Our toddlers have a daily routine and activities suited to their needs and stage of development. Their playrooms are bright, cheerful rooms with great facilities and caring, fully-qualified staff to look after the youngsters.
Age group: 12 to 18 months
Staff-child ratio: 1:3
Maximum: 9 children
Each day follows a familiar pattern to help the children feel secure, with play times, snack time, lunch and story time.
Children in the Tweenie group are encouraged to be independent, identifying their own peg and coat, gaining access to all corners and equipment, discovering paint, water, dough and in particular the great outdoors.
At snack time they begin to socialise.
At lunch time the children learn to feed themselves, discovering new tastes and textures. Good hygiene starts here as the children wash their hands before and after lunch and brush their teeth.
They enjoy listening to stories with playroom staff and singing and dancing to nursery music.
Everything at this stage is interesting and adult interaction is essential for learning about play and increasing their vocabulary.
The Tweenies learning is supported through a government initiative, the "Pre-Birth to Three" framework, which aims to work in partnership with the parents/carers to ensure that these young children are valued and celebrated, that they are seen as competent learners and learn through a safe and stimulating environment with confident and trusting adults.
The Tweenies use a large playroom with easy access to their own walled garden.
Next to the playroom there is a large changing / washroom area with washbasins and toilets.
This article was published on Apr 15, 2013