Weaning is the process of moving your baby from a purely milk diet to the inclusion of solid foods. The first stage of weaning helps lay the foundations for healthy eating habits and teaches your baby how to eat from a spoon, swallow and eventually chew.
Weaning is an exciting milestone for both parents and children although it can be slightly daunting at times. We are dedicated to supporting you and your child to ensure weaning is a happy, positive and enjoyable experience.
NHS guidelines suggest that weaning should be based on a number of considerations, including the baby’s age, gestation at birth, development and growth rate.
Nobody knows your child like you do and we will be led by you. Once you’ve decided to wean your baby he/she will be offered the same meal as all the other children and we will make this to the puree that suits them. They will include mashed foods, finger foods and new textures for them to experience at mealtimes.
We will also introduce a sipping cup to encourage your baby to drink water. Your baby will also be offered a spoon to help them explore and develop independent eating.
Early identification of speech, language or communication needs – Let’s ‘Talk’ More –
This screening helps early identification and provides the support required, we are one of only a few settings that have been trained to complete the assessment. The concept behind the programme is to move away from the transition way of ‘watch and wait’ which is often seen within this age group.
With parental permission a ‘Let’s Talk More’ screening will be completed within a child’s day at nursery by Mel, Katherine and Kyah as they have been trained and can now carry out these screenings.
We are very happy that we can offer this service within our Dolphin family where the child is in a relaxing and comfortable environment with a team member they are at ease with.
The team can then work closely supporting the family and the child with appropriate support.
There are 2 screens used: one for children aged 2 years to 2 years and 5 months and the only from 2 years 6 months to 2 years and 11 months. Children are then identified as either Red, Amber, and Green.
Green – No difficultly identified/ no intervention required
Amber- A mild/moderate difficultly identified and targeted intervention support required. This is provided to parents through discussion/demonstration of core strategies and specific strategies (linked to the child’s needs). The child will be re-screened after 12 weeks and we often find that with the support they are moved to green.
Red – A moderate/significant difficultly identified and requiring specialist support. Children are referred to speech and language therapy/audiology. On receiving a Red screening we would refer this immediately to our in house SEN coordinator who will start supporting both the child and parent with activities that can be used straight away, this would be similar to what we would offer an amber screening.
Let’s Talk more core strategies will be used within the setting and be given to use at home.