absorb an immense amount of knowledge from their environment and have a need for
love, understanding and empathy. Students of this age require information,
logical limits, flexibility and support. The focus is upon physical and
human needs that respond to the rapid and conflicting changes of this age,
rather than curriculum or materials. Toilet learning is part of the
support students' abilities, choice of work, development of practical life
skills and satisfaction in growing independence. The teacher must prepare and
maintain a controlled, stimulating and need-fulfilling environment based on
sensitive periods and order. Both verbal and non-verbal cues of the child
are observed in order to assist, rather than hinder, the child's progress.
Toddler Program Goals:
• Help the child through parent separation;
• Assist in developing a positive self-image;
• Develop large and small motor control;
• Develop age-appropriate social skills;
• Assist parents in gaining insight into their child's physical, emotional and intellectual development.
The Toddler curriculum is based on 6 integrated developmental areas: sensory and perceptual, cognitive, physical, gross and fine motor, self-help skills, and social/emotional development. The learning environment fosters freedom of movement, integrates daily routines, and provides experiences that develop a child’s growth and independence.