2-3 Year Olds

The early years curriculum

The terrible twos?

A two to three-year-old has enormous capability, an unquenchable appetite for new experiences and loads of drive – one reason for the tantrums perfected by the ‘terrible twos’.



Your child will be ready for more challenging play, including themed play (based round life on the sea bed, for example). Our practitioners, guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), will still be focusing on the prime learning areas: personal, social and emotional development; physical development; communication and language.

But building on the new skills your child will have started to develop, they will now start setting up activities and encouraging independent play that focus on the four specific areas of learning:

Ready for more challenges

This learning takes place everywhere in the nursery, including – especially – in our gardens, with their areas for construction, climbing, riding trikes, all those energetic activities three-year-olds love. Some might prefer to dig and plant in our child-size vegetable gardens (early biology) or look at picture books in a cosy corner (literacy) or stretch their imagination in our role-play area or playhouse.

All the time, your key person will be continuing to make observations and recording them in your child’s learning journey document. And we hope that you too will be sending your observations, including photos, to us via eyLog so we can introduce more challenging play – and learning.

Finally, when your child is two, we will give you a short written summary of their progress – the two-year-old progress check. This also enables us to provide any extra support that’s needed.

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