Ages: 16 months to 2 years
Teacher to Student Ratio: 1 to 4-6
High-Quality Toddler Care at YWCA Minneapolis
At 16 months, children join our toddler program. One teacher and five children make up primary care groups that help youngsters sail through age two. This age is all about having fun while developing independence, control of their bodies, language and social interaction skills.
Learning Through Repetition
Repetition of movement and activities is important for brain development for toddlers. Repetition strengthens the neural pathways that toddlers are developing.
Problem Solving Skills
Problem-solving experiences for toddlers involve manipulating, experimenting, cause and effect and creativity. Toddlers enjoy putting things together and taking them apart.
The development of language is particularly crucial during the toddler period. We provide many opportunities for toddlers to engage in dialogue with peers and adults. We acknowledge and encourage the child’s communication during all learning experiences.
Small Group Learning
Toddlers benefit most from small groups. They may not be quite ready for large group participation. We organize the environment using small group learning and play centers.
Toddlers are perfecting their motor skills rather than acquiring them as they did as infants. Toddlers need to climb, run, throw and jump.
Learning Experiences for Toddlers
All learning experiences should reflect children’s culture and be responsive to special needs and challenges. We use learning experiences to support children’s home language.
- Invite parents and families to share their favorite rhymes
- Hand-over-hand guidance with children to practice how to do something
- Open/close, in/out, under/over learning experiences
- Sensory learning experiences with different textures, colors, shapes and sizes
- Sorting learning experiences by size, shape, color, likeness and function
- Construction learning experiences to build with different kinds of blocks and materials