Young Toddlers

There’s a lot happening during this young toddler year. Little ones are lifting, dropping, looking, pouring, bouncing, hiding, building, knocking down, and more. And while they are having fun, they are also learning. They are learning how to solve problems such as how to get the block tower to stand up and discovering new concepts, like which objects sink and which objects float. They are experimenting with new roles and language during dress-up time, and figuring out how to use their bodies in new ways on the playground. Play is the true work of this season of childhood. When our teaching staff joins in your child’s play, your child is learning that s/he is loved and important and fun to be around. This gives them the self-confidence they need to build loving and supportive relationships as s/he grows.

It might just look like child’s play, but toddlers are hard at work learning important physical skills as they gain muscle control, balance, and coordination. Each new skill lets them progress to the next one, building on a foundation that leads to more complicated physical tasks in the future, such as jumping rope, kicking a ball on the run, or turning a cartwheel.

Toddlers always want to do more, which can motivate them to keep trying until they acquire a new skill, no matter what it takes.  We want to take advantage of your toddler’s natural desire to keep moving. Even at this early age, kids establish patterns of activity that carry through the rest of childhood. So an active toddler is likely to remain active later.  Playing and learning are completely natural for toddlers, so mastering physical skills should be fun and games for them. At EFEEC, we give toddlers many opportunities to practice their developing skills while providing supervision so they stay safe while they learn.

As a general rule, young toddlers will be active most of the time, except for when they are sleeping. That’s a lot of work for dedicated caregivers, but at EFEEC we understand the importance of this much-needed activity for toddlers. In our younger toddler class, we provide a low student-staff ratio of no less than one staff member for every five children.

In addition to these physical accomplishments, toddlers are developing in other ways. We provide opportunities for your child to explore, ask questions, use his or her imagination, and practice fine motor skills such as stacking blocks, completing puzzles, and creating art.

During these first couple of years, young toddlers learn to give and receive love; to crawl, stand, walk, and run; to talk, joke, rhyme, and sing. But development doesn’t happen in the same way, at the same time, for all children. Each child develops at his own pace and in his own way.  At Erie First Early Education Center we will work with your child as an individual according to his/her development and his/her needs.

Click here for a sample EFEEC Daily Schedule for Young Toddlers

Click here for a sample EFEEC Young Toddler Lesson Plan