With growing independence, and with their own unique personality really coming through, children at this age are starting to really develop social skills and make lasting friendships. In the Adventurers Room, we support these skills by focusing on group activities, indoors and outdoors, offering lots of physical and social interaction. During circle times, other focussed activities and in general play, the team teach the children how to share and take turns – a difficult but necessary part of growing up!
The Adventurers are also ready to start learning about self-help and life skills – shared meal times where the children are encouraged to feed themselves, dressing skills, and lots of toilet training all helps towards children’s independence .
The Room has oodles of space for our little Adventurers to express their freedom, enjoying a vast range of learning situations, exploring, experimenting and discovering whilst having fun indoors and out – the children enjoy regular access to the ‘muddy garden’ on a daily basis. Children display many schematic behaviours at this age such as ‘connecting’ and ‘transporting’ and the environment has been designed to enrich these patterns of learning.
Children at this age can still get tired because they are so busy at nursery. Sometimes story time is so cosy on the cushions and beanbags the children just cannot resist a snooze. We also have a cosy, quiet sleep area where your child can sleep if you would like them too.
The Adventurers regularly join with Pre-School (children aged 3 years – 5 years) in the indoor and outdoor learning environments. Strong bonds and extended learning opportunities are formed by mixing the age groups.
Your child’s Key Person will carry out your child’s ‘2 Year Old Progress Check’ when they are between 2 and 3 years old. This is a standard set by Ofsted and presents parents with a short written summary of their child’s development in the Prime Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (Physical Development; Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication & Language).
Muddy Boots offers Free Early Years Entitlement funding for a limited number of 2 year olds who fit the eligible criteria, set by the government. Please see the City of York Council’s webpages for details and eligibility;