Toddler Childcare: For Ages 18 to 36 Months
Program Goals and Objectives
Social and Emotional: Children interacting and playing with one another in a positive, feeling safe and loved in their environment.
- Caregivers interact with children in a positive way by listening, communicating, and engaging in play with them.
- Caregivers acknowledge the children's feelings and emotions and help them deal with emotional conflicts.
- Caregivers warmly reassure children when having difficulty with separation anxiety.
- Setting limits in the classroom and giving choices to children making sure they understand what is being communicated to them.
- Helping children learn to participate in group activities, practice listening skills and provide opportunities to play together in a cooperative manner.
- Role modeling and showing children how to treat one another and respect each other's belongings.
Physical Skills and Coordination: Daycare strengthens children's gross and fine motor skills; providing activities that challenge the children.
- Kicking and throwing
- Pouring and dumping
- Rocking, pulling and riding toys
- Dancing and hopping
- Climbing and jumping
- Stacking and sorting
- Buttoning, zipping and sliding
Sensory of Autonomy and Self Help: Childcare provides learning experiences and activities that will develop a sense of self-esteem and independence.
- Buttoning and zipping clothing
- Dress and undress self
- Wash hands and face
- Take care of own belongings
- Choosing stories and toys
- Helper in the classroom
- Eating with utensils
Cognitive Development: Childcare provides activities to enhance children's thoughts and organize their thinking skills.
- Simple math and science experiences
- Role modeling
- Turning pages in a book
- Recognizing pictures
- Recognizing primary colors and sizes
- Follow simple directions
- Recognize basic shapes and common objects
Language: Childcare provides ways in which children learn to communicate in a positive way by exposing them to books, music and positive role models.
- Caregivers listen to children's opinions
- Speak to children at eye level
- Help children use correct words in a positive manner, especially when expressing emotions.
- Enhancing language skills through books, songs, finger play, and dramatic play
- Practicing language skills and encouraging children to ask and express themselves.
Education and Creativity: Daycare provides activities, which allow the children to use their own imagination and express their feelings through the creative arts process.
- Provide chalk, markers, and crayons for coloring and drawing
- Painting with watercolors and easel paints using brushes and other materials.
- Sculpting, modeling and making clay and play dough
- Cutting and pasting simple projects
- Role modeling and dramatic play
- Printing with various types of objects
- Using coloring to change the colors of liquids and other substances
Sensory Experiences: Childcare allows children to explore the environment by singing their senses and providing materials that offer hands on experiences that fosters the children's creativity.
- Colored water and plain water play
- Oatmeal, rice, pasta table
- Clay and play dough
- Pudding and colored shaving cream play
- Simple cooking experiences
- Natural objectives/ nature walks
- Music and musical instruments
- Snow/ sand/ ice table
- Textured books and toys
- Games/ sampling objects and foods