A good place to be two
Being two isn’t easy; at times you feel big and strong, and other times you feel small and vulnerable. Working with two-year-olds isn’t easy either; one minute they are endearing and trustful, the next they are throwing their weight around like little teenagers, testing whether you really mean what you say. This short course, aimed at early years practitioners and those working with young children, looks at how to set up the physical environment to support children in this unique and seemingly contradictory stage. This course may also be of interest to parents and carers of young children.
- You will see how important different environments are for two-year-olds, and will know how to create spaces that encourage movement and action, withdrawing and relaxing, imaginative play, and tactile exploration
- You will find out about the links between physical activity and brain and body development, and the strong biological drive children have for experiences that develop their ‘vestibular sense’
- You will learn how being physical underpins mental health through building self-image, confidence, and self-esteem
- You will understand the need for two-year-olds to immerse themselves in nature and child-friendly recesses in a nursery garden will be suggested to learners
- You will learn the importance of peaceful places in a childcare setting, as well as the importance of creating opportunities for a child to use their imagination
- You will learn about the positive effects of imaginative, sensory, and tactical play
- You will be given suggested ideas for activities and spaces that promote physical, tactile, and sensory play; as well as examples of nurturing spaces – such as a comfortable book corner – and spaces that encourage children to be imaginative – such as a role play area
Advantages of this course
- While open areas are vital for active play, and different materials needed for sensory play, two-year-olds also need to disengage from action during a busy day so their bodies can recharge and their minds can reflect on and process experiences. Imaginative play can also help a child to process experiences and also try to understand the world around them.
- This course offers the learner ideas and activities for creating the perfect environment full of opportunities for whole-child development
- Reading texts, case studies, website and video resources are utilised to explore environments for two-year-olds in more detail
This course was created in partnership with Community Playthings.
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