Rowland Hill Nursery School & Children's Centre

Welcome to the 2 Year Provision & Childcare

The Two Year Old Provision offers a range of sessions for families with children under the age of 3 years old. We know that starting early year’s education may feel like a big step for you and your child and that there are some things that you may be worried about. Change can be challenging for anyone and especially so when a young child is involved. We want to reassure you that we will be here, every step of the way supporting you and your child and available to answer all your questions.

Key People and family groups

Your child will have a key person who will help to settle them and be their ‘special person’ during their time in the Two Year Old Provision, in addition to this your child will also have a Co Key Person who will support your child’s personal and intimate needs. Key Persons will work in partnerships with you planning to support and develop your child’s learning and thinking. We also pride ourselves on our relationships with parents – so we will be there for you too! We work closely together to support your child. (So, if your child’s Key Person is absent, their Co Key Person will be there to help to look after and support your child.)

Working in Partnership with Parents

You, as a parent are your child’s first and foremost educator and we value your input into your child’s learning. We encourage you to share with your child’s key person any significant events and interests in your child’s life, which we can celebrate, extend and incorporate into our daily planning. You can do this by adding WOW moments to your child’s key group board or photos to their Special books.

Start Dates and Home Visits

All children have a date set for a home visit and a start date will be discussed during this visit.

The home visit can be very special for a child - often children remember for a long time who came to visit them and what they did. The home visit gives us helpful information about your child and it enables your child to begin an attachment with their key person on “home territory”.

Settling in

Children settle into Education in lots of different ways. Some children will confidently settle into the setting as soon as they come in. Others may be nervous and anxious about leaving their parents. Most children will be somewhere in between.

Try not to worry if your child experiences difficulties - it is a very normal part of a child’s development to be anxious, nervous or angry about starting Education. We also recognise that many parents will find this difficult and sometimes an upsetting process.

We hope that we can use our experience to support you and your child in whatever way suits you.  Your child’s Key Person will discuss with you during the home visit the settling in policy looking at the best possible way to support you and your child with this transition. 

 

Our Daily Routine

8:00- 8:30

Breakfast Club and Extended Day Care. This includes breakfast and a range of free flow activities to choose from.

8.30                  

Morning session beginnings

8.45-11.15       

Age appropriate, stimulating activities and experiences are provided both indoors and out. Adults lead some activities and also support and extend the children’s learning and development through the childrens self initiated play allowing them to make independent choices. Fruit, milk and water are on offer throughout the session, with adults supporting their developing self-care skills.

11:15-11:30

At the end of the session the children are provided with a short group session for stories, singing and age appropriate activities, before heading home or preparing for their lunch time.

11:30

Home time for Morning session children

11:30-12:30

Lunch time for extended day care children .

12:30

Afternoon session begins

12:45-3:15

Free flow as in the morning session

3:15-3:30

At the end of the session the children are provided with a short group session for stories, singing and age appropriate activities, before heading home or preparing for their lunch time.

3:30

Home time for Afternoon and Core Day children

3:30

After School Club

3:40-4:15

Tea time – a menu can be collected from reception

4:15-5:45

Extended Day Session

 

The Environment

Explore

An indoor area where children can access Maths, Heuristic play, literacy/books/rhymes and mark making, Small World, Home corner and role play, self- service Snack, Cooking opportunities and the Light box.

Discover

A creative space where children explore Clay, Playdough and Malleable/sensory experiences, Sand and water play, STEAM activities, Paints mixing, drawing and art techniques, Construction and Block play.

Imagine

The 2 year provision share the large outdoor area with the nursery.

It includes Loose part play, Literacy and Maths opportunities, Outdoor classroom, Reading shed, Physical play, Digging area, Mud kitchen, Water and sand play, Growing and Gardening, Physical play, Den building , a quiet memory area, Wildlife and Minibeast hotel, stage area for music and dance, recycling area and shaded areas.

Decking area

The 2 Year provision has a quieter outside decking area directly outside Explore, which links into the larger garden (Imagine) this allows a quieter space for the 2 year olds to explore new and exciting activities such as the water area, music area and outside home corner. This area often supports the developing confidence of young children before moving on into the larger outside area. Outdoor play enables children to enjoy the natural environment and learn to seek out exercise, fresh air and is a major contribution to physical and environmental education enhancing many other curriculum areas providing opportunities to explore, experiment, manipulate, discover, develop social awareness, learn about their own physical capabilities and limits , create and gain a sense of responsibility.

 

Meal Times

Children’s food preferences and eating habits are formed early in life with consequences for a range of health and development outcomes later in life. Depending on the type of place your child has, we provide breakfast from 8:00-8:30am, lunch from 11:30-12:30am and tea at 3:30pm. During the sessions children are provided with fruit, milk and water, which they are supported to access themselves, promoting their independence and self-care skills. The children are provided with a wide range of foods to develop healthy eating habits through a provision of well-balanced healthy meals, (menus can be requested from the reception). Mealtimes are supported by familiar staff members with clear knowledge of the individual children’s needs, e.g. dietary requirements and allergies. Please inform your key worker of any changes to your child’s dietary needs to ensure the appropriate changes can be made. During meal times the adults encourage independence, such as feeding, pouring drinks, scraping plates and taking them to the trolley. Mealtimes are calm social times, providing children with opportunities to converse with others about their experiences as well as sharing their likes and dislikes about food.

 

Nappy Changing

The nappy changing area is located alongside the children’s toilets. Each child will have a nappy box where we will keep their nappies, wipes, these we ask you to provide. The key worker has a co-key worker assigned to them to change their key children. Changing nappies is very intimate and we feel it is important to have a familiar person that has built a secure relationship with the child to carry this out. Toilet training can become quite daunting and we are sensitive to how we approach this, ready to discuss any issues and how we can work together to best support you and your child.

 

Sleep Time

Some of our children choose to have a sleep in the afternoon, however this is flexible depending on individual’s needs. The sleep time takes place in a calm room with sensitive adults to support the children. Each child has an information sheet which explains their individual sleep needs to support each child sensitively, e.g. comforts etc. We have a ‘no dummy’ policy, due to the detrimental effects dummies can have on young children’s language development and their teeth.

 

Additional services

 A range of workshops are also on offer for families, such as oral hygiene, managing behavior and routines.

Throughout the year we also have a range of adult learning and volunteer opportunities available, for more information please visit the centre or call to find out more.

We also work with a range of professionals to offering additional services to families, some of these include:

  • 2 year old checks run by colleagues from our local Health Visiting Centre
  • Speech and language

The Two Year Old Provision staff team are also here to support parents and carers with information, advice and signposting in relation to a range of topics and external services.