Little Acorns

(18 months – 2 years)

Having passed the baby phase, elements of independence are introduced at this stage. A wider range of play equipment and creative opportunities are on hand to further stimulate this age group. Emotional and expressive development is supported as children are beginning to gain an understanding of the world around them.

Social skills are inspired. Children are encouraged to share and make friends – being taught that ‘the only way to make a friend is to be one’.

We encourage free choice; this may be as simple as being able to choose your own snack at snack time. Free flow play also promotes this. All toys are height and age appropriate in the room, so children can choose what toys they would like to play with too.

The dedicated play area enhances physical co-ordination and control, advancing the recent, and first physical developments made in the baby stage.

‘All About Me’ books play a big part here. A child’s individual activities are recorded in their book throughout the week and parents are asked to do the same for weekend activities. Key workers discuss the comments with the child, developing communication skills through simple conversation. The use of flash cards and story time also helps to further such skills.

Children begin to recognize easy numbers and shapes. Counting skills are improved through building towers and shape appreciation is taught by jigsaws/puzzles.

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Daily Routine
7.30-8.00amArrivals and play time
8.00-8.30amBreakfast Time
8.30-9.30amRoom division, free choice play time
9.30-10.00amFruit snack time and singing
10.00-11.45amIndoor/outdoor play time (weather dependent)
11.45-12.00pmLunch Time Preparation
12.00-12.30pmLunch Time
12.30-2.00pmSleep Time
2.00-3.00pmIndoor/Outdoor Play Time
3.00-3.30pmSnack Time
3.30-4.00pmPreparation for Home Time
4.00-5.00pmStory Time
5.00-6.00pmPlay until home time