As your child gains confidence with walking, running and independence it is usually time for the next stage. In Busy Bees everything is a little larger – tables, chairs, toys and equipment. Equipment is available for self selection and child initiated play, although some allowance is made for the fact that the children of this age group have relatively short attention spans. Activities are planned so that no boredom sets in. As far as the children are concerned it’s all great fun. In reality their day is carefully planned to encourage development, new skills and confidence.
As every parent knows, a two year old has very clear ideas of what they do and don’t want to do. Every opportunity will be given for your children to make their own decisions and choices that will help to develop their own personality. At this stage the children will be encouraged to share and to interact with each other as well as with adults. The children will participate in activities that are designed to teach them colour recognition, basic number skills and different shapes and sizes.
In this room it is very much a tactile, ‘touchy feely’ experience, ranging from activities involving ‘play dough’ and baking, to play with cold and cooked spaghetti to sand and water. Each month we work towards a theme as well as children's interests and during our play we aim to achieve goals within the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ framework. These activities may be messy and although children wear aprons accidents do happen. Please be aware of this when dressing your child for Nursery.
At the age of 2 we also begin to introduce potty training, working alongside and following discussion with the child’s parent. Practice shows that potty training before a child is physically ready has an adverse effect. For this reason children are trained if and when ready. A child needs to be introduced to the vocabulary for a while before we can expect him or her to start using a potty or toilet. Once the training begins parents and staff should be fully committed to the idea and should expect lots of ‘accidents’ at first. We therefore ask for lots of changes of clothing initially. Everyone should be positive at all times, no matter how long it takes and should expect the occasional mishap for a long period afterwards. We use a reward system to give children further encouragement.