Age Range 30 months-40 months [guide only]
Your child will be introduced to the Toddler Room in the same way as they were introduced to the Wobbler Room. The transition is usually shorter as they are that little bit older and more confident in their environment as a whole, once again we do our best to move two children at a time.
A communal ‘care book’ is used each day, detailing your child’s day i.e. bottles taken, nappies etc, however a member of staff will always be on hand to talk to you about your child’s day.
A detailed written report will be given to you every 2 months outlining your child’s progress and interests.
Routines and Activities
Once again we focus on your child’s overall development and use a variety of toys and equipment to aid and refine your child’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills. The Toddler Room is divided into five separate work areas and autonomous play and exploration is encouraged. The children are still very young so short ‘work’ periods are encouraged. Tabletop activities such as jigsaws, sorting and pairing are introduced to promote motor skills, hand/eye co-ordination and basic numerical and literacy skills. Home corner and Role-play, music, arts and crafts feature also and continue to refine and aid your child in the promotion of self-awareness and confidence.
Garden Play is also extremely important all year round. We ask you to provide wellie boots and coats in the winter months.
We ask you to supply and leave a spare set of clothes for your child in the Crèche. Due to the creative [but messy] activities that the children participate in, we do advise you to dress your child in appropriate clothes and to leave your child’s ‘Sunday Best’ for Sundays!! Aprons are provided however children of this age very often refuse to wear them and we like to include all of the children in our activities.
We try to encourage your child to have a nap/rest each day. Nap time is between 12.00pm and 2.30pm. All children sleep on individual floor mats with sheets and a member of staff is in the room to monitor the children at all times. Please discuss with a member of staff, the length of time you wish your child to sleep if your child is awake outside of the set sleep times, they will either play in the classroom. If you do not wish your child to have a nap, please inform a member of staff.
All meals are provided for your child. Please refer to Menu Board each week to see what your child will be eating. If you do not wish your child to eat something on our menu, please let us know. We do encourage children to try different foods – tastes and textures. Your child should be fully weaned at this stage.
Water is offered to your child throughout the day. Age appropriate cups are introduced to your child in this room. Your child may still require a bottle of milk; you must supply this. It will be stored in the refrigerator in the kitchen; we do however encourage your child to have all of his/her drinks from a cup. Milk is provided by the Creche at lunchtime.
At about [age range will vary from child to child] 2 ½ years of age, potty training will be encouraged. This process takes time and patience. The child must be both physically and cognitively ready. The Crèche and parents must work together to make it an enjoyable experience for the child. Each child is different and will require different ways of training, hence when your child is ready, a member of staff will discuss with you, how best to make the transition from nappies to pants.
Child sized toilets are just off the Toddler Room and various sized potties are provided.