Little owls room provides many exciting and fun activities for the children who are aged between 2-3 years. The ratio in this room is one adult to every four children. This room can hold up to 20 children and four members of staff are assigned to the room.
The staff have a very busy routine with many free flow sessions, group times, art and craft, sensory and physical activities. The staff plan activities to ensure that the children in their care are stimulated throughout the day.
Group times take place where a story, singing or music time with the children are encouraged. The activities they take part in are designed to develop many skills including turn taking and social skills which the staff can monitor but emphasis is always on fun rather than testing. Staff can then record children’s individual progress in their Learning Journeys.
Mealtimes are a social occasion and children sit together at the tables and are encouraged to become slightly more independent, but the staff are always on hand to help and encourage good manners. The older children in the room self-serve their own lunches which sets good standards for the younger children. The younger children are encouraged to feed themselves with staff support.
Sleep time is after lunch and again the children will have their own mattresses, sheets and blankets. If a child does not require a sleep, they may take part in a quiet activity.
There is a bathroom attached to the room, this has two children sized toilets and sinks as well as a changing unit. There is also a selection of potties for those who are toilet training and staff always work closely with the parents to achieve this stage of development. Lots of encouragement is given with stars and certificates. Children can be potty trained from 18 months old and we actively encourage this as we feel it is best for the child and environment.
As in the other rooms staff provide lots of verbal feedback at the end of the day to discuss your child’s progress throughout the day. We like to build a good relationship with all the parents. The staff have a very busy and exciting routine which works wells within the room. This helps to prepare the children physically, emotionally and mentally to transition into Snowy Owls which takes place at 3 years.