Our Toddlers’ Room is fun and set in a stimulating and safe environment where children are supported and encouraged to learn and develop at their own pace. It consists of defined areas which are well resourced and suitable for the age and stage of the children in the room. Activities are planned to meet the individual needs of our children while simple challenges help to develop self-esteem and foster a sense of accomplishment.
As the children in the baby room progress, children begin to show an increasing independence and obvious pleasure in moving, communicating and learning through play, so just before their second birthday we will arrange inductions for the child to introduce them to the toddler room and to make transitions smooth and happy for them.
In the toddlers’ room children have a slightly more structured routine to their day whilst learning through a wide range of fun activities and experiences planned for their continued learning and development by all the toddlers’ teachers but particularly their key person who will get to know them really well.
The room is divided into different areas. One will include all their messy activities: arts and crafts, play dough and many more, role-play, mark making, book and cosy corner, construction and small world . The other room will include areas like their, sand and water play, science and nature, music and movement and Math. There is also a library and the Members of staff use daily planning, six week planning and next steps for each child focusing on the prime areas.
Around this age children display a greater competence at moving and talking and pretending. They also show increased confidence in themselves and their skills at making relationships.
The general routine of the Toddler room incorporates time for music and movement sessions, outdoor play, quiet time, cookery, creative play, independent free play, as well as adult led activities.
Depending on what session’s children attend we provide a morning snack, a hot lunch cooked on site, tea and healthy snacks which include fresh and dried fruit for the Toddlers during both morning and afternoon sessions.
The children in the toddler room are able to explore and learn throughout their day without too much pressure and at their own pace. They all get time in the school’s fantastic garden which will provide them with an outdoor extension to their indoor activities.
At this age also children will be experiencing the change from nappies to potties and toilets.