we see the beginning of friendships in this room that often last throughout their time at Incy Wincy's. Relationships are key to the children enjoying their time at the nursery and our team pride themselves on the bonds they make with their key children. Arriving in the morning, parents and children can expect to be greeted by their Key Person who will ease individual children into the nursery day, knowing who is ready to play and who may need a cuddle first. A child height display of family photographs means that we can talk about mummy, daddy and other family members during the day. The staff work closely with the Ladybird and Dragonfly teams and often arrange for older brothers and sisters to visit too. For those who joined us as babies, the lovely connection many have with Emma continues as the babies and toddlers often play together outside.

Time is spent talking to parents at the end of the day, followed by an email detailing their routine. Each child's continuing learning journey is recorded and can be accessed online by parents at any time. Family members are encouraged to add to this themselves so, together, we build a complete picture of learning and development.