The Toddler Room accommodates our two and rising 3 year olds in two groups, the Red group and the Yellow group. This allows us to provide activities, which are designed specifically at the developmental stage each group, rather than a general activity, which would leave some children bored, and others out of their depth.
When children move up from the Tweenie Room there is a full hand-over procedure between the Key person and the children are usually introduced to the Red group gradually by spending a few days in there over a period of weeks to get to know the rest of the group. Parents are introduced to the Toddlers Key person so that they can discuss any concerns that they might have. The system of providing information to parents is different in the Toddler Room. Because the children have usually established a routine of eating, drinking, toileting and sleeping already, their parents are more interested in what activities they have been doing during the day. We therefore no longer provide the daily diaries as we do in the Baby Room but we display the activity programme for the class on the notice board instead. If there have been any problems with a child’s physical well being, if he hasn’t eaten his lunch or has scraped his knee at play time, we will of course discuss it with the parent on collection, or contact a parent earlier if a child is unwell.
The Toddlers follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum with particular emphasis on language development. A wide variety of fun activities are carried out daily, which are designed to develop all aspects of the children’s development, encourage imagination, creativity and an enquiring mind. The Toddler Room has separate areas for messy play, quiet activities, floor play and imaginative play. The home corner is changed weekly to provide a range of settings such as a shop, plane, hospital, post office, home, pirate ship etc. The children continue to develop their knowledge of shape, colour, number and phonic letter sounds and their vocabulary is extended to enable simple conversations about their environment, family, friends and activities. The children are usually completing their toilet training and will still want to have an afternoon nap in this group and we provide all of the facilities that they will need.