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The Toddler Room (18 – 30 months)

The Toddler Room is a cosy environment where children are supported and encouraged to learn and develop at their own pace. It consists of defined areas which are well resourced and suitable for the age and stage of the children in the room.  Activities are planned to meet the individual needs of learners while simple challenges help to develop self-esteem and foster a sense of accomplishment.

 

The Toddlers have a simple registration time at the beginning of each session, where they talk about the day of the week, look at the weather and complete self-registration using their own photograph. The self-registration system allows each child to begin to recognise their face as well as the faces of their peers.

 

The general routine of the room incorporates time for music and movement sessions, outdoor play, quiet time, cookery, creative play, independent free play, as well as adult led activities.  The children have times when they visit the local park and enjoy looking at the surrounding environment. They also take part in celebrating festivals from a range of cultures, like Christmas, Eid, Diwali and Chinese New Year.

 

Snacks of fresh fruit are provided for the Toddlers during both morning and afternoon sessions.  The children are given their bowls and spoons and are encouraged to serve their own snack from the main bowl, promoting independence from an early age.  In addition to this, the Toddlers are supported in pouring their own drinks using a small jug.

 

Toddlers have access to a laptop which they are encouraged to use regularly and explore simple cause / effect programmes and to retain their interest for short periods. This supports them in their understanding of the world and gives them opportunities to discover new things.

 


During their time in the Toddler Room the children experience many different activities which promote their learning, independence and development. The language of learning is used with the children even from this young age so they may start to appreciate new experiences and enable them to become life-long learners.