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, helping support families 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 have access to outdoor spaces at rear of the building and access to a forest school area and playing field within the primary school and utilise all these areas for outdoor learning opportunities. Our outdoor play area has a large sand pit, planting areas, climbing, slide, role play plus much more. We also plan regular outings to the library, Day’s Green and local attractions which is part of nursery life too.
Staff ratios in this room are 1:4.
Debbie Older joined Junior’s in 2009 and has been manager of Headcorn since 2020. Debbie has over 25 years experience in childcare. Debbie has a diploma in Preschool practice, certificate of leadership and management, Level 3 forest school practitioner, and a staff training qualification. Debbie holds a paediatric first aid qualification and is the head designated safeguarding lead and SENCo of Junior’s Day Nursery - Headcorn.