There are lots of toys, books and games which are freely available for the children to choose. I let children lead their own play using their imagination but I am there when they need my assistance or want me to join in with their fun! Children learn through play. It encourages them to develop a high self esteem and builds up their confidence. It also helps to improve their social skills.
Art & Craft
This includes painting, colouring, printing, drawing, playdoh, gluing, sticking and junk modelling.
Reading & Sharing Books
I have a huge range of books for all ages, interests and levels of reading ability. The children enjoy stories daily and are free to read/ look at books at any time. We also make trips to the library in Keighley.
Music & Movement
I have a variety of musical instruments, music CDs and DVDs for us to dance, sing and make music to.
Make Believe/ Imaginative Play
This includes dressing up clothes, dolls, prams, cooker, pots & pans, play food, doctors set, vets set, Happyland toys.
Lots of lego, duplo, wooden blocks, meccano and K'nex
Games, Puzzles etc.
This includes puzzles and games for all ages and abilities using numbers, counting, colours, shapes & problem solving.
Baking, preparing meals & learning about food
Water, sand & messy play
We have a large vegetable and fruit garden, part of which belongs to the children so that they can grow fruit & vegetables from seed, water them, harvest and eat them. The children also collect eggs from our hens to eat for lunch!
Walks & picnics in the countryside
We are very lucky to have direct access to many lovely countryside walks. We also make regular trips to places such as Wycoller, Ogden Water and Bolton Abbey.
We have a wonderful large garden which is safe and secure. There is a swing/ slide/ climbing tower set, large enclosed trampoline, small toddler trampoline, sandpit, bikes, tricycles, ride on tractors, balls, skittles, skipping ropes and hoops. We also make trips to local parks & playgrounds.
Local Toddler Groups
We have regular trips to local toddler groups. There is a wide range of toys to play with and a chance to make new friends. At the end of these sessions there is usually a sing-a-long which we all enjoy
..... and much, much more!
I try to plan activities around each child's interests & developmental needs. I work within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework to support each individual child's development and learning.
During the school holidays we have many days out such as:
Museums (eg. Cliffe Castle, Thwaites Mill, Eureka, National Media Museum)
Parks (eg. St. Ives, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Saltaire Park, Shibden Park)
Animal/ Nature Reserves & Farms (eg. Tropical World, Manor Heath, Temple Newsam)
Countryside Walks & Picnics (eg. Bolton Abbey, Malham, Wycoller, Ogden Water)