Welcome to Room 2
My name is Jess and I am the Toddler teacher in Room 2. At Halifax Street, your child’s Toddler years will be filled with joy, understanding, and curiosity. I have a passion for lifelong learning and believe that this starts with a quality early education setting that provides a warm and friendly environment for a time of wonder, acceptance, and growth. Along with Room 2’s excellent educators I provide a place where children, families and staff connect with one another developing a relationship based on trust, care, and respect.
The Toddler years can be both exciting and tricky as children begin to develop a stronger sense of identity and social justice, and learn to work through their emotions. In room 2 we work with a play based curriculum to supportively scaffold the children through each of their developmental stages with kindness, encouragement and lots of enthusiasm. Our program is based on the children’s ideas to explore their many ideas and theories and help them to better understand their world. The Reggio Emilia philosophy influences our environment and approach to curriculum, with a deep sense of community present in our Projects and daily life.
In addition, some of the key areas we focus on include:
- Emotional awareness and regulation
- Fine and gross motor skills
- Physical and spatial awareness
- Social skills
- Physical and Mental wellbeing
At Halifax St we are committed to being strong contributing members to our communities. Each week we are involved in Music lessons, as well as frequent visits to our local community garden.
We know how hard it can be to leave your child in care each day and therefore we provide many ways for you to stay in touch with their day. These include a day board with children’s recorded daily habits such as sleep times and the menu for that day, as well as a record of the things the group has been involved in. In addition to these we provide frequent newsletters, encourage parents to join us on any of our planned excursions, and we arrange several family events outside of hours each term for families to connect and support each other. We are always easily contactable and encourage you to talk to your child’s primary carer at drop off or pick up times. We believe that strong relationships with families provide a stronger, safer and more enjoyable place for our room 2 children.