Our Tweenie room is run by highly trained and experienced Practitioners who have a great knowledge base about the “tricky two’s” age bracket. They are expert at working with managing behaviour and creating a positive environment where your 2 year old will be well equipped to join our Pre-School room at 3 years old.
We understand that as your child turns 2 the range of emotional experiences that they display can cause some parents to become alarmed and unsure, but with the excellent rapport and parent partnerships that the practitioners build we ensure that we are here to assist and support in the successful transition throughout your child's second year of life.
TWEENIE ROUTINE- 2-3 years old
(please note all times are approximate)
7:30am-9:00am- Breakfast time
As children tend to arrive during this time, breakfast is ongoing until 9:00am. Once the children have eaten, they are free to help themselves to the resources available to play with in the room.
9:00am – 9:15am – Hygiene Time
To gear towards self help and independence, Practitioners encourage the Tweenies with brushing their teeth, washing their faces and cleaning up after breakfast, and putting on their slippers for the day. This session is always accompanied with songs and stories.
9:15am-9:30am – Self Registration at Circle Time
As children start to have an increased self awareness and know what they look and how their names look in print self registration incorporates photo’s and printed names that the children are encouraged to stick on the door as they arrive.
At circle time each day the children are encouraged to talk about how they feel and why. This is an excellent tool to explore personal, social and emotional development as practitioners use a range of methods to extract ways in which the two year olds can demonstrate how they feel.
9:30am-10:30am – Morning planned activity
The practitioners plan according to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). An example of activities that we do with the Tweenies…
‘Gloop’and pasta play
‘Gloop’ is a mixture of cournflour and water and encourages young children to explore texture. We usually pour the mixture directly on to the floor or table and facilitate the babies’ and Tweenies’ exploratory play.
Focusing on what the EYFS defines as ‘Prime Areas’ of learning is essential at 2 years old.
These areas are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
10:30am-10:55am Continuation of activities observation opportunities
We see the day as one long learning opportunity through play for our children and use this time to record observations of any interesting things that the Tweenies do. These observations form part of your child’s individual development folder and also help to inform the practitioners planning for future activities.
11:00am-12:00pm –Dinner time
All of our meals are prepared on site by our fully trained and qualified nursery cook. We meet the cultural, religious and dietary needs for all of our children and you are informed at the end of each day on your childs ‘daily sheet’ what your child has had.
12:00pm – 2:00pm –Quiet time and Sleep time
Rest is vital for all children, and although all children may not want to sleep during this time, the opportunity to wind down and relax is provided as we lay our beds out and turn down the lights.
2:00pm-3:00pm – Snack time, toilet training, nappy changing and free play
As soon as our children have rested we provide them all with snack, which is always fresh fruits, vegetables or biscuits and they have access to the water dispenser located within their room which is available for all of the children throughout the day. Free play is always facilitated by our practitioners and we ensure that it is child initiated.
Our Tweenie room has a changing mat and toilet located next door to encourage toilet training throughout the day.
3:00pm – 3:30pm – Tea time
A chance to eat again! Every day the Tweenies have a nutritious tea prepared for them by the cook. These foods vary according to the season, for example we may have lentil soup in the winter months and lighter foods during the summer such as fruit salad.
3:30pm – 4:00pm – Afternoon planned activity
- A trip to our local park/reservoir.
- Music, singing and baby dance sessions.
- Mirror play
- Tweenie exercise sessions
- Family tree discussions
4:00pm Nappy change, whilst activities are continued
5:00pm-6:00pm Tidy up, wind down and hand over it’s home time!