Our goal is to provide a secure environment where the child is valued, respected and encouraged to develop their interests and skills. We focus on:
- Building warm and respectful relationships between children and educators and between peers.
- Self-help skills such as toileting, recognising and looking after personal belongings
- Developing confidence and communication skills
Educators in the toddlers’ room use routines, transitions and play times to respond to the children’s interests and needs and create meaningful interactions. This helps create opportunities for educators to learn children’s communication strategies. Educators also work in partnership with families to learn about children’s interests and development and to support each child’s communication.
A range of experiences in the toddlers room support these outcomes including art and craft, playdough and sensory play, construction, music and movement, sand and water play, sharing books, puzzles and games. Educators support children’s understandings during these experiences, particularly focusing on the process and expression involved in each experience. As children develop, the program becomes more challenging and varied to cater for the emerging needs and interests of each child and the group as a whole.