Once the babies start walking they move on to the Robins/Owls Room and they stay here until the age of around 3. Children move from one room to another when they are ready emotionally and physically.
Toddlers are involved in activities that extend their increasing curiosities. Toddlers at this age repeat actions to learn more about their world and to master a wide variety of skills. The skill of the staff is to provide the resources to practice these skills and to provide a wide variety of activities to generalise learning. The quality of the interaction between the staff and the toddlers is warm and responsive, developing a love of learning.
Toddlers need time to be allowed to do things for themselves and we give them all the encouragement they need. We plan our day to involve as few changes as possible, to avoid disruption and agitation for the children, so they don’t have to pack everything away when they are not ready.
We encourage exploration, simple investigations, problem solving and imaginative use of materials and a lot of this is done outside.
This age group have soft play equipment for robust play indoors and they have access to all toys/resources, stored at child height so they can gain confidence by making choices and exploring. They have rest spaces and a separete quiet room where the toddlers enjoy stories and time with the staff in close contact... a cuddle when it’s wanted. Sleep times are organised around the child’s needs.
Language is developing rapidly and we have a lot of ideas and games specifically designed to encourage the toddlers at this important time. We interact and respond to children's individual attempts at communication, helping children feel valued and to have a positive self image.