Your affectionate, inquisitive, busy toddler is on a journey to explore their world, so they need an early childhood care and education program that encourages their natural curiosity, provides the space and resources for them to explore independently and which recognises and supports their social, emotional and developmental needs.
Your toddler, while growing and changing quickly, is still little. That's why it is important that they are supported and guided in building self-confidence, forming new attachments and friendships and encouraged to take on new challenges that enable them to develop the capacity to foresee consequences. In an environment where your little one is able to be creative and make “mistakes”, he/she benefits because they’re learning – they’re constructing meaning, competency and understanding through direct experiences.
That’s why, at Kindercare, our toddler program:
- Works closely with parents/whanau to ensure that, where possible, our childcare routines are similar to your home based setting.
- Provides opportunities for your toddler to be spontaneous, and to express him/herself in a play orientated environment through imaginative and creative play, storytelling, movement and role play. Activities such as dress-ups and role playing provide opportunities for your child to collaborate with others and participate in daily “life” activities which is beneficial to challenge them, test their ability to take risks, and discover boundaries.
- Provides a wide range of opportunities and experiences for your toddler to repeat and practice emerging skills and concepts. Do you find your child persistent? That’s because this allows them to gain competency and an understanding of what is occurring. So in Kindercare’s safe environment, with predictable routines and loving teachers who are role models, your child’s learning and development is encouraged and allowed to happen naturally.
- Provides opportunities for your little one to develop his/her self-help skills, and express their emerging autonomy – for instance encouraging him/her to dress themselves, feed themselves, and care for their belongings. This benefits your child as they are able to develop a sense of ownership and sense of empowerment in their own abilities.
- Is designed to be flexible, varied and fun – providing your toddler with an array of experiences to challenge their physical energy. They’ll be encouraged to participate in activities including climbing and jumping, because, as parents know, toddlers are at an age where they exhibit high energy levels. By being active, your toddler is learning about the world around them and discovering how to relate to others. At this age, your child actively uses his/her whole body and this is essential for developing coordination and to gain control over their midline. The reason this is so important is because this movement helps develop balance, the ability to sit still, and learn how to read and write – all critical foundation skills for them to succeed later at school.
- Provides daily plans and an early education program that incorporates a balance of group time, individual time, mat time, free time, opportunities to share stories as a group, one-to-one experiences, conversations for language development and lots of choices so they can use their senses as a fuel for movement and self-directed exploration.
- And not forgetting lots of regular loving cuddles throughout their day for your AMAZING toddler!
Your toddler is on an amazing journey, read more about developments relevant to this age group:
What You Need to Know
Whether you are considering placing your toddler in childcare for the first time, or whether you are looking at alternatives to your current arrangement, it helps to know as much as possible, so that you can make an informed decision. And when it comes to your precious toddler, you want peace of mind that when they’re not with you, they are in loving, safe, experienced and trusted hands.
Transition visits: before your toddler starts at Kindercare, we advise planning some shorter transition visits before the start of your official enrolment. This will give you, and your toddler, time to become a little more familiar with the environment and to cope with short periods of separation first, before you leave them for a longer session, or for the day. So spend some time in the room with them, having fun. Then, the next time, pop out for a coffee and leave them for a short period of time. Then leave them a little longer the next time so they are gradually becoming accustomed to not having you there, but knowing that they are safe, loved and that you will always return for them.
When it is time for your toddler to move up from our Babies Room, we will let you know before this happens and transition them gradually into the Toddlers Room. They will have a few visits to the Toddlers Room, so that they can spend some time there, getting to know the new faces and activities, before they move up permanently.
Toilet training: Kindercare has no hard and fast rule about exactly what age children should be toilet trained, because we know that these little ones develop at their own unique pace. This means that they are ready for toilet training at different ages. We will work with families to initiate this when it is appropriate for your child. Our teachers are happy to share with you how we do this in the centres, so that you are informed and part of the process and should you wish to adopt a similar approach at home. We do encourage children to be toilet trained prior to leaving the Toddlers Room.
Meals: Kindercare provides a cooked midday meal, with a generous serving of a wide variety of vegetables.
We also provide a healthy and varied mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack.
Nappies: we do not supply nappies so please send along what your child will need for the day.