"It is becoming increasingly clear through research on the brain, as well as in other areas of study, that childhood needs play. Play acts as a forward feed mechanism into courageous, creative, rigorous thinking in adulthood." ~ Tina Bruce (Professor, London Metropolitan University)
A child’s next step at Circus is the Jugglers Floor – where the possibilities are as wide as the children’s imaginations. During this time language development is key as children learn to express themselves with words more and more. Working with children to build their vocabularies is something our staff are highly skilled at. We want children to feel comfortable expressing their needs to minimise frustrations and help diminish tantrums both at nursery and at home.
Children are encouraged to discover and engage in activities that develop their knowledge and understanding towards music and other creative ventures. The floor has it’s own creative room, where innovative child initiated activities take place through play in a safe setting in conjunction with our expert staff, including junk modeling, clay modeling, cookery, music and much, much, more.
The ‘quiet room’ allows for more passive activities to occur. Children can concentrate on reading, more subdued play or just take time to relax. The opportunity to be outside in the garden enables our ‘Jugglers’ to explore and develop the nature area in a child lead way with vegetable planting, creative area, and general outdoor exploration and play in our ‘Secret Garden’.
The staff on this floor do an excellent job preparing children to move up to Pre-School. By now, if a child has been with Circus from the beginning of their nursery experience, the child and parents will be accustomed to the smooth transition to a new floor through our ‘taster’ sessions. Jugglers floor children will periodically visit the children and staff in pre-school for the few weeks before the move is made for playtimes, mealtimes and group times. This also ensures parents get to become familiar with their child’s new key person and playmates as well.