Age 2½ - 3½
Our Rosehip Playgroup is for children who are ready to leave their parents for a little while, in a calm and peaceful environment which very gently bridges the gap between the Parent and Child Groups and Kindergarten. It has a similar rhythm to the Kindergarten morning, but simplified and in a shorter time-span. This group is tailored to meet the needs of this age-group, recognising its particular challenges and delights! Care is taken to sensitively support the process of settling in and separation from parents, with an awareness that the needs of each child and family will be different.
In Playgroup, the children make progress in social development, beginning to enjoy playing with other children, working together and starting to develop an awareness and care for other people, as teachers model these behaviours for them. The children's learning flourishes in a calm, predictable and unhurried environment which recognises the child's sensory sensitivities. Staff support children's play by intervening when necessary to help resolve difficulties or promote social skills. Children are helped to find appropriate ways of expressing their needs and feelings. The regular rhythms and routines of the sessions allow the children to feel safe and relaxed.
Activities are chosen to be age appropriate and meaningful to very young children. The range of activities offered promotes concentration, perseverance, dexterity, strength, coordination and creativity, as well as cognitive and language development. Children learn and develop skills by imitating the adults working alongside them. Playthings are as open-ended as possible to maximise potential for creative play, physical development and social interaction. There is a balance within each session of child-led and adult-led activity. This helps children to develop self-confidence and creative abilities as well as learning to follow an adult's lead and participating as a member of a group. The repetition over several weeks of activities, songs, rhymes and stories encourages the development of memory, competence, confidence and understanding. There are extensive daily opportunities for free play and exploration indoors and outside in the garden.
Children are encouraged to be as independent as possible in play and self-care and to select and use resources and activities independently. Through encouraging turn taking and sharing, staff help children lay the foundations for self-regulating behaviour. Our snack time is designed to give rich opportunities for social and language development and adult modelling of appropriate behaviour.