The Toddler Room (age 2-3) is divided into different sections which cover all areas of learning. In addition children have access to baking activities and helping with fund raising events to support nursery trips and outings.
Our sensory area is appropriately equipped for young children and enables them to explore different textured materials and objects using their developing senses. We have a large selection of natural objects, lights, mirrors and reflective objects to stimulate the children’s senses. Alongside the sensory area the children have access to heuristic play which are used to develop imaginary play skills and ‘find out’ about the properties of every day and natural objects such as fir cones, corks, bushes, lids, wooden and leather objects and everyday objects i.e. Plugs and chains.
Messy play is very important and gives young children the opportunity to develop early mark making skills and explore a wide range of textures along side their peers. Staff encourage children to get involved and this sometimes means children can get extremely dirty. The children also have daily access to sand and water.
The book area is a place where children can relax and be calm. They can sit with key workers and find comfort with opportunities to have quiet time looking at a book or singing some familiar rhymes.
We use a variety of music from different cultures for children to listen to as well as familiar nursery rhymes. The children have the chance to listen to music and explore a variety of sounds with musical instruments. They can move their whole bodies to a variety of beats and connect with their peers.
We have rhyme bags containing different puppets and props to use during circle time which happens before lunch and again before tea. We find that it helps children to connect their ideas and understanding when learning nursery rhymes. The books in the book area are bright and bold and some have flaps and buttons for children to discover.