Two Year Olds In School
We are one of the schools in County Durham offering places for two year olds in our Early Years Unit. At present we have 4 morning places from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 4 afternoon places from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. Families who are in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance and Child Tax Credit may be eligible for admission to our Two Year Old Class. Contact Kelly or Linzi in the Child Care Places Team on 03000 268913 or call into school for an application form. If you wish to print off a form please click on the links at the bottom of the page. Completed forms should be returned to:-
Childcare Places Team
Planning for the next stage..... !
If your child is two between 1st September 2013 and 31st of August 2014 please call in or send for an application form to secure a place on the Nursery waiting list for the next school year. Details of sessions available can be found in Our School, then Early Years in the left hand menu. Children are offered places according to the rules of the Durhal Local Authority Nursery Admissions Policy. Please contact School Admissions on 0191 3834490 for details of this policy. Paper copies are also available from the school on request.
Look at some of the things our Two Year Olds get up to !
Carrying on the learning at home.
Summer Term 2014
These are some of the things we will be learning this half term. Perhaps you would like to revisit these activities at home.
- finding out about people in our community who help us - the doctor, the nurse, the police officer, the firefighter, the refuse collector
- enjoying Caribbean Carnival together
Each week we will be learning counting songs and action rhymes. Click on the links below if you want to join in at home with some of this term's rhymes:-
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Polly Put The Kettle On
This Old Man
Mary, Mary Quite Contrary
One, Two, Three, Four, Five
Two Year Olds Love Playdough !
Playdough is a great resource to help children develop their fine motor skills as they squeeze, roll and press the dough. If you have any old biscuit cutters to spare they will also enjoy pressing out the shapes. As they become more confident they will enjoy making sausages, cakes, fruit, vegetables, animals, monsters ........ the sky is the limit !
Don't go out and buy expensive playdough, try this recipe below. It's cheap and quick to make and the children will enjoy helping you. It's fun to play with this dough when it is still warm but make sure it is not too hot before you give it to the children. You can add food colouring, glitter or anything else that you think that your children might enjoy.
- 150g (6oz) plain white flour
- 300ml (1/2 pint) warm water with a few drops of food dye
- 75g (3oz) salt
- 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
Put all the ingredients into a large saucepan. Place over a medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and forms a ball of dough. Scrape out the dough, allow it to cool a little, and knead it until all ingredients are evenly distributed and you're left with a smooth ball of dough. Add some water if the dough is too stiff, or dust with flour if too sticky. When cold, store your playdough in an airtight container or a zip-lock food bag in a cool, dry place.
Remember that at this young age, your children may be tempted to put pieces of dough into their mouths. So never leave them alone with playdough. Teach them that it is not for eating, and encourage them to bury their fingers in it, mould, pat, chop up and decorate this fascinating new play thing.