The Explorers Room is where all our youngest babies have lots of fun and cuddles. In the Explorers Room we do our best to make sure you and your little one feel as settled and reassured as possible as you first join the Muddy Boots family.
At this very early age, babies are taking everything in – watching and observing everything around them, listening to all the interesting new sounds, and learning by feeling and touching everything in sensory exploration. We work to encourage a baby’s development in a space which is homely, nurturing and stimulating, where they are free to explore the environment – the Explorers Room contains carefully chosen equipment suitable for non-mobile and crawling babies. The team in Explorers understand the links between physical development and brain development, and so give space and freedom for babies to spend time on the floor where they can stretch their limbs, roll over and spend time on their tummies. Language and Communication is supported through thoughtful interactions, singing and stories.
Settling In and Routines
A home visit and long settling-in periods ensure everyone knows each other so that when the time comes for your baby to be left, they will be happy and familiar in their new surroundings. The settling-in time is important for the baby team to learn individual care routines; Muddy Boots places emphasis on ensuring any routines are respectful and appropriate to each child.
Play and Activities
We are big on ‘Heuristic Play’ (playing with and exploring a selection of every-day objects, chosen for their sensory interest) in Explorers – natural play materials are offered in ‘Treasure Baskets’ which are enjoyed by all our babies.
In Explorers the children also regularly enjoy messy play. This can involve gloop, spaghetti, shaving foam, jelly, ice cubes, anything that babies like to touch and feel (safely of course, with an adult close by!).
Babies are also included in Muddy Boots’s outdoor philosophy where they derive huge enjoyment and development opportunities from going outside to explore and play, engaging all the senses. The benefits of heuristic and messy play as well as playing outdoors are enormous for babies and we love all these things and more in Explorers!