The Wantage

telephone01235 760213

6-7 Church Street Wantage OX12 8BL

Open from 7.30am to 6pm

       

Tweenie room

how we organise the tweenie room

Our tweenie room has children from about 24 months to 3 years. At this age your child will spend less time sleeping and has more time for playing. They'll be finding their feet and starting to communicate verbally through pointing and other signals, they'll be looking for new challenges and an environment where they can develop their new skills.

We want to encourage social skills and independent learning and with this all in mind the tweenie room offers more challenge for your child with equipment such as number and letter boards and threading to build problem solving and fine motor skills; sand and water play for exploration; and role play which is much more meaningful to your child now so dressing up is very popular!! There are always lots of opportunities for painting and drawing and other creative activities like dance and music. We also spend a lot of time enjoying the outdoors where the tweenies love to explore in a safe and stimulating environment.

Usually your child will have moved on in their sleep routine to one nap during the middle of the day and will be sleeping on a bed mat rather than in a cot. The bed mats are soft cosy mattresses that the nursery provides for the children, made up with sheets and blankets for a restful sleep. We will work with you to decrease this sleep over time, as and when your child no longer requires it.

staff in the tweenie room

We have 1 member of the team looking after a maximum of 3 children under 2 at any one time and 1 member of the team looking after a maximum of 4 children aged 2-3. When your child settles into our Tweenie room we will offer them lots of opportunities to interact with the team, making natural bonds with them. As soon as it is clear who they get on with the best we will make that member of the team their special key person and offer lots of opportunities to build this relationship, ensuring your child is happy and supported and progressing well.

routine in the tweenie room

We have meals and sleep or rest at fixed times. Young children respond really well to routine and it helps them relax and enjoy the day if they can predict what happens next. We work to our weekly planning of activities based on our observations of the children and the EYFS curriculum. We ensure every child is given opportunities to learn all aspects of the curriculum through a wide range of play activities.

Mornings start with breakfast for our early birds (served until 8.30am) followed by playtime. The room is all set up with a variety of different toys and activities such as cars and garages or sand and water play, which we change regularly so your child can turn up and get straight into playing with what they are interested in. There is always a structured activity such as junk modelling, but your child can choose what they want to do.

We then have a morning snack followed by outdoor play, then lunch at 11.30am, a sleep or rest until 1.30pm, afternoon play again with organised activities both indoors and outdoors with afternoon tea at 3.30pm. After tea there are more opportunities to play and explore both indoors and outdoors and depending on the weather we may spend all afternoon outside and have a picnic tea in our lovely garden!

mealtimes

We gently encourage all our tweenies to feed themselves with age appropriate cutlery and we encourage a wide and varied diet. The children learn to sit nicely at the table and eat together with the team who will talk with them as they eat and encourage good table manners and healthy eating habits.

personal care & hygiene

Nappies, creams and wipes are provided by us and we will change your child as and when it’s necessary on a hygienically clean changing mat which is wiped down after each use. Only DBS checked team members who are well known to us are permitted to change nappies. The team wear latex gloves and change them for each child.

At this age many children will be ready for toilet training. Lots of parents get anxious about this process but our experienced team will support you all the way through the process and agree with you how best to do it as well as when to do it.

Your child will have their own flannel for face wiping which is washed after each use and their own bedding if they still take a lunchtime nap and drinking cup.