The NSS does not only have a primary school, but also a toddler group.
Toddler group 'The Magical Tree' ('De Toverboom') sees to the needs of children from 18 months to 4 years of age and is open five mornings per week. Children who attend the toddlers group, come for a minimum of two mornings per week. They do not need to be toilet trained yet. However in order to admit children from 18 months old, it is important that they can walk in a stable way. This will be assessed by the Teacher of the toddler group.
The toddler group is led by Miss Eveline, Miss Willemijn and Miss Ruth.
The toddler group follows the IPC units. The Units used in the toddler group are in parallel with those used in group 0-1. The theme is interwoven in the entire morning during indoor and outdoor play times and lasts on average 4 to 6 weeks. An IPC Unit is an exellent inspiration to introduce new songs and variations on familiar games. The input of the children is valued and childrens' initiatives are the starting point of new explorations, led by our toddler teachers. We work on general learning goals (SLO Early Years) and vocabulary within each unit.
The time between the children's arrival and visit to the toilet is used for free play, role play and creative activities. This supports the child's development: language development, cognitive development, imaginative play, creative development and the development of motor skills. We sre encouraging children's independence and social development. In this way the children learn all these skills in a fun way.
During the outdoor playtime we focus on the children's basic motor development. After playing on the big outdoor yard we work on IPC for the last hour using free play, activities in the circle, group activities, creative activities and by reading to the children.
Once a week the toddlers have a gym lesson with the children in groups 1 and 2. They also swim in the small pool during the second term if the weather allows!
In order to assess the toddlers' development, we use the Earluy Years observation system 'Kijk'. All the children are observed and the findings are recorded in the assessment system, which is continued uptil group 2. If any potential issues are spotted, the school's Special Needs Coordinator is called in for discussion. We then discuss with the parents what kind of help can be offered.
Has this filled you with enthusiasm and do you want to enroll your child? If so, you can download the registration form. (Registration is handled in the order which it is received).