Little owls provide many exciting and fun activities for the children who are aged between 2-3 years. The staff have a very busy routine with many free flow sessions, group times, art and craft, sensory and physical activities. The staff plan activities to ensure that the children in their care are stimulated throughout the day and also have rest periods.
We follow the EYFS principles: A unique child. Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Positive relationships. Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships. Enabling environments and Learning and development.
Group times take place where a story, singing or music time with the children are encouraged. The activities they take part in are designed to develop many skills including turn taking and social skills which the staff can monitor but emphasis is always on fun rather than testing. We have time in ‘Cheeky Charlies’ (ball pool and soft play) each morning, we go for walks in the park and have use of the dance studio for some active games. Staff can then record children’s individual progress in their Learning Journeys.
Meal times are a social occasion and children sit together at the tables and are encouraged to become slightly more independent, but the staff are always on hand to help and encourage good manners. The older children in the room self-serve their own lunches which sets good standards for the younger children. The younger children are encouraged to feed themselves with staff support. Sleep time is after lunch and again the children will have their own mattresses, sheets and blankets. If a child does not require a sleep, they may take part in a quiet activity.
There is a bathroom attached to the room, this has two toilets and sinks as well as a changing unit. There is also a selection of potties for those who are toilet training and staff always work closely with the parents to achieve this stage of development. Lots of encouragement is given with stars and certificates. Children can be potty trained from 18 months old and we actively encourage this as we feel it is best for the child and environment.
Staff provide lots of verbal feedback at the end of the day to discuss your child’s progress throughout the day. We like to build a good relationship with all the parents. The staff have a very busy and exciting routine which works wells within the room. Despite our open plan room facilities, we work closely with all children to ensure they meet the needs of there age group and are equipped with toys and activities which are for their abilities.
We accept 15 hour funding if your child attends 3 ½ days or 2 full days. We will allocate all 15 hours towards this cost and you would pay the difference each month.