Tiddly Winks Nursery Toddler Room

From our recent Ofsted report:

'Staff have good knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage. They consistently provide interesting activities for children which engage and challenge their development'


At Tiddly Winks Nursery, our toddler room is designed for children from approximately eighteen months to two years, until they are around three years old.  This is an exciting time in the development of your child and it’s when the fun really begins.  A child has so many questions at this age and we aim to provide answers through experimental learning, play and interaction.

How we learn

As our children become more aware of the world around them we use their interests and show them things that fill them with wonder. We encourage the children to extend their learning across a variety of differing environments.

Experimental and sensorial play (or messy play as we often call it) becomes fun and makes a huge impact on their impressionable minds.  We love watching their faces as they plunge their hands into water at different temperatures, or mix heavy stones with fine sand or pour different coloured water onto fabric or cornflour.




We vary the main activities each day to provide variety, such as:

  • Sticking - lots of brightly coloured paper and glue
  • Painting - every child's favourite (and ours too !) We never cease to be amazed at the wonderful creations they make and the fun in their eyes as the paint goes (almost) where they hoped! 
  • Sensory play (rice / flour / sand) - this helps our children to understand how different things feel and move
  • Water play -  we have objects that float and sink and squirt and swim!
  • Music time - sing-a-long with nursery rhymes and instruments
  • Story time -  short stories in our cosy book area, with fun, puppets and acting
  • Finger Gym and large scale writing area - to encourage early writing skills
  • Being imaginative - this is a time for children to mirror, initiate and extend their imagination about the world around them

Social skills

A big emphasis for us at this stage is teaching the children how we all interact together and how to appreciate others.  We focus on social skills and enabling the children to express themselves.  Teaching a child how to be patient, how to share and to take turns is often not easy, but these are lessons that can be taught gently by example, and through group games.

Personal care

We will supply disposable nappies and wipes at no extra charge.  However, we ask that you please bring a spare set of clothes in a named bag each day. A big nappy change can sometimes need a new set of clothes and occasionally playtimes can get messy too.