Ramillies Hall Toddler department
At Ramillies Hall Nursery, the children are taught and cared for in 3 separate departments, according to their age with each group occupying their own building.
Our Toddler department is housed in a single storey building overlooking a small lawn area on one side and the courtyard on the other. This is where our dedicated team of practitioners look after our 2 year olds.
The building is organised into 3 large rooms. A small cloakroom area leads to our general play area where there are opportunities for role play in the home corner, dressing up, cosying up in the book area, doing puzzles and games or watching rhymes or stories on the white board. Adjacent to this room is a nappy changing and toilet area where child size toilets and handwashing facilities encourage independence.
Our middle room is where we get messy. Painting and mark making opportunities are available daily, with playdough and other sensory play alongside sand and/or water. There is also a construction area, opportunities for imaginative play and spaces for investigation.
Children can move throughout these first 2 rooms at most times during the day, choosing where they want to be and want they want to play with. Adults are on hand to join in with their play, following their cues, and using their play as an opportunity to extend their learning and development. Child led play is interspersed with adult led activities such as yoga, music and movement, stories, games, parachute games, art activities and simple letters and sounds activities exploring sounds, rhythm and rhyme.
A third large room provides another space for activities and doubles as a sleep room. Most of our toddlers sleep after their lunch when the room is made dark and cosy and the children sleep on individual floor mats with staff attending to their needs.
Our toddlers spend a lot of time outdoors, using the large well equipped garden, visiting the field or going on local walks.