Toddler (up to 3 yrs)

A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances.

Children move over to the main building at around 2 years. The toddler unit has 3 main rooms allowing access to all the 7 areas of the EYFS. The children have free-flow access to 1 large base room covering all areas of continuous provision. They also have access to a dedicated literacy room and dining room – all 3 rooms within the toddler unit are located on the same floor. Throughout the unit the key worker continues to collate and record their achievements in their personal profile.

As in all other areas of the nursery, staff are dedicated to one particular age group and other than for absence replacement, remain consistent to that area. This allows key-workers to work closely with parents and children and plan for the individual needs and interests of the child.

>Transition
Achild’s individual needs are always the most important consideration, and as they become more active and skilful, the transition from the toddler unit will begin. Children will move down to the pre-school room at around 3 years. All decisions will be discussed with parents and the prime importance during the initial stages is the child’s feeling of security within the new environment. This is achieved through a gradual process of visits catered to suit each individual child. The key worker always ensures smooth transition through the units and will inform parent in the usual way.

Once security is established, the child will be ready to enjoy the full benefits of a more active group and form relationships with other staff and peers.


>Upstairs Toddler Typical Day
7.30 – 8.30
Breakfast

8.30 – 9.30
Freeplay, free flow into wet room and focused EYFS activities

9.30 – 9.40
Letters and Sounds activities

9.40 – 10.00
Milk and Fruit

10.00 – 10.15
Introduction to the day, nappies and toileting to be done during this time

10.15 – 11.15
Outdoor play or music and movement

11.15 – 11.30
Wash hands for lunch

11.30 – 12.00
Lunchtime

12.00 – 1.45
Sleep, free play in both creative rooms until all children have woken up

1.45 – 2.45
Free play, focused EYFS activities, nappies and toileting

2.45 – 3.00
Letters and sounds activities

3.00 – 3.10
Wash hands for tea

3.10 – 3.40
Teatime

3.40 – 4.00
Group activities e.g. movement to music, bee-bot etc

4.00 – 5.00
Freeplay – Free flow into wet room and planned or craft activities

5.00 – 5.15
Snack

5.15 – 6.00
Free play until collection

All timings are for guidance only and subject to change on a daily basis.


>Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds  is a programme introduced by the Department for Education (DFE) which we use in Nursery to help to develop early communication, language and literacy skills. It has seven different aspects which we follow to help us to promote the development of early speaking and listening.

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