Toddler Child Care: OUR WILD CATS 1:5 Ratio
Toddlers learn best when they are in a secure environment where they can learn through play, exploration and observation and do so at their own pace. All children are different and meet their milestones when they are confident and ready.
Helping children develop language skills is of particular importance during “toddler hood”. Because they have limited facility with language, toddlers’ cries or calls for help must be investigated immediately.
Coronado Prep Preschool staff members encourage children to initiate language and celebrate the use of words in all aspects of the program. Toddlers learn through their own experiences: trial and error, repetition, imitation, and identification. Adults are best able to guide and encourage this learning by ensuring a safe, emotionally supportive, positive and stimulating environment.
We are firm believers in showing respect for children, their preferences and their emerging abilities. We think that it is natural and a sign of developing intellectual ability for children to test limits and assert autonomy.
Coronado Prep Preschool program for children under 2 invites play, exploration, touch and movement. It provides a broad array of stimulating experiences within a framework of routine with protection from stress. Interaction with others and language development are emphasized and viewed as essential elements in the quality of the toddlers’ experiences.
Children in this age span still enjoy play such as touching, hearing, tasting, smelling, pushing, lifting, pulling, and dropping. They are also developing more complex ways of playing by using speech as a way of organizing their play and engaging in symbolic play. Toddlers’ increased physical independence is accompanied by a desire to have more freedom in deciding what they engage in and when.
Mastering new skills such as how to walk, talk, and use the potty are developmental milestones. It is exciting to watch your toddler learn new skills. The normal development of children aged 1-3 can be broken down into the following areas:
Gross Motor – walking, running, climbing
Fine Motor – feeding themselves, drawing
Sensory – seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling
Language – saying single words, then sentences
Social – playing with others, taking turns, doing fantasy play
The goal with toddlers is to provide a balanced day where not to over or under stimulate them. We here at Coronado Prep Preschool understand the enormous impact care givers have on the development of children. We can make positive impacts on all crucial stages of development as well as providing a safe and loving environment.
During this second year of life toddlers shop a greater sense of independence. This age learns a lot through imitating behaviors of others around them (adults and children)