Badgers

This room caters for up to fourteen children aged between two and three years old. The room is a cosy space where the children can confidently explore activities that interest them throughout the day. The routine of the room is flexible, empowering the children to choose their own activities and wallow in their play, unhindered by a rigid routine. Many of the children tire after lunch and have a rest with their favourite comforts on sleep mattresses.

The room is purposely organised so it enables and encourages each child to both initiate their own play and take part in carefully planned play activities, which are drawn from observations. As with all the rooms there is a variety of toys and equipment that are suitable for use and accessible by the children. There is a home corner that changes according to the children’s interests, dressing up area, messy play, easel painting, creative area, and a planned activity that takes place throughout each session. The children take part in group activities such as playing games, reading stories, singing, playing musical instruments, chattersacks, exploring talking boxes, and lively music and movement sessions.

The children access the large outdoor space where they are able to explore activities of their choosing. This includes sharing a story with an adult, painting the fence with water and rollers, climbing on the climbing frame, driving the cars and bicycles, and building with large blocks. The children like to go for walks to the duck pond, and the local park, taking pushchairs for those whose legs tire easily!