Childcare for Toddlers in Swansea
Updated: Dec 23, 2022
Childcare for Toddlers in Swansea - Daisy the Playroom (inc childcare vouchers)
Are you currently trying to balance working from home and looking after your toddler? Or are you going out to work and looking for childcare for them? Has your child outgrown and needs more stimulation than they are getting from a childminder? Whatever your reason for finding childcare, our nursery for toddlers in Swansea is second to none in the local area and we have a few spaces available.
The Welsh Government’s Childcare (https://gov.wales/childcare-offer-for-wales-campaign) Offer means that most working parents of an eligible child of 3 to 4-year-olds can now claim towards the cost of childcare if they meet the criteria set. The childcare offer is for 30-hours a week, for 48-weeks a year, of early education and childcare in Wales for eligible parents. The aim is to give working parents a bit of extra money every month, to spend on the things that are important to their family. Does this mean your child is limited to 30-hours a week? No, you can pay for additional hours, breakfast and after school care, school holiday clubs and Summer clubs.
At The Flowers Day Nursery, we all accept childcare vouchers and government funding and we offer wrap-around care for babies from 3 months old, toddlers, preschoolers as well as school pick-up and drop-off service and care for families in the local area. Our ethos and environment are focused on play and learning in a home from home environment.
We are a family run business that is passionate about providing outstanding childcare for all ages and this has been our focus since we opened in 2004. We understand that having a childcare provider who you can trust is vitally important and that juggling work and a busy schedule are tricky. We offer flexible full and part-time childcare sessions to fit around your schedule and we are open from 07.30-18.00 every weekday, except on bank holidays.
Our commitment is to work alongside you and your child to ensure they are settled, happy, content and developing with us.
All our staff have a minimum of Level 3 Childcare along with Food Hygiene, Child Protection and First Aid certification.
We only employ team members who love and are passionate about working with children and have a strict recruitment and assessment process.
Our Childcare for Toddlers
Whether it's your child's first time at nursery or they are progressing from our baby unit we treat it as a new start for them, and you as parents and carers. We take time to settle them into their new surroundings and they will still have a key worker who is your main point of contact about their progression and development.
At the age of 18 months, babes are developing and becoming much more independent in both their physical and mental needs and this is the time when they are looked after in our Buttercups Room otherwise known as our Creative Room and Daisy - The Playroom which focuses on Painting, Drawing & Creative Play
These are where they learn through play and creativity and they have been created to support the transition from being a baby to becoming a toddler. The rooms are bright and light and have a homely feel for the children who are aged between 18 months and 2 years.
Key Development for Toddlers
They are keen to explore and do more things independently
They are learning to feed themselves hold their own
They often want to help when getting dressed and undressed
They may be at a stage when you are thinking about toilet training (this is normally from two years old and older and is very much individual)
They are learning through play with toys, books, crafts and playing with each other
Imaginative play is a critical milestone in toddlers development and they will create through pretend play
Their language starts to develop and they will learn new words and their meanings every day even though some of it is babble at this stage. They will name and point at people, objects and body parts like ears, nose, mouth and toes etc. their first words are often, hi, more and no
They will start to make animal sounds like ‘moo’, or say the same sound or word when they are playing with animal toys or if they see them in a book or on a video
Toddlers know their own names and are understanding simple sentences and instructions
Toddlers learn to walk on their own and start to run, climbing stairs holding hands and climbing on furniture
They will start to learn to throw and kick a ball, build towers with blocks
They will learn how to scribble with pens, pencils and crayons
They will love walking around carrying objects with them and won’t have grasped sharing at this stage
By the age of 2, they will be using one hand more than the other and this will be their dominant hand, showing if they are right or left-handed
When learning new skills they need a lot of praise and encouragement as well as encouragement to keep trying and learning
Although you can choose from a number of day nurseries that operate the local authority scheme, of all the local day nurseries, we believe that our facilities are amongst the best available in SA1 and probably the whole of Swansea.
Our Buttercups Room focuses on all of these and the key development stages and we have planned activities every day as well as encouraging self and natural play on their own and with others.
We encourage our children to explore new things and this gives them the confidence to try new things on their own, giving them confidence and encouraging them to be independent.
We encourage them to use a spoon at mealtimes and drink from their own cup during the day to give them independence and support their hand-eye coordination.
We ask them to put their hats on if we are going out in the garden to play and it is cold, again this promotes independence as well as their coordination.
We talk a lot with our toddlers using language and words for every day things to help them develop their language skills and social skills. We listen and talk back with them to encourage two-way conversations and the development of their communication skills as well as making them feel valued.
We have storytime with our toddlers encouraging them to be interactive and to use their imaginations as well as being expressive.
We sing songs, dance and recite nursery rhymes so they recognise and experience the enjoyment gained from music and stories.
We encourage role play and dressing up to encourage and stimulate their imagination and creativity.
We have sand, water and creative craft play so they feel different textures with their hands and have the enjoyment from being messy.
Our emphasis in the Buttercup and Daisy Rooms is focused on language development and to give each child who is with us the opportunity of new experiences in all the main key learning areas for this age group.
We use a themed approach for our daily activities and each theme lasts about 3 months including opportunities for stories, music, art and craft, sand and water play and cooking.
Cuddles are still on-demand for this age as it offers the emotional security and feeling of belonging for every child.
Every one of our toddler team is a fully qualified nursery nurse and they have years of experience in childcare settings, as well as some who have their own children.
We understand that toddlers of this age still need their rest time and this is planned into every child's day. We do this to support your routine with them at home whether that's a full sleep or just restful quiet time.
Our chefs in our 5 Star Environmental Health Awarded kitchen prepares all of our foods on-site, including breakfast, lunch and dinner and our planned nutritious and varied meals are all included as part of your childcare costs.
Your child will have their own dedicated, expert and qualified key worker who will be your point of contact if you have any questions. They will give you regular updates on your child's development and these are all recorded in their own personal record book. Their personal record books record some of the activities they have taken part in, milestones they have achieved and includes photos.
As with the baby units, we understand that it’s important for you to tell us how they are when you first drop them off as they may be unsettled or they may not have slept as well as normal. This ensures you leave them with us knowing we will adapt their routine if you need us to.
At the end of every day we will tell you about their day, how they have been and the activities they have been involved in, including sleep and food at the end of each day
Our dedicated team will continue to nurture your child and ensure each session with us is fun, interactive and engaging.
The highest priorities and the aim of our nursery are to provide a happy, safe and loving environment where your child can learn and develop to their full potential.
We are well known in Swansea and the surrounding areas for providing exceptional and outstanding childcare for children from the age of 3 months through to 8 years old.
Our City Centre location offers off-road parking making it easy for you to drop off and pick up your child.
As your child gets older they can progress through our dedicated rooms where our qualified team focuses on age-appropriate play and learning following the national curriculum.
All of our age groups within the Flowers focuses on the key stages of children’s development:
Communication and language
Personal, social and emotional development
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design
The Flowers Nursery is focused on professional, outstanding and caring child care in a supportive and encouraging environment where your children will learn, develop and thrive. We are a family-focused daycare nursery that provides quality childcare with no hidden cost of childcare or any extras.
From babies to toddlers, pre-school and up until school-age children, we welcome parents and guardians to discuss their child requirements, meet our team, read our inspection report and view the facilities. To arrange a tour or to meet team members please telephone 01792 46 44 45.
Childcare Vouchers for 3 to 4-year olds - Eligibility
your child must be aged 3 or 4 years old
you must earn at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week on average
each parent must earn less than £100,000 per year
parents of lone-parent families need to be working
parents of two-parent families must both be working
parents who are self-employed or on a zero-hours contract need prove their status and provide relevant documents
parents who are employed or self-employed but are on statutory leave, for example, maternity leave
foster carers and kinship carers may also be eligible
Childcare Vouchers for 3 to 4-year olds - Universal Credit
You cannot use the childcare costs part of Universal Credit for hours of childcare funded by the Welsh Government. You can, however, claim Universal Credit childcare costs for any additional childcare you need to pay for. This can be for either your 3 or 4-year old or any other child in your household.
Contact us today on 01792 46 44 45 to find out more about our outstanding childcare for toddlers in Swansea.