In this age group your child will meet many important milestones, to help achieve these important targets your child will have access to a wide variety of activities. All activities are set out within structured themes enabling children to learn through play, with the support of the staff working closely together with the parents.
Toddler room (12-24 months)
The Toddler room caters for children between twelve and twenty four months, registered for 18 toddlers. The children are supervised at all times by highly qualified staff within a ratio of one staff member to every three children.
The Toddler room is divided into two main sections. The first aimed towards younger children, who might not be that steady on their feet and the second for older Toddlers who are able to partake in more structured activities. However, all children have the opportunity to learn and have fun in the following activities during their busy day at Overleigh Nursery.
The 2-3 yearís room
The 2-3 years room caters for children from their second until their third birthday. The children are supervised at all times within a staff ratio of 1:4. Your child will be catered for as an individual with their own personality, we will encourage your child to develop at their own pace, learning through fun and fascinating activities set out each day.
Various themes are adopted every few weeks throughout the year, these themes are integrated into many activities during the day and the childrenís work is celebrated through attractive displays throughout the room.
ActivitiesThere is a craft table where we have, painting, cutting, sticking, play dough, clay, salt dough, gloop and baking on offer each day.
We have a drawing / writing table where the children can learn to hold a pencil correctly. Various writing tools are available for example crayons, chalks and pencils.
There is either water or sand, which are both favourite choices with our children.
There is a puzzle table, which helps the children with fine manipulative skills and problem solving.
There is a maths table where colour, shape and counting activities are enjoyed.
There is also a home corner where the children can enjoy role-play.
The book corner is popular for quiet times, looking at books or listening to stories read by an adult.
A ball pool and soft play area, where the children have lots of fun learning gross motor skills such as, jumping, rolling, stretching and balancing.
Each day there are many different activities available for your child to play with. These activities are changed from the morning session to the afternoon, to give the children a wide variety of developmental opportunities.
The Cosy Corner
An area where the children can sit and relax. Selections of suitable books are available at all times. There is also a comfortable sitting area where your child can snuggle up and relax. Throughout the day time is set aside for all the children to come together and listen to short stories, as we feel this time helps to promote the childís language and understanding of their surroundings.
As this age group demands a less structured routine to that of the older children; the room provides lots of opportunity for both free and imaginary play. Including a home corner, dolls house, garage and cars, train track, zoo, farm, mega-blocks and also table top activities such as puzzles, jigsaws, stacking toys and shape sorters. All of which are designed to stimulate your child whilst also being enjoyable and fun!
As you may all have found out, the pleasure a child gets from being able to identify their own name is amazing. We ensure that the children receive lots of opportunities to practise recognising their name. On entering the 2-3 years room the children register themselves by finding the rabbit with their name on and sticking it on the grassy field. Children will also be able to find their own peg in the cloakroom.
Twice a day all of the children gather together for a shared learning session. Group times are an important social part of the day throughout which all of the children develop communication skills and self-esteem. The list of activities used at group times is endless but here is a selection of some of our regulars; tumble tots, singing, stories, shapes, colours, counting, P.E and topic work.
Potty training and spare clothes
Our room is usually the room where your child will start to potty train. We do not have a certain age for doing this; we prefer to tackle this difficult task, when each child is individually ready to do so. Either when a parent approaches us, or if you prefer, when we suggest they are ready.
When children are potty training we ask for plenty of fresh clothing including socks. We also ask for a full set of clothes when children arenít potty training in case of falling over outside or getting wet in the water tray. We do have a limited supply of spare clothing that we can lend to you if needed, however, to ensure that we do not lose our clothes, we ask that they be returned within one week otherwise an excess charge of £5 will be incurred.