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At Little Lumsden our specialist teachers and learning environments are designed to nurture, care and support children from the early stages of infancy through to the end of their toddler years.
Our focus with children this age is to ensure we provide:
- a high teacher-to-child ratio with teachers who are loving, caring and in-tune with the child’s needs and development.
- a balanced approach to early childhood education with some planned teaching time and plenty of child-led experiences.
- a safe, calm and ordered environment with opportunities for exploration, age-appropriate physical challenges and varied educational resources.
- lots of outdoor experiences.
- a centre that welcomes and encourages the involvement of parents and families.
Little Lumsden incorporates the Lumsden philosophy and curriculum into everyday learning, following the studies and activities carried out at Big Lumsden but in a suitably simpler form. Our littlest people are exposed to the same big things through our four core areas of learning:
- Numeracy & literacy
- Languages & countries of the world
- Art experiences
- Outdoor experiences
The baby room
Our baby room provides a nurturing, calm and safe environment for our younger ones.
While we have shared areas for learning and exploring at Little Lumsden, we also have clearly defined areas for the babies with quiet sleep rooms and age-appropriate furnishings, toys and educational equipment.
We have a maximum of 15 babies and a ratio of one teacher to three babies.
Our specialist baby teachers Chelsea and Lauren work together with parents to settle each baby as they join Lumsden. Their collective experience and nurturing approach ensures a smooth transition from home to Lumsden, creating a firm sense of belonging and security essential for each child’s well-being followed by quality care and attention to all their needs.
Due to its small size, all of our teachers develop strong bonds with each baby and respond to their individual routines, well-being and developmental needs.
Our adventurous and active not quite two-year-olds comprise the ‘movers’, an inquisitive and energetic group who have outgrown the baby room but require more guidance and boundaries than the more confident toddlers. With their nurturing manner and encouraging hands, teachers embrace the movers’ exploration and interest beyond the nursery and outdoors, ensuring they have adequate, age-appropriate spaces to learn and play, and a safe and secure environment in which to seek more challenges and test their burgeoning independence.
Lumsden acknowledges the impressive development and progress made by young toddlers newly walking and expressing themselves. The movers are not hindered by the nursery walls but encouraged to try out their motor skills and competence alongside others of the same capabilities.
During the toddler years, children make incredible developmental strides cognitively, emotionally and socially. Our teachers work closely beside them offering the same responsive care they are used to while encouraging them to develop their social and self-help skills (toileting and food preparation, for example) and to take risks in a safe and friendly environment.
When a child feels comfortable taking risks they are able to grow braver, develop their fundamental movement skills and build feelings of personal confidence, competence and independence.
Transitioning 'through the gate'
The lure of Big Lumsden ‘through the gate’ is a constant source of aspiration. Our toddlers become familiar with the older children from day one of joining Lumsden via daily visits to Big Lumsden. Formal transition begins one month before a child turns three, when they are assigned an older ‘buddy’ from Big Lumsden, whose responsibility it is to assist in making the move over a confident and enjoyable one for the younger child. A graduation from Little to Big Lumsden is significant but not final as friends and siblings are welcome either side of the fence.