Young toddler watering the plants in the garden at Juniors Day Nursery, Cranbrook.

2 - 3 Yrs

Our Toddler room welcomes children from 2 years of age, although this does depend on each individual child’s stage of development. The Toddler room is a hive of activity, benefitting from dedicated areas for learning; sand and water play areas, cosy book corners, creative and messy play areas, construction, mark making, role play and much more.

We encourage all children to join us for story time and singing and regularly enjoy circle time. At Junior’s we follow a child centred approach to learning, where children are supported to direct their own learning through a Plan, Do, Review process. As this is the stage when many children start potty training, we encourage independence skills, ensuring children have access to potties and toilets, ensuring children and families are supported throughout the toilet training process. Outdoor play is a large part of nursery life where the children develop the gross motor skills and co-ordination, learn to play and share with their friends, explore nature and burn off some energy with lots of fresh air.

Mud is great and sand is even better... At Junior’s we love all things messy and we ensure our children have lots of opportunities of messy play and sensory exploration. Our Toddler children benefit from time spent exploring our sensory room, designed to support children with developing their sensory processing skills, vestibular and proprioceptive systems. All children in the nursery have use of our four amazing garden areas; an all-weather “Den”, a sensory garden to dig and plant in, a large artificial grass area with tyre bank and huge sand pit, plus a purpose built separate decked area. In Toddlers we love to get out and about and enjoy our visits to the nearby orchard and taking part in forest school activities.

Staff ratios in this room are 1:4.

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Typical Day

8.00

Arrival

8.15

Breakfast

8.30

Plan, do, review

10.00

Snack

10.30

Outdoor learning

11.45

Story & song time

12.00

Lunch

13.00

Afternoon sleep time

15.00

Outdoor learning

16.00

Story & song time

16.15

Tea

16.30

Child initiated play

18.00

Collection

Sample Menu

Breakfast

Toast & cereals.

Snack

Humous with carrot & cucumber batons.

Lunch

Tuna pasta bake with mixed veg & yoghurt for dessert.

Tea

Wholemeal wraps with a choice of fillings & fruit selection for dessert.

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Team Leader

Stephanie Allen joined Junior’s Day Nursery in January 2012. During her long career at Junior’s Stephanie has worked her way up from Nursery Practitioner, to Room Leader, to Deputy Manager and now Nursery Manager since January 2020. Stephanie holds a paediatric first aid qualification, is Designated Safeguarding Lead and is a SENCo at Junior’s Day Nursery - Cranbrook.

Stephanie Allen is the team leader at Juniors Day Nursery, Cranbrook.
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