The Toddlers Room
15 months - 2yrs / 2 carers to 10 Toddlers
We would like to give you some information about the room, the carers, the program and the experiences your child will have in the Toddler room.
Content and operations of the program
The busy life of a toddler sees your child becoming more independent and increasingly interested in the world around them. Not only can they walk but they are now running, jumping and throwing balls. Your toddler will enjoy playing with blocks and will begin to build towers, they will enjoy scribbling and begin to dress and undress themselves.
Their language will really advance with understandable words and naming objects and being able to follow simple instructions. They will show an interest in story time and books and will have the concentration to sit for longer periods of time. This is also a very sociable time with toddlers beginning to play with each other and use imaginative and role play. They will also show an interest in how things work and enjoy puzzles.
In our room we program for each child individually. We do this by observing each child, noting their actions and abilities, their strengths and what challenges they are ready for. The activities we plan are developmentally appropriate and goals are set for the child to achieve. You will also see samples of the toddlers work displayed around the room. A folio of the child’s work is kept in a folder with examples of artwork and activities they are given and also observations and checklists. It is available for you to look at, at any time.
Activities and Experiences
Activities such as outdoor play, ball games, riding bike and climbing on equipment all extend the toddlers gross motor skills.
Peg boards, painting, play dough, drawing with crayons and puzzles are all planned for refining and developing fine motor skills.
Language and listening skills are planned for group times - stories, songs, reading books, puppets, finger plays and creative transitions between activities.
Social skills are developed through playing and sharing with friends, learning to take turns, enjoying home corner, puzzles, toys and even pack away times.
These are just some of the experiences your child will have in the toddler room.
Each day we will communicate with parents about what has happened in our room. We will share the highlights of each day by making notes on our weekly program. Writing these daily comments on the program allows Educators to communicate with families about some of the meaningful activities and interactions of the day. These comments will be aligned with the government’s Early Years Learning Framework. Photos of the children illustrating their interaction with the curriculum will also be shared.
Of course we will also share important information about the children’s food intake, toileting and rest time.
Each week we will reflect in general about our journey together and this weekly reflection will be posted for parents to view. Regular centre newsletters will also be produced and shared with parents, preferably by email.
We welcome parent input in many ways. So please feel free to communicate with us about your child, our program, our room or our centre any time.
It is important to us that you feel comfortable coming to us to ask questions about your child and their day and how they are feeling. Each toddler has a book that is kept in their pocket and each day they attend the carers will write in the book about the child’s day. You are most welcome to also write any comments in it, especially if there is something that may affect your child‘s behaviour during the day like teething, lack of sleep etc.
Above the lockers there is a noticeboard where you can find information about the program, the staff and when they have lunch breaks. There will also be extra notes there from time to time about things happening at the centre. The pockets are also used when sending home notes, newsletters, accounts and receipts. The centre also sends out a monthly newsletter.
Please come and see us at any time if you have questions or concerns about your child.
We supply all meals in the toddler room including morning and afternoon tea. You only need to bring a bag with a spare set of clothes, sheets for rest time, nappies, toothbrush, a drink bottle or sipper cup for water and any bottles required. (All labelled). We supply sunscreen and a hat.