Croydon Early Learning Centre
18 months to 3 years
In this room the children are beginning to play alongside one-another and activities such as dancing and cooking are offered.
Sensory experiences, such as 'gloop' (corn flour & water), play dough, sensory bags and everyday items, gives children the opportunity to explore texture.
Children begin to learn about self-care and are helped to wash their hands before eating and after messy activities, starting them on the journey towards independence. Personal care is also encouraged and children try to wipe their own faces and put rubbish into the dustbin.
Toddlers have a slightly more structured routine and tend to play all morning then sleep after lunch on snooze mats in our multi-activity room.
Toddlers predominantly play freely and can use their imagination for role-play activities, music and dance and are encouraged to self-select toys from units that are at their height level. Educators will encourage children to join in some adult-led activities such as story-time or creative art.
Examples of some of the activities included are: cooking, painting, sand & water, collage, play dough and construction play such as building blocks, Toddler Gym, Music and Movement. When your child is ready we will work with you to encourage potty training and will continue your home routine.
Safe and secure environment
Experienced, caring and loving educators
Balance of nurturing, playtime, and learning throughout the day
Activities based on children's interests and family input
Learning areas that focus on dramatic play, creative arts, language development, and sensory exploration
Development of confidence, self-esteem, and a love of learning
Regular communication between families and educators