Little Steps room is all about learning to use and control their bodies. Walking, climbing, getting in and out of chairs, sitting at a table to draw, and carrying and manipulating action-reaction toys give older infants a growing sense of how they can interact with their environment.
Like the Little Angels Room, Little Steps room has their own changing facilities, however the play equipment is geared specifically to their age and stage of development. This encourages the children to begin to challenge their already established interests.
Indoor Play Areas
Gross Motor skill building Activities:
Things that build up large muscle groups such as tummy time, rolling, sitting, standing, walking, reaching, throwing, kicking, stretching, etc.
Fine Motor skill building Activities:
Things that build up fine motor muscle groups such as manipulating small toys and objects like strings or tags on toys, finger painting, turning pages of board books, and grasping small objects.
Cognitive skill building Activities:
Building cognitive skills is a way of helping the children begin to understand the world around them, which they can do through experience. Using cause and effect toys, that allow a child to understand reactions and repeating actions to get desired outcome and building on that understanding, to interact with the world around them in a more aware state. Cause and effect toys would include things with buttons that cause reactions, pop-up toys, musical toys, balls, cars, etc.
Literacy and Language skill building Activities:
Every day, we make a conscious effort to talk to our children, so they can hear verbal language constantly spoken to them. We read age-appropriate books like rhyming books, phonetic books, song books, and sound books, we sing songs to the children and we encourage them to watch our hand movements and mimic them back -as they get older.
Social and Emotional skill building Activities:
Bonding with every new child that comes into our classroom is a very important part of what we do. Building the social and emotional skills to trust and bond with caregivers and peers is important at a young age and can make the rest of their time in child care much more enjoyable and successful.
Indoor Play Areas
Since April 2017 Little Dinners have been providing us with tasty children’s meals, prepared to the highest nutritional and food safety standards. Little Dinners nutritional policy is based on the Department of Health’s “Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Pre-School Services”. They provide tasty meals of exceptional quality and variety, taking account of children’s tastes and