Rockets Room (Toddlers 2-3 yr olds)
Two Year olds 1:4 ratio
The toddler room caters for 16 children from 2 to 3 years old. The large room has a carpeted area for soft play and a lino floored area for eating, games and messy activities. The toddler room is welcoming and extremely well equipped with educational toys and games. The toddler room’s emphasis is learning through play and the children have a free choice of a wide range of activities. In this room children are encouraged to become more independent and thrive on interaction with their peers alongside a supporting key worker.
The Toddler room is a hive of activity with activities that foster independence skills. All rooms follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and all have areas in the environment where the children can relax, explore, use their imagination and also be messy and creative. These activities will help promote the children’s fine motor skills, hand-eye-coordination, communication, language and social skills and preferences. The children learn to pour their own drinks, serve their own food at mealtimes and wipe their own face and hands. Toddlers predominantly play freely and can use their imagination for role-play activities, music and dance and are encouraged to self-select toys from units that are at their height level.
- Example Activities
- Key Worker
- Required Items
An example of some of the activities in the toddler room focus on developing skills such as:
• Communication – listening and speaking, enjoying stories, recognising labels, mathematical ability –familiarity with shapes, numbers, colours and vocabulary
• Independence – meal times, toilet training, selecting toys and general physical development
• Co-operation in play – taking turns and sharing in small and larger groups
• Creativity – through exploratory play, music, free painting and modelling
• Self-Awareness – respecting themselves and the needs of others
When their key worker feels that they are ready, babies are gently introduced to this room and their new key worker. This introduction normally takes place over a number of weeks until the child is used to their new room and friends.
When your child is ready we will work with you to encourage potty training. Until that time we ask that you provide nappies, wet wipes and a change of clothes for your child. Outdoor Clothing and Wellington boots are a good idea for wet weather as we let the children play outdoors all year long Outings for toddlers normally consist of small groups of children and staff exploring and learning about the local area or getting some physical play at the park or soft play.