A fun and purpose built room for all the ‘Toddlers’

The Poppy Room caters for all the blossoming 2 to 3 year olds.

In The Poppy Room, the ratio is one member of staff to four children and staff are qualified to Level 3 in childcare and education with past experience with under 2’s.

Moving up to The Poppy Room (2 to 3 years) will depend on the child’s stage of development rather than their age and, as always, this will be discussed with parents prior to any move.

In Poppy, we encourage children to be more independent whilst continuing to promote the development of each individual child working towards the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Children are encouraged to use “self-registration” where they find their photograph and choose a peg in the morning, this supports self-esteem as all children feel they belong.  Children are also encouraged to be more independent by serving themselves at meal times. We support potty training as we have a bathroom close by and work alongside parents when the time is right to start potty training, to ensure your child’s individual needs are supported throughout this time.

The room is divided up into different areas covering:

  • Mark making
  • Creative area
  • Construction
  • Small World
  • Book corner
  • Role play
  • Messy play

As your child is getting older play activities will start to develop a little more structure but remain flexible to cater for each child’s individual needs.  We understand the importance of self-selection, so children may choose where they want to play as we provide all areas as continuous provision.

Each child is assigned a keyworker, who has a special responsibility for giving their key child the reassurance to feel safe and cared for and building a relationship with parents. Activities and experiences will be planned around the observations made by your own child’s keyworker and some of the activities within this room are adult lead or adult involved and others have no or little adult involvement aimed at developing the confidence and independence of children.  The children also enjoy dance, music, stories and singing. The children have daily access outside where they are encouraged to explore and develop physical skills. The area is adapted to suit the needs of individual children and their interests. We have water trays outside, greenhouse, a sand pit, tyres, digging and growing patches, slides and a variety of cars and bikes.