The Toddlers Rooms
The toddler room is a large room on the ground floor. It's a creative and social area, and it's also where we all eat around the table together. We learn about numbers, read, play music, and do a little bit of dressing up to make it fun.
Sand & water trays – bucket spades, jugs – We encourage children to make own choices and interact. While it may seem like simple playing, this helps personal & social development, communication, and maths.
Painting Table – We might make a collage, paint a picture, or learn about colours and textures. It helps with hand eye co-ordination, and gets us thinking and being creative.
Maluable area – play dough, gloop, pasta, flour – This improves our senses of textures and touch.
Small world area – This is were we can pretend to be anything we want. Simple role playing teaches confidence, self, and interaction with others. It also gives us an opportunity to teach how to manage behaviour and feeling using dolls and figures. We teach about families & cultures, disabilities, community, and places they might see such as shops and garages.
Construction – Yes we can! Foam & wooden bricks, megabricks, duplo, connecting blocks and toy hammers and drills. We encourage the children to build and use their imagination by building houses, castles, zoos, and much more. This develops imaginative thinking, co-ordination, communication, personal skills and encouraging friends to join in. We also throw a little counting in to improve maths.
Dining Table - We all sit around the table and it is considered to be the most important part of day bring everyone together. Before dinner we talk about food and where it comes from. In toddlers group, children are taught to self serve, which encourages independence. We also teach how to use cutlery, and importantly, manners such as please and thank you for dinner, politeness, and sharing. There are a choice of two meals – meat or veg option on a 3 week rotation.
Maths Area - The have Maths tools - abacus, jigsaw, dominoes, matching games, hand eye co-ordination games, and basic counting.
Book Corner – Interactive, and hardback books, and a puppets. props and musical instruments – shakers, bells, tambourines, drums, xylophone, keyboard. Dance and movement.
Writing table – We learn to hold pens and crayons, draw shapes and pictures.
Role play area – Space with household objects. We learn about different cultures, food, and menus which help children understand the world, and their community through imaginative play.
Dressing up – Multicultural dress, animals, doctors, police. All of these costumes stimulate the imagination and help to understand the world as well as simpler things like learning to dress themselves.