Toddlers

Welcome to The Caterpillars and Butterflies Room

(18 months - 2 years & 2 - 3 years)

 

Our Toddler Rooms are spacious and exciting - perfect for finding our feet and our voices! 

The best way to learn about our room is to come and visit us!

 

Practitioners who Look after us include:

 

Amy J - Room Leader - Caterpillar Room

Sam - Key Person

Helen- Key Person 

Amy P - Joint Room leader and key Person - Butterfly room

Keli - Joint Room Leader and Key Person - Butterfly Room

Ewa - Key Person

Lisa - Key Person

Every child who joins us at ABC will be assigned to a special Key Person and Key Buddy who will give them a helping hand to find their feet and give them a gentle helping hand so they don't get lost along the way.

 

All About Me

When your child joins the butterflies you will be given an "All About Me’’ form to complete which will provide us with information to help settle your child in as quickly as possible. Visits will also be arranged to make the change over a gradual process. Your child will be allocated with their own peg for hanging their coats and bags. A box will also be provided for your child’s work, newsletters, and any other belongings. This will help develop a sense of belonging and help with name recognition.  

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage

 
In our setting we use the Early Years Foundation Stage, which sets the standards for learning and development, and care for children from birth to five. Your child’s Key worker will be supporting your child through this process and will discuss any progress or plans for next steps with you. Please download our summary of the Early Years Foundation Stage by clicking Here. Information can also be found the display board in our entrance hall with photographs of ways we are implementing this at nursery. If you require further details regarding the early years foundation stage, please don’t hesitate to ask a member of staff.
 
 
 

 

Learning Journals

 

 
Your child will be issued with a Learning journal which will include personal information, observations which will show your child’s progression and development. Your child’s key person will aim to make 2 entries each week and a summary with next steps every term. It will also include photographs, examples of their work, and home link sheets. We would like to encourage you to access them and make your own contributions to the learning journey that you see taking place at home. When your child starts school these journal will be very valuable for your child’s teacher to view.
 

Daily Feedback

 
When collecting your child we will provide feedback on your child’s including sleep times, what they have eaten and nappy times etc
 
 

Self Care

 
During our routine there are opportunities for the children to develop their skills in self care and independence by washing their hands, putting on their shoes and coats, and choosing healthy snacks.
 
POTTY TRAINING – When you feel your child is ready, talk to a member of staff about starting the process here at nursery. All we ask is that you provide plenty of spare sets of clothes.
 

Slippers

 
We have a no shoe policy in place within the playrooms so that the children are comfortable and the carpets are protected. Please provide your child with a pair of slippers to wear indoors so that their feet are warm and protected.
 

 

 

BUTTERFLIES DAILY ROUTINE

AM

8:00 – 8:30

Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00

Free Play

 

The children will now benefit from a free flow system which allows them to play freely and independently indoors and outdoors. During these free flow sessions staff will play alongside the children and following their lead. Learning will occur naturally and staff will support this by thinking of waysto extend learning in a way which appeals to the child’s immediate interest. Based on the observations during these sessions staff will record your children’s interests and bring them into the planning for future sessions. Key workers may take their key children out of this session for a 10 minute focused adult led activity. These focused activities will be designed with your child’s interests in mind to help them move towards achieving their next steps. We would also like to ask you as a parent who knows your child best to help us in identifying the current interests of your child so that we can bring them into our planning on a regular basis.

9:00 – 9:45   

Outdoor Play

 
Suitable outdoor clothing: We are keen to ensure that children are accessing the outdoors as much as possible and it is important that children come to nursery with suitable clothing for all weathers so that if they choose to play outside, they can do so regardless.
 
 
“There is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing”
We understand that sometimes it is difficult to judge what the weather is likely to do, but you can’t go far wrong with a pair of wellies, a waterproof jacket, a light t-shirt, and a warm jumper. If you can provide, a set of full waterproofs for your child this would be ideal.

9:45 – 10:00

Circle time

 
Circle time is a time where we all come together as a group. During this time we might tell a story, have a musical and movement session, consult with the children about things which interest them, or run agroup activity.

10:00 – 10:30

Snack cafe

 
Your Child will now benefit from a snack cafe. We encourage the children in developing independence when choosing their snack. All children will be supported by staff during this process at an appropriate level. Please note: Drinks will be available for children to access at any time of the day.

10.30 – 11:40

Free Play*

11:40 – 12:00

Circle Time*

 
CHILDREN’S STICKY BOARD AND BIG BOOK. In addition to listening to the children through observation, we are now encouraging children to be directly involved in planning. Children will be encouraged to stick their own objects of interest to their ‘Children’s sticky board’ and may participate in sessions with ‘Our Big Book Planner’ where we will gather together their ideas about a particular topic.

12:00

Lunch Time

 

PM

1:00 – 1:40

Outside play

 
Gardening – We also plant seeds, growing herbs, vegetables and fruit in the garden. The children are encouraged to care for them by watering on a regular basis. When the crops are ready the children will pick them to eat for dinner or snacks.

1:40 – 2:00

Snack Cafe*

 

2:00 – 4:00

Sleep time/ Rest

 
We include a time in the day for your child to rest and sleep. A mattress and clean sheets will be provided during this time. If you wish to provide any additional comfort items, these can be kept in your child’s box or bag during playtime. As your child gets older you may not wish for them to sleep during this time. Please discuss this with your child’s key person.

4:00

Dinner Time*

 

Additional activities:

P.E...

 
Our sports coach,  visits us twice a week. The butterflies will spend a 1/2 hour per session participating in sports games and activities.
 

Walks, Day Trips and Visitors

 
We regularly make use of our surrounding as learning experiences. We might for example take a walk to one of the local parks and see lots of exciting things along the way. During some of our sessions we may go out on visits into our local community, or have visitors into the nursery. e.g... police, dentist, the guide dogs for the blind etc, pet shop etc. This allows the children to access different and valuable experiences which enhance their learning and understanding of the world. As parents you are always welcome to accompany us. We value the contribution our parents can make and would love for you to come and share a skill or area of knowledge and expertise with the children.
 

Speech Bubbles

 
We celebrate and record children’s speech and communication by writing on a speech bubble. This might be a new sentence which they may have put together. The bubble might be displayed around the room initially but will feed into learning journals where appropriate. We will provide you with speech bubbles to record new achievements with speech and communication that you see taking place at home.
 

Interest Bubbles

 
We believe that by identifying your child’s interests we can motivate them to explore and enhance their learning experience. Our planning will be based on the observations of interests we observe through your child’s play. However, we will periodically provide you with bubbles for you to record when your child shows a particular interest in something at home which we can use to incorporate into our planning. We have our planning on the left hand side wall as you enter the room. We welcome you to look at our planning at any time, and contribute your own ideas for what we could provide for your child.
 

 

ABC Bear

 
We encourage children and parents to take the bear home to join in with any adventures you may encounter for the week. We ask for you to record them in a book for us all to look at and discuss at circle time. The lucky bear has visited places all over the world!
 

Story Sacks

 
We have Story Sacks at nursery which we use with the children during their play sessions. We would like to encourage you to take these away to use with your child at home. This will create a familiar link between home and nursery.
 
 

We  are really looking forward to meeting you and hope to see you soon!