We have selected a range of images to give a snap shot of our
rich learning environment in our 2-3 setting. We ensure that a
stimulating and nurturing environment is created in which all
children are happy and able to reach their full potential.
We have places for 6 children in this room with a ratio of one
adult to every three children. Each child has a Key Person who will
work closely with parents/carers on a daily basis.
The learning environment is organised in different defined areas
with easy access to all resources for all the children.
Our creative area
Sand and water area
Cots are available for sleep times for our babies and small
mattresses are used for our older children. All children sleep when
they want to and staff work closely with parents/carers on how much
of a nap their child is to have each day.
There are spaces for 24 children in the 2-3 room with a ratio of
one adult to every four children. Many of our Childcare Centre
children move into Ellergreen Nursery School when they are 3 years
of age. Ofsted (Nov 12) acknowledged that the transition for these
children and their families is very smooth and children settle
quickly and make good progress.
The room is organised so that the children can access a wide
range of age appropriate resources and have plenty of space to
explore and have fun.
There is easy access from the Butterfly Room to the outdoor
The staff plan from the children's interests to ensure every
child makes good and sustained progress across all areas of the
Early Years Foundation Stage.
We have a very exciting and stimulating newly developed outdoor
area. Children are provided with lots of different experiences to
develop all their skills outdoors. We acknowledge that children
learn best when they are free to explore and investigate.
'The outdoor area offers the children an opportunity to
learn through movement, play, talk and sensory
experiences. These are viewed as the four vehicles through
which children can learn. Some children may feel more comfortable
using activities that are placed outside instead of inside as they
may feel more able, secure and confident therefore are more likely
to learn more'. (Bilton,2004)
The outdoor environment enables our children freedom to explore
using their senses, and be physically active and exuberant.
Healthy lunches and snacks are prepared freshly on site.
Our weekly menu is displayed on the Menu board located outside
the Childcare Manager's office. All children have access to
drinking water throughout the day.