18 months to 24 months
Our Turtles’ room is the base for our mobile babies within the Nursery. The babies within this room are between 18 months and 24 months old; they tend to be confident walkers. The ratio within this room is 1:3.
Turtles have direct access to the soft play room, which they usually use on a daily basis. The Turtles room is very self selective and the children can access a range of different activities and choose what they would like to use. They have a range of sensory resources, cardboard boxes, books and a role-play kitchen that they can access throughout the day by themselves.
Turtles use their low level table on a daily basis for both drawing and creative activities and meal times; mealtimes are encouraged to be very social times of the day and the children are now encouraged to feed themselves more. Turtles visit the bathroom before meals and are supported in using the low level sinks and paper towels to wash and dry their hands; they may also start to use the potty dependent upon their interest.
Turtles participate in a range of different activities that are exciting and stimulating; for example using their tuff spot for messy play, painting and creating, den making, cooking, cardboard box play, sharing stories and lots more. They also enjoy a daily together time where they sing songs as a group and start to look at colours and shapes.
Most of the Turtles now tend to follow the Nursery routine; this consists of: breakfast between 8.00-9.00am, snack at about 10.15, lunch around 11.40, sleep between 12.30-2.00 and tea around 3.15- this is still flexible and adaptations to this routine are fully accepted.
Turtles follow the general topic of the under 2’s unit as well individualised planning and specific interests based upon their development.
Within each of the under 2’s rooms your child will be provided with a daily communication sheet that will be completed throughout the day, this will be shared with you upon collection. During the day the staff will record what your child has had to eat and drink and how much they have had, their sleeps will be noted down, what their nappies have been, as well as any bumps or medication, any replenishment needed and a general overview of what they have been up to.
All parents, carers, visitors and staff are asked to remove their shoes before entering the baby unit; shoes can be worn on the wooden floor but must be removed when on the carpet; we ask that children be provided with a pair of labeled slippers for both comfort and cleanliness.
Within the Under 2’s unit we focus on developing the 3 Prime Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):
- Communication and Language
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
These prime areas are the most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.