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Stay and Play Sessions

Our Stay and Play programme delivers the continuous provision of sensory, interactive and developmentally appropriate learning activities and resources in welcoming and comfortable surroundings, for children and one accompanying caregiver.

Meaningful interactions from experienced early years practitioners extend your child's learning and development, using planning strategies uniquely delivered for each individual child.

Accompanying adults are encouraged to join their child in play whilst our teachers will openly advise on ways to support your child's development at home.

Language Learning

Our Stay and Play programme is conducted in English by a native English-speaking teacher. Children are encouraged to listen to English stories and sing English songs to build upon their language acquisition and extend their vocabulary.


PROGRAMME AGE PROGRAMME DETAILS

Bumblebee Crawlers

6 - 11 months

Discovering the World Through Play
Classes for our youngest students provide carefully designed activities that foster the rapid physical growth of young infants, their pre-language development and parent/caregiver relationships. Our Bumblebee Crawlers are beginning to do just that, and we give them plenty of opportunities to practice crawling, shuffling and scooting throughout each class as they discover things about the world around them. 

With a whole host of age-appropriate materials and resources that stimulate all their senses, babies have the opportunity to listen and observe, touch and feel, and interact with others — the perfect start to building social and interpersonal skills and language. With a focus on the parent/caregiver's role in supporting the love of learning and exploring that babies naturally possess, we provide parent education and aim to build a community of like-minded parents and families from the earliest stages of a child's life.

Hedgehog Movers

12 - 18 months

Encouraging Independence
Allowing children to make choices from a very early age encourages learning, internal confidence and self-control. The children gain more independence through taking part in age appropriate activities and can express themselves in the classroom.

Widening Their World
In our playgroup the children will be introduced to new concepts through fun activities, as a part of play and language development. Each child is an individual and our attention to their interests and choices encourages them to focus on engaging with different activities, such as imaginative play, constructing with playdough, exploring the sandpit, water play and story time.

Badger Walkers

19 - 24 months

Learning Through Play
Every child at Mount Kelly Babies and Toddlers is treated individually. There is a focus on following the children's choices and interests, enabling them to learn through play. The play opportunities in our programmes provide an extensive range of exciting opportunities for sensory play and discovery.  A Badger Walker can really begin to explore building, rolling, sharing, listening, dancing, art-making and more.

Building Confidence and Social Skills
Through making choices and taking responsibility for their own learning, children learn through interacting with people, places and experiences. We work closely with each child and family in building self-confidence, independence and self-help skills, as well as the social and emotional skills required for a smooth transition to pre-nursery.

Red Deer Explorers

25 - 36 months

Understanding the World
The Red Deers explore through all their senses, and in turn, they build new ways of talking about the world. With rapidly developing skills for expressing themselves, these classes foster speaking, listening and conversational abilities through experiences that enrich children's lives through social games and activities. 

Children will soon be starting school, and the Red Deer class is a stepping stone to kindergarten readiness that fosters independence and self-help skills, such as putting on shoes and jackets, using the toilet and longer school day. Our Red Deer Explorers are encouraged to ask questions, test our their own theories and boundaries, analyse and examine media and new phenomena, and use trial and error to find out more about the world around them. In turn, building important skills for life-long learning they can take with them into the future.