At approximately the age of 2 the children will move up through the nursery in to our Early Learner Room, remaining within this room until they are ready to transition into our Reception room which is normally around the age of 3. Our Early Learner Room can hold up to 20 children with a staff to child ratio of 1:4.
This room continues to follow the Early Year’s Foundation Stage and children are encouraged to begin looking for and recognising their name and participating in group activities such as stories, singing and directed circle times. Within this room our core rhymes baskets (which are available in every room) play an important part in children’s literacy development as well as their communication, listening and understanding skills. We use these during circle and story times in order for the children to understand the structure of stories as well as encouraging them to repeat familiar phrases. The children have the opportunity to access the activities they would like to join in with throughout the day and the staff are there to help enhance the children’s learning and skills. Through the use of low level displays around the room we start to introduce, numbers, colours, alphabet and shapes using interactive displays for the children to have fun and get involved with. Each child is allocated a key worker who is responsible for their development files and monthly observations. Key workers share information with the parents on a daily basis and at parents evening which we hold twice yearly.
Children begin to build confidence and relationships with both peers and carers, and are also prepared for their move up in to the Reception Room. At this important stage, staff are ready to help support parents with children’s development, liaising carefully on the correct times to implement toilet training and possibly reducing sleep times. As part of this leap into independence, children are encouraged to brush their teeth after meal times and begin to manage their own personal hygiene more effectively, washing faces and hands independently.
Physical play is an important part of the children’s development; they love to do music and movement sessions and have lots of fun in the spacious garden. They also enjoy trips out into the local community.