The Pursuit of Independence
The toddler programme is designed to meet the particular needs and natural interests of children between the ages of 18 months and 2.5 years. Young children are instinctually motivated to learn from and adapt to their surroundings, soaking up knowledge through sensorial experiences. The toddler classroom offers a rich curriculum fostering independence in movement, communication, and self-care . Activities of purposeful play form the basis of the daily work cycle toward cognitive development, receptive and expressive language development, and the strengthening of fine and gross motor skills. The toddler programme includes four core curriculum areas:
- Practical Life (including self-care skills such as toilet learning)
Music is a part of both the Sensorial and Language areas. In addition to the gross motor activities available in the classroom, the children enjoy two hours daily of free play either in the school courtyard or gymnasium. Toddlers learn to engage and cooperate with other children as well as continuing to enjoy independent activities in parallel with their peers.