During this phase, children take massive steps in their development. Language development, new found pretend play, independence, developing control over their own bodies, learning to be together, emotional highs and lows and repeated patterns of play… phew… these are just a few of the things that occupy their day!
The play experiences we plan for toddlers have children’s social relationships as a central focus to help support their growing sense of themselves and to encourage confidence and self-esteem. We make sure children have lots of opportunities to join in and help them to understand that there are rules for being together with others, always encouraging tolerance and modelling positive ways of treating others.
You will notice that once your toddler turns two and has got the hang of the power of questions, they ask a lot! These questions give us a great opportunity to see what children are interested in, what they are thinking about and importantly, help us to provide the best experiences for them. Playing alongside children, demonstrating to them that their questions, words or concerns are worth listening to and sharing as much as we can with parents are the priorities of the Toddler staff team.