Open from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm
The Toddler Room (ages 2-3½ years) with comfortable corners, incorporating a book corner, home corner, creative areas, construction, sand, water, drawing and of course messy play! “Free-flow play” outdoors operates throughout the morning and afternoons, enabling Toddlers to mix with both children and staff from the Pre-school.
At the beginning of each session, staff will spend time chatting to you, and help your child to ‘self-register’ with their own individual name card with photo. Interesting, exciting, creative and sensory activities are planned e.g. cooking, making play dough, painting, collage, coloured water etc. as well as other activities in the outdoor environment. It is just as important for staff and children to have quiet times too, just cuddling and relaxing with a story in the book corner.
Children learn ‘mini life skills’ such as spreading butter on toast and pouring drinks during cafe snack, toilet training and washing hands, which provides opportunities for them to express their growing independence. Spending time with qualified, dedicated and caring staff provides children with opportunities to chat with others and be listened to. Joining in with ‘Circle Time’ (if they are ready) at the end of the session with singing, stories, puppets and games encourages children's social interaction.
Individual records and observations of your child’s experiences, development and learning are recorded alongside photographs in ‘Learning Journeys’ which are available for you to look at any time. Daily diaries are completed by staff who will spend time chatting again with you about what your child has enjoyed doing!
We continue to provide Toddler Sessions throughout the afternoon too.