In this age group, children begin to do more small group and table top activities. Children’s social skills and communication skills are encouraged by giving the children plenty of opportunities to interact with their peers and adults, which enables the children to gain a sense of social awareness and knowledge relating to their world.
Children of this age like to know what comes next and learn really quickly to follow routines, gradually adapting to the ‘social rules’ that go with them. They begin to show characteristics such as leadership and sensitivity.
Foundations are laid for future learning by providing experiences that build children’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Activities such as looking at books, listening to music, show and tell etc. provides the development necessary to complement and enrich the children’s learning.
Counting rhymes and songs are an enjoyable way of learning how to count, as are activities like sharing toys, sorting dolls clothes and colour matching. Pleasant ways of making learning fun are commonplace in this section.
Resilience and self-help skills are developed through activities such as the children helping to tidy up the toys they have played with, putting on their own shoes, becoming more independent with toileting and during mealtimes. We give the children small tasks within their capabilities, and use praise to recognise and reward what they have done.
Creative activities are available daily and are varied throughout the week. The children will experiment using paints, play dough, sand, water, crayons, chalk and glue. At this age the children will start to describe what they have painted. Small manipulative skills are developed using appropriate equipment.
The children are given the opportunity to do lots of physical development activities both indoor and outdoor using our step up curriculum. The children explore all of their senses and get hands on in the sensory garden and sensory spa.