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Caterpillar Room is for our 2-3 year old children. They have a large and bright room led by Nicola, a Level 3 Early Years Educator. The children have extensive resources and equipment to use, together with the Sensory Room, adjoining role play area and cosy reading zone.
The door to the outdoors provides free flow to the garden, mud kitchens, wooden house and woodland. The children wear Scandinavian waterproof suits and wellies and are often found jumping in puddles, rolling down hills and making mud pies. We also spend lots of time teaching the children to ride bikes beginning with trikes and moving onto balance bikes with the aim of mastering pedal bikes too.
Our outdoor area is well equipped with mud kitchens, gardening area where we grow vegetables, herbs and flowers, role play area, digging mud pit, climbing frame and slide suitable for our 2 year old children, a larger more challenging one for our older children and a Communication Station for outdoor reading and mark making.
Butterflies are our 3-4 year olds. They have a large and bright room led by Rachel, our experienced Deputy Manager. Rachel enjoys working with the 3-4 year old children and plans focussed activities that are fun and also prepare the children for their next stage in education – school! She also has a passion for the outdoors and takes every opportunity to use our extensive outdoors to extend learning. The Butterfly children also use the Scandivanian suits and wellies and spend much of their days outside too. Time is spent teaching the children to ride bikes beginning with trikes and moving onto balance bikes with the aim of mastering pedal bikes too.
Role Play Area
The book area is well resourced with plenty of books, puppets, audio books and story sacks. This area is used in several ways either by children in a small group sharing a story with their key worker or simply relaxing on the small sofas and beanbags looking through books independently.
Nappy Changing Room
We have invested in a change table with steps so that the children can (with support) climb onto it themselves.
This is also to ensure the wellbeing of our staff so that they don’t have to lift children onto a change table and cause unnecessary strain upon their backs.