Wee Mack’s children are separated by their age into different ‘home’ groups. These are Mack Babies (6 months to 23 months), Mack Tots (24 months to 36 months) and Mini Macks (3 to 5 years). All children are provided with an online daily diary, and assigned a Key Worker who will record their progress and make sure they are happy during their time at nursery. You will be provided with daily feedback – and photos – sharing your child’s nursery activities with you. There are opportunities for all children to enjoy the outdoor area throughout the day.
Mack Babies is a space for a maximum of 12 babies, observing minimum staff/baby ratios of 1:3.
It is a place where babies are nurtured and supported, whilst at the same time being free to explore and adapt to the world around them. Staff take every opportunity to connect with the babies in their care. Keyworkers observe the babies’ activities and take their lead when it comes to learning. Our staff work in partnership with carers in order to help provide a home from home experience, and where possible try to follow the routines established at home. Daily diaries are recorded of each baby’s day and made available to parents through our online portal.
Mack Babies are fully equipped for changing, feeding, napping, playing and cuddling! The main room has a cosy armchair for feeding and snuggling; a reading corner with a range of books and a crawl through cosy corner and den. Snuggle mats are on hand for tummy time, and soft play equipment for rolling and climbing. Wooden toys, mirrors and puppets provide fun learning opportunities. A perfect combination of homely and secure; with lots for little minds to explore and enjoy.
We offer high chairs, low chairs and feeding tables, and prepare all snacks and bottles within the room in our handy Kitchenette.
The adjoining Sleep and Sensory Room has cosy wooden sleep pods for safe and comfortable snoozing and a flexible sensory space.
Our babies use the main garden and enjoy frequent ‘buggy walks’ to the park, Water of Leith walkway and so on.
Mack Tots is a space for a maximum of 15 toddlers, observing staff/child ratios of 1:5.
Mack Tots is a space where children can grow – at their own pace – into more independent beings. Staff support and guide them in their curiosity as they continue on their nursery journey. There is a Key Worker system in place and daily online diaries are available for the parents of every child.
The focus is the 3 main areas for learning:
- communication and language development – giving children opportunities to speak and listen in a range of situations and to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves.
- physical development – providing opportunities for young children to be active and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy food choices.
- personal, social and emotional development – helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
In Mack Tot’s, the ‘cosy corner’ provides a rest area, or quiet area, when children are not napping. Children can explore their emotions and relax here. At nap times, mats provide a comfortable sleep solution.
Low level tables and chairs are used and children sit together in small groups, fully supervised by staff, to eat. They are encouraged to help set up for snack times and mealtimes and serve/feed themselves as much as possible. A range of food is available and menus are communicated with parents and staff in advance. Children are encouraged to help clear up at the end of mealtimes.
Play areas are based around the following themes:
Role play/’home corner’; Library; Construction; Vehicles/animals/block play; Art zone; Wet/dry areas; Science/discovery/nature; Workshop and Physical movement (the ever-popular slide with crawl through tunnel!)
Wooden and recyclable toys provide open ended play opportunities and support creative and cognitive development, whilst ‘messy play’ enhances the learning experience!
Mack Tots use the main garden and also visit the local park regularly.
Mini Macks is a large open playroom for up to 35 children, observing staff/child ratios of 1:8.
Mini Macks is designed to encourage problem solving and further develop social skills. The stimulating environment promotes choice and independence, whilst guiding them through the key areas of literacy, number skills, communication, Expressive Arts and the world around us. We will aid the transition from nursery to Primary School so your child feels supported and confident moving to the next stage. Our partnership with you will remain an important feature and communication through online daily diaries will update you on your child’s progress.
In Mini Macks, there is a themed reading area and cosy corner. Should children wish to nap, mats will provide a comfortable sleep solution.
Low level tables and chairs are used and children sit together in small groups, with a staff member, to eat. They are encouraged to help set up for snack times and mealtimes and serve/feed themselves as much as possible. Menus are communicated with parents and staff in advance. Children are encouraged to help clear up at the end of mealtimes. Input into menus is invited, and there is further exploration into food and where it comes from.
Play areas are based around the following themes:
Role play/theatre; Library; Construction; Vehicles/animals/block play; Art area; Wet/dry areas; Science/discovery/nature and Workshop. Older children are given the opportunity to use real tools.
Wooden toys and a range of books are available, along with props for further role play.
Mini Macks use the main garden and also visit the local park regularly.
Outdoor play and fresh air have a great impact on children’s wellbeing and health. Our main garden has been designed to offer play and learning opportunities for all our age groups. Our pirate ship and ride-on toys promote active play, whilst our various interest gardens have been designed for learning and discovery! There is a mud kitchen, fairy garden, dinosaur soil garden and a construction area with sand, so there really is something for everyone.
As well as daily visits to our own outdoor area, children will enjoy regular visits to various local playparks.