In the Jellyfish room our main aim is to have lots of fun whilst learning. There are always a range of arts and crafts, tactile and play dough activities available and the children choose what they would like to take part in. This encourages children to become confident at making choices and decisions.
Jellyfish – 2 years 9 months – 3 years 9 months
Jellyfish have free flow in to out courtyard garden for children to access the outside area throughout the day, enabling them to be outside as much or as little as they choose, a large range of resources and purposeful play and learning activities, which are both adult lead and child centred on offer to ensure they are experiencing varied learning areas.
At "circle time" the group take part in a range of letter and sound activities including, stories, singing and "ring" games. The children take part in phase one and two of letters and sounds with a variety of games and activities aimed at supporting communication and language development as well and their social skills, self confidence and self esteem.
Children are provided with a healthy snack through the "snack bar" in both the morning and afternoon. This allows children to access their snacks when they are ready and with limited disruption to their chosen play activity. In addition to their snacks the children have milk and water available throughout the day.
The children have access to the school's library and they regularly use this resource, selecting different books to read and look through.
Jellyfish also have a weekly PE session in the main hall to enable children to develop their large physical skills including controlled running, balancing on apparatus and dancing to music.
Transitioning between rooms
Within our nursery we have 4 main rooms all with free flow gardens in addition to 2 large garden areas, one has a wet weather surface and the other a natural grassy garden, both aimed at physical play.
As you have read, our rooms are age related, however this is just a guide. The children are transitioned between rooms when they are emotionally, socially and physically ready. This is decided on a monthly basis involving the key person, room leader and parents. If it is decided that the child is ready then visits to the next room would take place throughout the month to ensure a smooth and happy progression.