Canterbury caterpillar room (2-3 years)
Our caterpillar room for children aged 2-3 years encourages free flow play, inside and out, where children can explore many activities. As our children make the transition from Babychoos, our caterpillar room is oozing with a wealth of resources, which aim to inject fun into every child’s day and encourage a zest for learning. Children are encouraged to find learning fun and their achievements and developments are recognised to develop their confidence and self-esteem.
Specifically designed for this age group the caterpillar room is spacious with many large windows giving natural light. The caterpillar room is inviting with opportunities for learning wherever you turn. The inside gives access to a large well equipped outdoor play area where all aspects of development are considered.
The caterpillar team are employed not only for their qualifications and experience, but for their ability to interact, to be approachable and caring. They meet children’s needs through sensitive and appropriate interactions, thereby promoting self esteem.
‘The staff at Choochoos make both families and children feel welcomed and comfortable whilst at nursery’, (Parent, November 2020).
The indoors is bright and welcoming with excellent facilities. Areas are zoned and include play for construction and small world, music and movement, books, puzzles and games, art, craft and mark making, role play and more. The environment allows children opportunities to be involved in group play or to have time relax. Resources are age and stage appropriate and all are accessible for independent play.
Children can free flow outside, from inside when ever they choose. They are allowed to be independent and grow in confidence, selecting appropriate outdoor clothing when needed. They select materials and form close friendships as their imagination comes alive. All outdoor play is supervised by our early years practitioners, who observe and know when to provide support.
The routine is carefully planned to encourage independence and confidence. Children are offered opportunities to take part in group activities, story times and music and movement. They are not forced to participate and are normally attracted due to the careful planning of the activity by our practitioners. The key person approach is fully embedded in the caterpillar room and each child has times in their routine to spend special time with their key person. Planning is led by children’s interests and next developmental steps, therefore meeting the needs of every individual.
Outings & walks
Our children often go out exploring as part of our weekly planning. With so many places to visit our children love venturing out. To maximise safety ratio’s of adults to children, they are increased and children are given florescent jackets to wear. Walks allow our children to collect materials to use back in the nursery and camera’s give the children opportunities to snap any items of interest. The park is a great hit and our children are very familiar with the equipment there. Our children often visit a local elderly residential home to perform their singing skills, which gives them great links with the local community.