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Caterpillars

Baby and Young Toddler community

Activities in the Baby and Young Toddler Community are displayed on low, toddler height shelving. The majority of the activities practiced by children are Activities of Everyday Living. These are purposefully created activities to help your child develop and refine skills needed for life. The activities help your child to become self-confident and independent. Our holistic approach offers an overlap between areas of learning. Matching objects or shapes to outlines can be seen as sensorial or as a pre-language skill. Painting may be seen as sensorial, pre-language or creative development. Building with bricks develops practical skills, sensorial size discrimination, mathematical concepts or imagination, depending how they are being used. Here are some of the activities available within our Caterpillars Room for your child to enjoy:

TRANSFERRING

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Children love to move things from one place to another and often repeat these activities over and over again. Large motor skills are developed when moving chairs, tables or bowls of water about, whilst fine motor skills are developed through squeezing, sorting and posting activities. All of these activities are practical, yet with each one your child will be building muscles, self-confidence, concentration and independence

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TAKING AN ACTIVE ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY – YOUNG TODDLERS

Getting actively involved in day to day classroom chores is great fun and gives children a sense of belonging as well as teaches them practical skills. Your child’s involvement may include slicing bananas, making jelly, setting tables, folding paper napkins or pouring water into cups. Mops, brooms and dusters are available, so that the children can really take care of their room. All the activities are scaled down, so that they are toddler sized, with easy grip for tiny hands. Even very young children wish to help, especially when they follow example of older friends in the community.

SELF-CARE

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To aid independence, children are encouraged to learn to dress and care for themselves. This includes practising with various fastenings, learning to use the potty/ toilet and washing hands and faces. Whilst we are always there to help with the trickier parts, it is amazing to watch children of just 18 months confidently dressing or putting on boots and coat to go out to the playground.

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LANGUAGE

We have a wonderfully rich language that we use in a range of ways. We will help your child to experience the magic and delight that language brings. Using sensorial exploration, we will support your child in developing a wide and varied vocabulary, confidence when talking or sharing information in a group, develop story telling and dramatisation skills as well as social language skills in respecting others.
Throughout the year we introduce a wide range of literature, songs and poetry both in style and genre.
Awareness is built up of the sounds in the English language through the use of word games and sand paper letters. Through these, phonetic skills are nurtured which lead to writing and reading. When your child is ready for a literacy adventure, we will support them in creating first words using moveable alphabet (CVC words) and practise reading them.

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SENSORIAL

As we take in information through our senses, sensory input is a crucial part of all the previous activities. However, we also have some specifically sensorial activities. These include ‘cylinder blocks’, colour tablets and touch boards, smelling bottles, fruit tasting and colour matching games.

REST & PERSONAL CARE

Rest beds and quiet time are available for children whenever s/he needs it. Your child will be allocated a set of bed linen for his/her sole use, which is washed regularly. Sleep times and durations are discussed with parents and recorded on your child’s diary together with the nappy change times.