Toddlers, while no longer babies, are still in early development stages; learning to explore the sights, sounds, and textures of a whole new world. Children begin learning from the moment they are born, and the environment we create lays the foundation for their development throughout life. During the early childhood years, all areas of development—thinking, feeling, moving, and getting along with others—are connected. Newly mobile toddlers want to take off in every direction at once and experience every sensation. But toddlers also need to feel safe and secure so they can develop a love of learning that will be an asset during school years and beyond. Relationships with caring adults give toddlers the confidence to experiment as they grow, step by step, into people who are ready to meet the challenges of life. Groundwork for toddlers to learn successfully starts with effective teachers and a developmentally appropriate program—one that provides safe, challenging, and meaningful materials and experiences that support children’s development and learning.
Age Appropriate Curriculum for Toddlers:
Providing encouragement of curiosity, exploration and independent learning.