Lindgren Child Care Center

Toddler

(16 months to 32 months)

A structured day is planned indoors and outdoors for these toddler children, dependent on their particular schedules. Appropriate activities foster the growth of each toddler's self-help skills, language development, social awareness, and positive non-aggressive problem solving. Nap time is scheduled in the afternoon.

The philosophy of the toddler program

The philosophy of the toddler program is to help toddlers feel safe and respected along with encouraging the toddler to develop in all areas (cognitive, social/emotional, language, physical and self-help) according to their individual ability using developmentally age appropriate practice. Relationship with the child and the child’s family is also an important piece of the program. It is important to have parent involvement and create a partnership with the parents so that the teacher and parent can work together on their child’s development.

Curriculum

'Early Childhood Indicators of Progress: Minnesota’s Early Learning Guidelines for Birth to Three' is the framework for the Toddler Curriculum. The primary purpose of these indicators is to provide an understanding and communicate a common set of developmentally appropriate expectations for young children within a context of shared responsibility and accountability for helping children meet these expectations.  

Here is the organization of The Early Childhood Indicators of Progress:

Domains - Areas of major development include:     

  • Social and emotional development
  • Language and communication
  • Cognitive development
  • Physical and motor development

Components - A component is a subpart of each of the domains.

Indicators - Indicators define expectations for a specific, observable outcome for the child.