Whitstable caterpillar room (2-3 years)
Our caterpillar room for 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 our children’s confidence and self-esteem.
Being a converted ticket office for the railway station, the caterpillar room has ample character with large windows and high ceilings. The caterpillar room is spacious and 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.
Our 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.
‘Choochoos environment has fantastic space and an amazing range of activities’, (Parent, November 2020).
The indoor environment 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 and role play. 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 from inside to outside 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 adults who observe and know when to provide support.
Our gardens are seperated into two spacious areas, one designed for creative little minds and the other to practice and develop gross physical play. Our children are given the choice to enjoy both.
The first garden is designed to be accessed during all weathers and is protected by an all weather canopy. We provide protective clothing allowing the children to feel and enjoy all elements the weather brings us. In this garden exploratory play is in abundance with access to water play, sand pit, a self selecting shed, bikes, scooters, cars, and sensory equipment.
Our second garden encourages children into a natural environment. Our children are able to see and hear the trains in this area which they never appear to tire of. Home to a vegetable patch, bug hotel, a pirate ship, construction area and a mud kitchen. There are many opportunities to take risks and is ideal for children to form friendships and discover their world.
From this garden the children have access to an exciting indoor cabin. Divided into two parts the cabin offers a place for privacy, rest and sensory experiences and the chance for children to get creative in the woodwork station. This cabin is accessed in small groups and closely supervised. Choochoos is passionate about the depth that woodwork has to offer. introducing children to many activities to encourage creativity.
The routine is carefully planned to encourage independence and confidence. Children are offered opportunities to take part in group activities, story and music times. They are not forced to participate and are normally attracted due to the careful planning of the activity by the 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. Situated in the heart of Whitstable the beach, harbour, town, park and castle are familiar landmarks. With so many places to visit our children love venturing out. To maximise safety, ratio’s of adults to children 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 the children are very familiar with the equipment there.