Baby Unit

Why Choose Our Baby Unit?

“I returned to work when my son was 7 months old. On my first day back I left him playing happily with someone who he had only recently got to know. I did not expect him to feel so distressed when I left him. I made a good show of being happy and confident but much more of me felt bereaved. That day and on many others I wept on the way to work”.

I suspect that paragraph could have been written by almost any working mother. Where ever we live; however rich or poor; however supportive our partners, families, friends; what ever our beliefs about child rearing; however strong our self esteem – we all had to make a choice about work and childcare. Then we had to cope with the emotional consequences that we felt. 

What We Do

At Clever Cloggs we understand that people are entrusting us with their most precious possessions to care for which is why the following principles are so important.

  • We find ways in which children are helped to develop a personal identity.
  • We continually assess children’s learning and development.
  • We establish and maintain relationships with children and their parents.
  • We provide play plans and room plans as a structure set by the staff team for the day.
  • We provide an environment which reflects the home, domestic situation.
  • We provide a stimulating and safe environment as well as ensuring happiness and adequate development for every child in our care;

The emphasis of care for the under threes is aimed at the social and emotional development of the child.

Our Beliefs

We believe that children should be encouraged to develop dignity and autonomy, esteem as an individual, spontaneous expression, independent thought, self confidence and a sense of belonging.

Examples of how this may be achieved;

  • Offering lots of opportunities for imaginative play.
  • By encouraging talk and giving children the language they might need for this.
  • By encouraging laughter and sharing this.
  • By creating opportunities for children to release feelings by having ‘noise making areas’.
  • By sharing our feelings with the children.
  • By using the appropriate body language.
  • By giving encouragement by smiling, using physical movements, keeping questions open and allowing children time to formulate their responses.
  • By having music available for playing, dancing, listening to, enjoying.
  • By having creative materials available to try things out, make things and valuing their creations.
  • By being sensitive to changes in behaviour (we try to find out why!).

The first year in human life is when you learn the most. The second year in human life is when you learn the next most. The third year in human life is when you learn the third most.
(Larson 1992:150)