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As your child reaches the 2-year-old age group, alongside their fun and creative activities we also encourage them to expand their independence and develop new skills, such as feeding and dressing themselves and starting toilet training. With our huge selection of activities, play equipment, outdoor play, 1:1 and group activities, your 2-year-old will never become bored at our nurseries.

Similarly to the younger age groups, we make a wide variety of play and activity options available to your child. These include:

  • Role play
  • Messy play
  • Arts and crafts
  • Puzzles
  • Reading corner
  • Ride-on toys
  • Small world play
  • Singing and dancing

Your 2-year-old is also encouraged to take part in creative play using:

  • Malleable materials
  • Sand and water
  • Textures, which are great for experimentation
  • Sensorial development
  • Mark making

We feel that creative play is an important part of your child’s development, so we incorporate it into his or her routine on a daily basis. All activities are planned based on your 2-year-old’s interested and needs.

We have sleeping and changing facilities for all of our 2-year-old rooms. Staff check sleeping children every 10 minutes.

Meals and nutrition.

Your 2-year-old is at a stage of their development where they want to start doing things for themselves (sometimes they can be very insistent about this!) and we encourage this by supporting them to feed themselves as much as possible. We always offer whatever help they need, though, and allow them to learn at their own pace. We also encourage good manners by leading by example.

Townsend Montessori nurseries provide healthy and nutritious cooked meals along with healthy snacks and drinks.

Development records.

Your 2-year-old’s day will be documented in their daily diary, where we record information about what they’ve eaten, how long they sleep, nappy changes and toilet training progress, and the activities they’ve enjoyed. If you ever wish to discuss anything about your child, our staff team are always available to chat and give you feedback.

In addition to your child’s daily diary, they will have a folder that documents their progress through observations and reports.

Moving up.

Moving to a new room and meeting new people can sometimes be daunting to a child, so we aim to make the transition as easy as possible for your child. They’ll visit with their current key person several times before they move to their new room and meet their new key person during these visits so that when they move up, they’ll have a familiar, friendly face that they can turn to for support and encouragement.