Toddlers 2-3 Years
Toddlers, 2 to 3 years olds
Learning to get along with others, caring for themselves, thinking for themselves, and expressing themselves are important skills that one year olds are beginning to learn.
Our Toddlers program uses hands-on exploration and social interaction in safe, engaging surroundings to help your one to three year old learn about his or her expanding world. Through the guidance of our early childhood development professionals, toddlers enjoy learning experiences that promote their blossoming independence and social skills, and foster self-confidence.
Beyond day care, the creative curriculum for toddlers, 2 and 3 year olds and is designed to adapt to each individual child’s age and stage. Experienced teachers promote emotional, physical, social, and intellectual development in a fun, engaging environment.
In our planning process, we strive to help our children develop both their minds and bodies.
Child Care for Toddler Development includes the following:
Language is starting to blossom as toddlers expand their vocabulary from single into multiple-word phrases. Our teachers continually model language and engage toddlers in rich conversations. By providing a language-rich environment that encourages your child’s progress towards achievement of two-way communication, your toddler will have the opportunity to:
- Participate in conversations with teachers and peers
- Follow one-step directions
- Develop an appreciation of books through stories and read alouds
- Increase short-term memory and recall
- Use writing tools and make purposeful marks such as scribbles on paper
- Large Muscles: walk, run, climb, balance, kick, jump.
- Small Muscles: puzzles, drawing, writing, cutting
- Hand and eye coordination by the use of puzzles and other manipulative
Meaningful engagement in the arts allows toddlers to think flexibly, generate creative solutions, and enhances development in other areas including literacy, math, and science.
Your toddler will have the opportunity to:
- Explore sensory materials – squishy clay, textured sponges, and scented paint
- Experiment with and explore colors
- Participate in pretend play
- Play with puppets
Math & Science
A toddler classroom is full of math activities from figures for sorting, to shape boxes for
Matching, to cups to stack by size, to sensory tables to learn comparison of quantity and
Our certified teachers help their students take their first steps towards understanding math by:
- Using “number talk” such as more/less, under / over, inside / outside, full / empty
- Counting to two or three during activities such as snack time
- Talking about time in daily conversations (“Now…then…last”)
- Playing sorting and matching games
Toddlers have a strong sense of curiosity about how things work and an innate desire to make sense of the world.
Our teachers weave scientific learning into all aspects of a toddler’s day by offering opportunities to:
- Explore multiple solutions during story times
- Manipulate play dough with tools such as cookie cutters and rolling pins
- Experiment with volume through sand, water, and rice play at the sensory table
- Formulate “why, what, how?” questions in daily interactions
Exploring the World around Us
Daily activities such as viewing diverse family photos and playing with differently-abled figurines help toddlers begin to step outside their own boundaries and to embrace concepts such as acceptance, diversity, and personal responsibility.
Toddler teachers encourage children to reflect on themselves, their peers, and the world they live in by:
- Talking about feelings
- Having “show and share” times
- Encouraging play between peers
- Expressing compassion and empathy in books and daily interactions
- Connecting actions (i.e., taking a friend’s toy) to an effect (crying from the friend)
The relationship between a child’s physical health and his social, emotional, and cognitive achievements makes it crucial to ensure he feels strong, healthy, and well-nourished every day. Our daily classroom routines are focusing on child nutrition, safety, and wellness, and lays the groundwork for a lifetime of healthy habits.
Our toddler teachers enable children to understand how their bodies work, what they need, and how to protect them by helping children:
- Spend time in the natural world
- Identify healthy foods and growing vegetables from seed
- Practice proper hygiene
- Follow simple safety rules