The Leighton Room has space for up to 24 children aged 2 – 3, all year round. This room has big windows making it light and airy, yet still has a snug and cosy feel to it. The room has a wide range of resources for the children to play with, and different areas set up to encourage children to independently make choices during their play. The children will experience a fun and enjoyable time here in the Leighton Room, with a flexible routine that focuses on what the children need and want.
Each section of our room is set up to support the areas of the EYFS curriculum. We encourage children to explore independently; drawers are labelled with words and photos for children to use freely and resources are set out at child level.
Children enjoy regular circle times where we listen to stories, use Makaton, and join in singing songs. We have developed a calming sensory room that is utilised also as a sleep room; our children love to spend time relaxing in here. Our children enjoy exploring the creative space using a range of media and materials and we are lucky to have our very own garden that enables children to free-flow outside during the day.
Throughout the week, we take observations of the children to celebrate the milestones and progress that they are making in their individual journeys. Child led play or small group times are planned around our children’s interests and development and we encourage lots of free play as a way to discover what it is that really excites them.
Leighton Room children are confident, happy and enjoy all peer and adult interactions.
See what the Leighton Room have been up to this month:
This month Leighton Room have been celebrating ‘the Festival of Light.’ We celebrated Diwali and Bonfire night by making Diwali tea lights and fire work pictures. The children loved getting creative and working on their fine motor skills pushing sequins into the clay tea light holders.
The Leighton Room children have been following their interest in cars by using paint to mark make with them. We really enjoyed this activity, as well as getting a bit messy in the process!
We have also been working hard on our cutting skills by chopping up our own fruit for snack. It’s great to see the children’s confidence and independence improve.
The children have been enjoyed joining in with some cooking activities including helping to make pizzas and cakes. They thoroughly enjoyed experiencing the whole process: from making the food, through to cooking it, and of course getting to eat it all up at the end! Our children were so proud of what they had created and couldn’t wait to show everyone their pizzas.