||Angels (2-3 years)|
Age: 2-3 years (approx)
Numbers: Maximum 16 children
Ratio of staff: 1:4
Children's fine motor skills continue to develop and they enjoy making marks, using a
variety of materials, looking at picture books and listening to stories forming important steps in literacy. Self-help and independence soon emerge if adults support and encourage children in areas such as eating, dressing and toileting. Praise for new achievements helps to build their self-esteem. In this phase, 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.
Angel Room is based on a learning approach through play and through topics. Children begin to enjoy more structure to their day. The emphasis on learning through play carefully planned play makes it an enjoyable experience for your children, as well as aiding in their areas of development.
Children are encouraged to respect one another, establish friendships and enjoy and sharing and take turns as they continue with their development. The concept of why, how and when begin to be understood and having meaning applied to them, offering plenty of opportunity for social interaction and encouraging individual as well as group discussion.
Children are actively encouraged to participate in variety of activities that are stimulating as well as being full of fun. Incorporated into the day is: arts and crafts, music and movement, musical instruments, group singing and action songs, sand and water play, group and individual story time, creative play, home corner and imaginative play, a wide range of large and small inset puzzles, big puzzles, matching and sorting games and construction toys.
In addition to the topics that the children enjoy, they begin to experiment with a broader range of materials as their understanding widens. Basic number and colour activities become extended through activities such as: action songs, lotto games, home corner and group discussion. Children have regular assessments to record their progress.