A day in the life of…

I do really love doing three toddler groups a week. The Thursday group is at my own church (at the other two I lend a hand – taking a turn telling a Bible story, leading songtime and generally helping out where needed). So the following photos are from the Thursday group – we have a lot of space … and this is a glimpse of what happens on a Thursday morning from set up to tidy up! If you are running a toddler group then I really hope that you know that all the hard work that goes on before and after is really appreciated! I am really grateful that my husband does the setting up of all the furniture each week and that I’m part of a team that works really hard and is really cheerful each week.

So – the beginning of the day in the life – early morning furniture moving..

followed by toy set up.. by now there are three of us …

Our craft table is important – it’s really missed if it’s not there! We also have a painting room – I’ll try to get some photos! Our painting dryer is a clothes airer from Lakeland. It does the job, has no sharp edges and was a good price! One of the team makes the playdough and sorts out the paints bringing these from home.

For the first hour and a quarter it’s free play and tea/coffee and biscuits for the adults. The team is now at 5. We serve from the kitchen – the door is open but we use a stairgate to keep children safely out of the kitchen.

Then there is tidy up of the toys and snack time for the children.

At 11am we have a Bible Story and singing. Our hall has a stage which comes in very handy if we’re displaying pictures for the Story. This is a Go pack table on it’s side. It makes a great display space. We use a story bag too.

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It’s almost the end of the session – this is when we celebrate birthdays. We sing and then the birthday child can dong the birthday bell once for each year. It’s decorated bell in a special box.

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And finally we always end singing time with, ‘Row. row, row your boat.’ Then the CD is put on (we are still using CD’s) and the musical instruments come out for the last few minutes.

And then it’s washing up … putting everything away..sweeping the floor…there are often 6 or 7 of us clearing everything away

And sometimes there’s washing to take home and toys to clean. Every week a team member takes the tea towels home and the children’s painting aprons and washes them ready for the following week. Another team member is responsible for our welcome booklet with all the dates for the term.

I’m really grateful that I work in a team!

toddler group set up

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We always have –

  • playdough (homemade usually)
  • train track
  • dollshouse and happyland
  • garage and cars
  • jigsaws
  • craft
  • painting
  • baby toys in a separate area
  • home corner
  • happyland farm
  • book corner
  • a few ride ons

We sometimes have the following

  • duplo
  • wooden blocks
  • a vets
  • animals
  • doll’s hospital

Do you have any favourite toys you use at your group?

 

Toddler group

This is our hall all ready for our mums, dads, grandparents and carers and of course under -5’s.

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I absolutely love toddler group 🙂

There are a few things not in the photos – train track, farm, duplo and a painting room. At the moment we don’t have enough people to do the painting room as two helpers are way this term. We’re very fortunate to have a main hall and two side rooms.

My plan is to do a bit more sensory play – we have sensory bottles and playdough but I am thinking of using dried pasta …? I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂