Te Kohuri – Toddlers (2 to approximately 3)

Our Toddler room has up to 14 children with 2 fulltime teachers, and additional support teachers over the busy times of the day. Children at this age learn a huge range of skills over their time here. There is a particular emphasis on communication, social skills, problem solving, fine and gross motor skills as well as early literacy and numeracy skills.

To cater for all this development, we have an environment that offers a variety of experiences and challenges, and we ensure that we have staff at the children’s level to support this learning. Our classroom is specially laid out for the two year olds, and has many different activities and curriculum areas set up, as they tend to move from one thing to the next very quickly! The outside area is shared with the 3 and 4 year olds, and this often provides the physical challenges the build the gross motor skills. They also have the advantage of interacting with our older children, and learning from them also.

Food/Meals:

Children are now becoming more independent and start to use tongs to serve themselves, and glasses to drink their water or milk from. We also often involve the children in baking and food preparation, and always encourage healthy eating habits. If your children have any special dietary needs, please let us know, as we make our food fresh each day, we can usually accommodate most needs.

Sleeping:

All children have the option to rest or sleep after lunch, and if they do not sleep, they are offered some quiet learning experiences or story telling while the other children are sleeping. Each child has their own bed and bedding, and the teachers are present throughout the sleep time each day.

Toileting:

When Children start to show signs that they are ready to begin toilet training we begin to work with our families making sure we are providing the same care and rewards as you are home. Our key teachers’ pay an integral part of support during this time, as their strong relationship with the children and their families keeps everybody informed, and working at the same pace making toileting a smooth transition for all.

Social Development:

Children spend a lot more time playing alongside and co-operatively with each other during this stage in their learning journey. There are lot of leaning opportunities as children find the right way to initiate, maintain and develop positive relationships with each other. Language is often further developed in this room, and the child’s individual personality really shines.

Routine:

We have a consistent routine in this room, as children are learning to predict what will come next, and thrive on knowing what is happening. We all sit together at mealtimes and have a regular mat time before out lunch where we can introduce new songs, stories and role play learning.