Rabbits – (2 – 3yrs)

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From age two children move to the Rabbit room. Here we provide a warm, loving environment where your child can enjoy interacting with their peer group and taking part in more challenging and organised activities. The toddler room is spacious, fun and flexible, with a balance of stimulating activities, group interactions, free play and discovery areas to encourage exploration and interest.

Planning is responsive and spontaneous and takes account of the needs and interests of your child. Children’s fine motor skills continue to develop. Self-help and independence soon emerge when adults support and encourage children in areas such as eating, dressing and toileting.

At this stage, children’s language is developing rapidly, and many are beginning to put sentences together. Joining in conversations with children is an important way for children to learn new things and to begin to think about past, present and future. Developing physical skills mean that children can now usually walk, climb and run, and join in active play with other children. This is an important time for learning about dangers and safe limits. The resources provided are age appropriate, well maintained and accessible for all children.

At this age your child wants to become more independent and explore the world. Sometimes, though, they are not always capable of doing ALL things they would like to. In Rabbits we encourage independence and help develop social skills through a variety of activities in a safe and nurturing environment. Of course, most children like getting messy and some of our favourite activities are sand, water, play dough and, of course, paint!

We provide specialised support with a combination of enriched learning, personal care, confidence and self-esteem, with gentle guidance in a nurturing positive environment. Encouragement of language, hand and eye co-ordination and basic numeracy through structured fun activities are provided within the daily routine.

Activities are planned through the Early Years Foundation Stage. Each child is monitored individually and, through their individual interests, likes and dislikes, set developmentally appropriate tasks.

This age group is usually when toilet training begins but only if your child is ready. We will work closely together with you to ensure we make this process as stress free as possible for both you and your little one. Whether you decide to use pulls ups/pants or toilet/potty the staff will be able to advise you all the way.