Toddler Room Overview

Becoming a Toddler 2 -3 years old

The ratio is one member of staff to four babies/infants

When the time is right your child will be moved through to our Toddler Rooms. At this stage in a child's development, our toddlers are becoming very active and 'independent thinkers', who learn from handling real objects and by experiencing real situations.

Our primary and secondary aims here are the same as for the babies. A third aim however, is to encourage the children to develop their independence and to start to be responsible for their own actions.

They will be introduced to various pre-learning and practical life experiences that lay the foundations for the Early Years Room.

Toddlers love to copy and mimic and need role models for their boisterous activity. In the company of their friends, children begin to learn independence and increase their knowledge of the world around them. Development and progress is at each individual child's own pace, but it can be encouraged and spurred on by creating the right atmosphere and matching the appropriate activities to the child's stage of development, thus maximising the opportunity to allow all round development.

Landmarks in the children's growth and development are assessed every three months, enabling us to detect areas in the child's development that would benefit from further support.

An action packed day provides a full and varied programme, which is planned daily by qualified and experienced childcare practitioners. The high staff ratio ensures the children are educated and cared for on an individual basis, this promotes learning in accordance with the 'Early Years Foundation Stage' framework. Working with this framework in place allows staff to plan, monitor and assess the needs of all children individually.

For children in the Toddler Room, the Early Years Educators plan a timetable of activities for each week, based each child’s interests:

  • mental development
  • muscular development
  • sight and co-ordination of hand and eye
  • speech and hearing
  • response and play
  • sociability
  • personality

It is recognised that children learn best through practical experience. We therefore aim to provide a rich play and learning environment.

Activities include:

  • sand, water and messy play
  • imaginative role play
  • creative play
  • books, stories and computer activities
  • co-ordination activities - threading and sorting
  • puzzles including the recognition of shape and colours
  • language development activities - learning rhymes, alphabet, matching sounds and pictures
  • practical number activities - counting, sorting numbers and shapes

We track children's development and celebrate their achievements by using an online system called EY Log. You will receive daily dairy updates as well as videos and picture updates via email on a daily and weekly basis.

The children will go outside to play in their special garden, or take a walk to the local park, experiencing our great British Weather!

Outside activities play an important part of the timetable and the large gardens provide plenty of scope for physical activity. Children enjoy the local parks and love exploring. They also wonder at the planting vegetables, observing their growth and enjoying cooking and tasting their own produce.

At this age toilet training begins, we will work alongside parents to help your child master this art, as soon as they show signs of being ready.

All children who are ready will be encouraged to take an interest in the alphabet, counting and recognition of numbers, but the main emphasis will be on social development and activities, which are foundation-builders for education. The children enjoy performing songs and short plays for parents at Christmas time.

All of this may sound like hard work and indeed it is. However, young children do enjoy being challenged and to succeed and to show off their newly acquired skills. The children will be learning whilst having fun!

Being a toddler is great fun. By carefully planning activities to encourage development and new skills the toddler learns boundaries and social skills with ease.

Activity timetables are posted weekly on the Toddler Room notice board

 

 

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