As infants grow into their newly developed motor and linguistic abilities, they become even more curious and active as toddlers. At Condell, we believe that the best approach to helping toddlers grow and learn is by providing the proper environment, tools and activities to foster development.
Our program seeks to support toddlers as they come to learn more about themselves, their peers, and their world. By allowing the children freedom, within the boundaries of routine and a safely structured environment, we will enable them to develop independence and self-esteem. As sensory-motor and language skills mature rapidly during this stage, the teachers in our Child Day Care program act as guides and models for the children.
Our toddler curriculum focuses on fostering independence and developing language and motor skills.
- At this stage of development, children learn best through engagement with an adult model. In our toddler rooms, the children will begin to learn self-help skills like feeding themselves table food, and using eating utensils.
- As children begin to walk, gross motor activities are integrated into the classroom, such as walking up and down stairs, rolling and catching a ball, and pushing/pulling wheeled toys.
- Most importantly, as language development takes off during this stage, teachers will work toward exposing toddlers to many different books, songs, and finger plays. They will also encourage and model the use of expressive language to foster communication skills.