Our toddler room accommodates children from two to three years of age, although children may start the transition from babies from 18 months onwards. The focus in the toddler room is on promoting independence and the children are able to choose from a wide range of resources designed to stimulate development. There are colourful displays incorporating the children’s artwork, there is a cosy ‘reading area’, a role play kitchen and a computer to access stories and games within the room. The adjacent conservatory provides a space not only to enjoy the nutritious meals and snacks but also to access a range of creative activities for example, painting, sticking, drawing, using glue and glitter, play dough, baking and food tasting. In the toddler room the staff begin to introduce regular group times, focussing on a shape, number and colour of the week. We also have a ‘sign of the week’ at Smarties and the toddlers enjoy learning a new Makaton sign to practice with their friends and families.


We work closely with parents to accommodate individual children’s needs, by supporting any particular dietary requirements and we work with parents to support sleep routines and children when they are ready for toilet training. Babies and toddlers enjoy mealtimes together in our conservatory and we take the opportunity to enjoy our outdoor spaces daily.

Your child will have a key person who will help them feel settled and happy in the nursery and they will be your primary contact. The key person has special responsibilities for working with a small number of children, giving them reassurance to feel safe and cared for and to build relationships with you. They will observe your child, assess their progress, record what they have done and plan for their learning. Within the toddler room we work on a ratio of at least 1 member of staff to support 4 toddlers. There are 2 qualified practitioners based in the toddler room, both of whom have paediatric first aid qualifications and they are supported by our Advanced Apprentice.

The toddlers follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), a structure of learning development and care that all schools and early years providers follow from birth to five years old. There are 3 prime areas that we focus on with the toddlers:

  • Personal Social and Emotional Development

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical development

At this stage we will introduce the 4 specific areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage:

  • Literacy – through enjoying favourite stories and rhymes

  • Mathematics – starting to count, noticing shapes and patterns and using the language of size and quantity

  • Understanding the world – learning about themselves, their families and other people that are important to them, exploring using their senses and working out how things work

  • Expressive arts and design – moving to sounds and rhythms, joining in with songs and rhymes and copying actions