22 months to Explorers

Spreading our wings

The move from first floor to ground is timed to coincide with a natural shift in focus from ‘discovery’ to ‘adventure’. As toddlers become small people, so the world becomes a giant playground. Butterflies need freedom, so we encourage ours to play outside and to explore. The Butterflies room is set up to promote independence, social skills and use of language.

Butterflies was once two separate rooms but now works as one to ensure consistency and reduce the number of transitions faced by your child. One side of the room caters for children aged 22-32 months (the Red Butterflies) while the other is for children aged 32 months until Pre-school age (the Purple Butterflies). There is a small, but carefully managed, transition as individual butterflies move from the red group to purple.

A wide range of play and learning opportunities are available to all children, with a messy play area linking the two sides. Red Butterflies have a home corner for role playing, while the Purple Butterflies’ side features large loose parts areas and writing tables to inspire creativity and encourage reading. Both have their own book areas and open onto the garden and outdoor play areas. Bathroom facilities are shared for quick and easy access while toilet training. Butterflies are encouraged to use the facilities independently as soon as they are able, but support and supervision is available where necessary, and always prior to meals, walks and trips into the woods.

Separate white boards on each side of the room display details of the day’s activities, while a daily chart in Red Butterflies records how long children have slept and eaten each day, together with notes on nappy changes and toileting.

All children are individuals, so we take great care to support each child and allow them to develop at their own pace. We follow Early Years Foundation Stage best practice, observing each child and sharing information with parents. Supervisory staff are all qualified, and appropriate staff-to-child ratios (1:3 for children under 24 months, 1:4 for 24-36 months and 1:8 for 36-42 months) maintained at all times. An internal intercom system ensures that additional staff can be called at a moment’s notice.