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Banana (Toddler)

Our toddler room provides a nurturing environment designed for children, aged between 2 years and 3 years, to further enhance their early experiences through collaboration and awareness of their wider surroundings.

The balance in timetable will shift towards a more equal focus on all areas of learning as children grow in confidence and ability. The main areas, at this age, include communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development.

Specific activities, including home corner, role play area and construction toys help promote the benefits of teamwork and communication. Through more academic activities, including reading corner, information and communication technology (ICT), literacy and numeracy based apparatus, children are slowly introduced to more specific areas of the learning framework.

We recognise that toilet training is a key milestone for toddlers. As such, we will work in collaboration with our parents to help them adapt confidently to this new experience and encourage children to take responsibility for this and the associated hygiene needs.

Our toddler daily routine is flexible but follows the approximate timetable:

• 0800 hours – Nursery opens, welcome children, self registration (where applicable), preparation for breakfast
• 0800 hours to 0830 hours – Breakfast
• 0830 hours to 0900 hours – Free play
• 0900 hours to 1030 hours – Free flow activities, preparation for snack time, snack time
• 1030 hours to 1100 hours – Adult-led activity time
• 1100 hours to 1130 hours – Indoor tidy time, outdoor time
• 1130 hours to 1145 hours – Preparation for lunchtime
• 1145 hours to 1230 hours – Lunchtime
• 1230 hours to 1430 hours – Sleep time or quiet time
• 1430 hours to 1530 hours – Outdoor time, adult-led activity time, preparation for teatime
• 1530 hours to 1600 hours – Teatime
• 1600 hours to 1630 hours – Indoor tidy time
• 1630 hours to 1700 hours – Outdoor time, outdoor tidy time
• 1700 hours to 1730 hours – Free play
• 1745 hours to 1800 hours – Story time
• 1800 hours – Nursery closes

Scheduled nappy changes are, unless required more frequently, at 0830 hours, 1030 hours, 1430 hours and 1630 hours.