We have started rotating toys and books every month. This was the process.


  • Reading books
  • Basket


Step 1: We set out all the books in rows on the floor.

Step 2: We grouped all the books, with similar ones e.g. Dr Seuss series, fairy tales, traditional stories etc. This stage took a long time as they kept stopping to read the books.

Step 3: We divided the groups of books in to 3 (the number of rotations we have with our toys) so that each rotation has a variety of book types.

Step 4: They then picked some books to go in their ‘favourites’ basket. These are the books they didn’t want tidying away after a rotation as they are read regularly. This took the longest as they decided that out of all the books we own, only three of them were not their favourites!

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Personal, social and emotional development

ELG 08 – Making relationships:

Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.


ELG 09 – Reading:

Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.