When children reach the age of two they will progress into Meadows where they will have a fun filled year of adventures, learning and meeting new people. Each staff member has individual key children which are their prime focus when it comes to their development; offering support when needed and working in close partnership with parents. Overall, making sure that a child's time is happy by providing activities to suit their interests and development. As they near the age of three they will be getting ready to move into Red Hens pre-school. During that time we focus on our transition sessions where the child is able to explore and become comfortable with their new environment before moving through.
In the Meadows room, we have structure in place such as daily routines, welcome time and outdoor play each day. We feel that promoting independence is an important part of learning for each individual as well as independent self care. We introduce this by encouraging and helping with hygiene routines; putting on own coat, washing own hands, pouring own drinks and beginning to toilet train.
The room layout has been designed to provide activities for all areas of development. this changes throughout each term to suit the children's interests and choices at the time. Throughout each day there are opportunities for group work, independent play, one-to-one time and free play. We have also recently introduced a six week programme of letters, sounds and phonics, as we believe planting the seed for school readiness is important to ensure the best development outcomes.