18 Months – 3 years
The children in the toddler classroom are full of wonder and activity as they use their five senses to discover the world around them. Children at this age learn to be remarkably self-reliant, and our program is built around fostering that growth in a safe, stimulating, and encouraging setting.
Skills that Children Will Learn
Your child learns that they are loved and valued from you and your family. They learn trust by saying things like, ‘I know you’ll be there if I fall over.’ Your child begins to learn about their own needs, thoughts, feelings, likes, and dislikes. Family relationships eventually teach your child how to get along with other children and adults.
Talking, listening, reading, and singing with your child teaches them about language, written and spoken communication, and conversation skills like taking turns and listening.
Your child learns about their own size and shape at home with you, for example, ‘I’m bigger than our stool but not as big as our table.’ Your child will also learn about their community and their impact on the world around them. ‘My house is on this street, the park is down the road, and my friend lives on a different street,’ for example, or ‘The plants grew because I helped water them.’
You are an important role model for your child when it comes to healthy eating and physical activity. If you choose an apple over a snack bar for breakfast, your child is more likely to do the same. Going for a walk instead of watching TV teaches your child that exercise is a good, fun way to spend time together.
And your child develops early literacy skills by reading and telling stories with you, playing simple sound and letter games such as listening for words that begin with the same sound, and looking at pictures, letters, and words in the environment, such as on signs and in catalogues.