Daily Routine – One to One Sessions
Sessions begin with “Hello Time” which is an informal registration. Children then move on to work with staff on a one to one basis in the following areas of play and development.
Cognitive Skills - Cognitive play encourages problem solving, hand-eye co-ordination and manipulative play. Opportunities are given to the child to develop these skills through reaching, grasping, transferring toys from hand to hand, posting, building, matching, threading etc as appropriate.
Creative Development, Art and Messy Play - Paint, foam, food items, collage materials, pens, brushes, play dough, sand and water are used to encourage exploratory and creative play skills and grasp and pencil control as appropriate to the child’s age and stage of development.
Multi-Sensory Activities - The multi sensory environment is used for the stimulation of all senses primarily with children who have an identified sensory issue/impairment. Multi-sensory play enhances communication and interactive skills, encourages hand-eye coordination and reduces stress. It also develops the child’s sense of touch, sight and hearing. This is done through a variety of sensory equipment including the bubble tube, sound/light screen, fibre- optics and wind box. All electrical equipment is ‘switch’ operated to encourage the child’s independence.
The gross-motor room may be used with some children to encourage their vestibular and proprioceptive senses through the use of the swing, trampoline, rocking boat etc.
Communication and Play - Music, action songs, singing and imaginary play help children to develop listening, turn taking, symbolic play, language and social interactive skills. Children are given the opportunity to participate in musical activities and pretend play with dolls, teddies and small world toys to develop these skills. Staff use photograph prompts, music cues, Makaton signs and Objects of Reference along with speech to help children understand and adapt to the routine.
Personal & Social Play – Play forms an important part of social development. It is about how they learn to play and interact with others and how they deal with and express their feelings, concerns, frustrations and emotions. As they develop and perceive their own individuality within their community, they also gain skills to communicate with other people and process their actions. This is built up gradually through solitary play, parallel play, associative play and co-operative play.
We also give our children opportunities to develop their personal skills – removing their socks and shoes, removing their coats, finding their placemats, using a spoon or cup etc
Throughout all areas of play concentration, communication, listening skills and the use of PECS or object reference is encouraged
Drinks time - This takes place at 10.30 am during the morning session and 2pm during the afternoon session. Children gather together under the supervision of staff, in the main play room, for a break and a healthy snack – milk/water and toast/fruit. Parents/carers are required to inform staff if their child is on a special diet. Drinks time also encourages social and self help skills.
Story Time - At the end of each session, children and staff participate in a shared story in the story room. The same story, songs and props are repeated during each session for a half term to allow children to develop familiarity, anticipation and the confidence to participate. Parents/carers are given a copy of the Makaton signs used to help them use it at home.
Throughout the sessions children will be encouraged to develop their gross motor skills through movement and play. A variety of equipment are used - seesaw, trampoline, slide, balance beam, swing, as well as balls, skittles, hoops etc. The activities are provided in a safe environment. Stepping Stones also has a ball pool/soft play area to encourage gross motor skills. Parents and children are required to remove their shoes when they use the ball pool. Children should also have their nappy covered with clothing before playing in the ball pool
The main play room is used for free play. Children are encouraged to use the toys and equipment (farm animals, musical instruments, library) to develop their independence and their social skills.
In accordance with Stepping Stones’ manual handling policy buggies or specialist seating may be used to take a child from one activity to another. Parents may also be asked to assist in carrying their child from activity to activity.