Grouping of children are planned to make fun learning safe and fun based on invidual needs of the child. Though age acts as a defining criteria we also look at specific needs of the child such as physical skills and emotional needs.
Toddler Room (12 – 28 months)
At this age, children are beginning to show increasing independence and obvious pleasure in moving, communicating and learning through play. As the child develops, we gradually encourage the establishment of a routine. The activities in the Toddler Room are very diverse: from energetic action songs, ball pools, dancing and work-outs via messy play, to quieter times of storytelling, heuristic play and relaxation, all designed to meet the developmental needs of the children.
Beginner Room (2.4– 3.6 years)
The Beginner classroom offers a more structured environment than that of the Toddler Room. Most children of this age respond well to routine because it enables them to be confident and aware of the world around them. The children are stimulated and encouraged with a wide range of activities including phonics, mark making, music and movement, dance, painting, creative activities, messy play, sand and water play, construction, role play, table top activities and much more. For those who do not need to nap during the day, a quiet area is provided for quiet activities or storytelling. Throughout the day, there will be times when the children are in larger groups and times when they are in small groups or enjoying 1:1 time with their key person or another practitioner.
One of the main aims for the nursery age range is developing their Personal, Social and Emotional skills, i.e. learning to take turns and share toys, communicating and establishing relationships with peers and adults. This is achieved by learning through play and informed planning through observation. Children learn by example and can develop more quickly in groups of children of a similar age / stage of development, particularly with regard to potty training, eating and social skills.
Foundation Stage 1 (3.6 – 4.6 years)
In the Foundation 1, more emphasis is placed on preparing the children for school. We introduce them to a more structured routine and a slightly more formal way of learning, which takes the children on their continual journey towards their first year at school. Our focus, however, is not to move away from making learning fun through play. The children have a big influence on class activities throughout the day through choosing and evaluating what they do.
Foundation 2 (4.6 – 5.0 years)
Children within this stage are prepared for the transition into Year 1/ Grade 1. The emphasis remains on active learning whilst remaining mindful of the need to prepare children for the more formal school environment of Year 1/ Grade 1.