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.

  • Running
  • Kicking and throwing
  • Rolling
  • Pouring and dumping
  • Rocking, pulling and riding toys
  • Building
  • 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.

  • Ordering
  • Gathering
  • Dumping
  • 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
  • Puzzles

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
  • Bubbles
  • Music and musical instruments
  • Snow/ sand/ ice table
  • Textured books and toys
  • Games/ sampling objects and foods