By providing the children with a home from home environment such as rest, eating, sleeping and activities this allows the children to develop and explore using their senses and physical skills in a loving and caring environment. The activities and resources we supply develops the early beginnings of large movement to encourage posture and large movement as well as fine motor skills.
Pretend play encourages speech, social and listening skills. Messy play encourages sensory exploration using a variety of different materials. The Treasure basket encourages early object exploration of different textures, colours, patterns, shape, size and weight. Books are also available for the children to explore. All this is provided in a safe, secure and caring environment by our experienced and qualified Early Years Practitioner's who develop close relationships with each of their key children and their parents to ensure the babies needs are met at all times.
By having continuous feedback from both staff and parents, they can both work together to ensure the babies individual needs are met and their development monitored.
A safe and interesting environment with age appropriate resources helps children develop curiosity, co-ordination and physical abilities. This is the time to encourage children to learn the beginnings of self-control and how to relate to others. Children are encouraged to develop their social skills by people who they have a positive attachment to.
Building their communication skills, the children now begin to develop a sense of self and are more able to express their needs and feelings. Interaction with our caring and experienced Early Years Practitioners develops and expands the children's vocabulary. The room provides a safe environment where the children can develop their large movements and encourage fine motor skills. They can explore Role-play to support speech, social and listening skills by the use of dolls, teddies and simple everyday objects.
Lots of messy play happens in this room to develop the children's senses, hand/eye co-ordination and preferences. Books are available for the children to explore and develop an early love of books, sharing them with their carer. Sand and water play are readily available for the children to develop a child focused approach.
They enjoy listening to stories and looking at picture books which promotes important steps in literacy. Self-care and independence soon emerge with the support of our experienced Early Years Practitioners who encourage the children in areas such as eating, dressing and toileting. Praise from the practitioners for new achievements helps to build their self-esteem. The children's language is also developing rapidly and many are beginning to put sentences together. Our practitioners interacting in conversations with the children plays an important role for our children to learn new things and begin to think about past, present and future.
By now their physical development means they are usually able to walk, climb and run. Joining in active play with other children. At Twizzle Tops we promote this with our physical programme 'Twizzle Time', which promotes physical activity to promote exercise, healthy eating, body awareness and using equipment safely as it is also an important time for learning about dangers and safe limits. Using our soft play centre and going on our 'Outdoor Adventures' the children are developing and exploring their large motor skills. Using our mark making area and small world the children are developing their fine motor skills. When the children play in Role-play it encourages and expands their speech, social and listening skills.
The Role-play area becomes more varied in the Toddler room as they have access to more resources to develop their understanding of the world around them and their everyday experiences. They become more adventurous in messy play where the practitioners use language to describe different textures to enhance language. More books are available to promote their love of books and storytelling which also develops their language especially when sharing with their key person. Sand, water and playdough is readily available for the children to explore using a child focused approach. Language resources are available in developing the children's language skills, these include games, songs and rhymes. Flash cards are also at hand to help the children be more confident with their communication and raising their self-esteem and social skills with others.
Our pre-schoolers also learn about helping adults in everyday activities and finding a balance between independence an boundaries. Pre-school children still need the comfort and security of their key person. Close, warm relationships with carers form the basis for much learning, such as encouraging the children to make healthy choices. Children are now becoming more aware of their place in a community. Literacy and numeracy develops more rapidly with the support of our Early Years Practitioners and a wide range of interesting materials for activities. Children's language has become more complex as many begin to use longer sentences. Conversations with adults become a more important source of information, guidance and reassurance.
On pre-schools 'Outdoor Adventures', they are given first hand experiences and contact with the weather, seasons, and natural world. They also get to visit the train station, fire station, post office, pet shops and taking resources with us and following themes for this age group reflects in their development. 'Twizzle Time' enhances and improves coordination, control, manipulation and movement skills. 'Twizzle Time' helps promote confident movement, health and bodily awareness as well as control in using physical equipment. Sand, water and playdough in pre-school expands the ability to explore and learn capabilities and quantities through scientific, mathematical, imaginary, sensory and manipulative experiences. Messy play allows pre-schoolers to explore a range of tools and medias to develop a child's imagination, understanding, control, spontaneous expression and creativity.
Our pre-schoolers now like to tell stories as well as look at books and listen. Their listening skills have developed where it is possible for them to have discussions with their carers. Construction is now with a purpose in mind where they like to show their creations to their key persons. Role-play has now developed and our role-play area becomes a variety of chances for the children to take part in re-enacting own life experiences. Our role-play area becomes a shop, vets, doctors, post office, fire station and many other occupations the children wish to explore when they show an interest. By listening to the 'Children's Voice' we expand and develop their needs and interests which helps with their learning, developing language and letting them know their opinions are valued and matter.
Pre-school have a 'Children's Committee' where they discuss different topics to promote their feelings and understanding of how we all need to be caring and respectful of each other. Problem solving, Reasoning and Numeracy activities allows our children to develop their mathematical skills. Pre-school have a number of resources to help promote this and our experienced practitioners engage with the children in all areas of the classroom to develop this. The children love to count, sort, match and measure around the room.