From the age of 2 your child will progress into the Early Learner room. The ratio changes for over two year olds to 1:4. The children within the Early Learner room are encouraged to become more independent with their choices. The layout of the room means that children are able to move around freely, accessing the activities they particularly enjoy as the staff plan activities they know their key worker children will particularly enjoy.
Children are building confidence and relationships with both peers and carers, and also being 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 at the correct times to implement toilet training and possibly reduce 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.
The staff plan age and stage appropriate activities in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage in order to support their learning. 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.