The Rabbits’ and Squirrels’ rooms are full of colour, with a wide variety of soft toys and toys with bells, rattles, levers and musical sounds to aid dexterity and sensory development. Older babies enjoy soft modular blocks and push-along toys which aid gross motor skills.
Children love music and rhythmic sounds. Finger rhymes, Nursery rhymes and action songs play an important and enjoyable part in daily activities and aid language development.
Through their “Learning through Landscapes” programme, Ofsted is keen for indoor play to extend easily and freely into outdoor play. We agree enthusiastically as fresh air is essential for good health and physical development. The children enjoy our lovely garden with a good variety of small slides, playhouses and push-along toys.
The bottom garden is a haven for younger babies away from the more energetic play of the older children. On a summer’s day they sit on rugs under the apple tree with their Key Person who will point out the songs of the birds, the sound of the older children playing, the noise of a passing aeroplane or police car. Although they enjoy our garden, both staff and children enjoy regular visits to the park to feed the ducks.
Squirrels enjoy activities to develop their fine skills and manual dexterity e.g. painting, printing, puzzles and construction toys. Toy kitchens, dolls, dressing-up clothes enhance role play and aid language development.
Music, songs, nursery rhymes and music making are always popular and vocabularies and repertoires are expanding rapidly.
As the children play together, they are encouraged to share toys with their friends and “take turns” Key persons continue to play a vital role in providing stability, consistency and, when necessary, comfort.