Toddler

18 – 30 months of age

 

Caledon East Children’s Place uses the HighScope Educational Approach in the Toddler program. This approach uses a carefully designed process of learning through discovery, called active participatory learning. During active learning, educators encourage toddlers to discover the world around them by exploring and playing. Learning and development are anchored by long-term, close, trusting relationships with the educators who are close at hand to support children as they play. Educators work together with parents to ensure that arrivals and departures are pleasant and reassuring for both the children the parent. The classroom is safe, inviting, flexible, and child oriented to provide comfort and to accommodate children’s changing developmental needs and interests. There is a wide variety of materials that toddlers can reach, explore, and play with in their own way at their own pace. The materials appeal to children’s senses and have varied proper­ties including wood, metal, and textured materials; found materials; and natural materials. The classroom is organized into play and care areas that serve the needs of toddlers. Educators also use these care giving routines as opportunities to share control by finding ways for the children to play an active role.

 

Teacher to child ratio: 1 to 5 children

Reduced ratios apply for arrival (7:00am to 8:30 am), nap time and departure (5:00pm-6:00pm) as per the Ministry of Education – Child Care and Early Years Act.

Sample of Daily Routine