And they’re off! No longer babies, children in this room are keen to get going and start going on their own little Adventures! Toddlers at this age are starting to find their feet and independence is really starting to shine through.
Each day the carefully planned activities are engaging and exciting, bringing new challenges and experiences for the children. To support the child in their quest to a new found freedom, adults provide a fantastic environment where children are safe to independently explore, experiment and learn through play. 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.
Of course the children have free flow access to the large garden more-or-less all day, every day. A quick pause for suncream or a woolly hat and they’re good to go!
Creative and messy play has an ongoing place within our Investigators room, as it does throughout the nursery – the team encourage and provide daily opportunities for the children to have fun expressing themselves; developing their fine motor skills along the way. Toddlers have access to a variety of mark making and messy play materials; large and small scale, wet or dry, outdoors and in, messy, gloopy, sticky, colourful – lots of mess and great fun!
Positive interactions and regular communication from adults (the Investigators room is always chatty!) ensures the children’s vocabulary, speech and listening skills are enhanced and encouraged. Language is developing rapidly at this stage and children are beginning to put sentences together. Looking at books, listening to stories, rhyming and rhythm are all important steps and greatly enjoyed by all the children in Investigators and at Muddy Boots!
At this young age children start to develop their own bonds between each other which is lovely to see. During circle times, other focused activities and in general play, the team teach the children how to share and take turns – a difficult but necessary part of growing up!
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.
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;