The Toddler Setting

The toddler setting consists of Lower Toddlers and Upper Toddlers with the younger children being based in the Lower Toddlers and the older children based in the Upper Toddlers which is situated on the first floor. Both areas incorporate a role-play area, creative room, multi-function room, cosy area and outdoor area.

The children’s day becomes a little more structured following a simple routine that ensures the children have the opportunity to develop and explore in each area.

We use the Early Years Foundation Stage as a framework incorporating the seven areas of learning to plan activities and routines for the children. Activities include sorting shapes and sizes supporting problem solving, reasoning and numeracy. Storytelling, rhymes and singing are used to encourage communication, language and literacy. Water and sand offer opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of the world. Dance and Music offer sensory experiences.

We are very fortunate to have Pete, a very experienced French teacher who comes in twice a week to introduce the children based in Upper Toddlers to basic French.

All children are assigned a keyworker to look after their everyday needs and to provide a familiar adult for them to relate to. Through close contact, assessment and observation keyworkers plan appropriate activities and experiences to support their key child’s progression and development. Information regarding your child’s day is passed on by the key worker at the end of each session. Nursery practitioners work in partnership with parents and parents views are very much considered when planning for the individual child. Any worries or concerns you may have for your child can be discussed with your child’s key worker and support will be provided for instance: staff will provide guidance and support with toilet training, behaviour management, sleep issues, etc.

Our Garden provides an outdoor learning area with seating for the children and a covered area ensuring use in all weathers. All garden areas are covered with safety surface flooring enabling the children to explore and develop appropriate skills in a safe and secure environment. Weather permitting the children are regularly taken on outings into the local community or for walks to the park and the nearby beach.

We support the toddler’s curiosity and desire to make sense of the world around them. We offer a secure environment with caring adults who enable the toddlers in our care to explore, investigate and enjoy the learning experiences we have to offer at Harrison.