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. Looking at books, listening to tapes, inviting people to visit provides language 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.
Promote self reliance and self help skills we encourage the children to help tidy up the toys they have played with. 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, playdough, sand, water, crayons, chalk and glue. At this age the children will start to indicate 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 using our step up curriculum. The children explore all of their senses and get hands on in the sensory corner.