Junior ToddlerS

We graduate children from the Baby Room to the Junior Toddlers when they are walking confidently.

This room provides an intermediate step from Babies to the busier Toddler Room. Personal care and individual routines for each child is ensured with a high ratio of one educator to four children. The Educators provide a warm, caring, safe, happy and nurturing environment, which stimulates all areas of development at appropriate ability levels.

In this environment very young children experience a sense of well-being. They develop trust and the confidence to explore, which establishes a secure foundation for learning and development. Routines help children to anticipate and predict events. We encourage social relationships, and understanding how to relate to other children and adults.

Junior Toddlers are encouraged to attempt self help skills, and begin to develop independence. Time is allowed for them to attempt skills such as helping with their dressing, washing hands, setting up meals, putting away toys. The Junior Toddler Room offers a wider range of both fine and gross motor skills, with activities flowing between the indoor and outdoor area. The outdoor area gives children more freedom to explore and increase their physical skills. Junior Toddlers have access to the Toddler yard and sandpit, and the Nature yard when not in use by older children.

We observe each child carefully, and plan educational activities based on the children’s developmental level, and their interests. All activities are play based. Children’s play choices are respected, and we value play as meaningful learning. We encourage the development of thinking skills and problem solving. Art and craft, music and movement, language development, and learning about the environment, families, communities and cultures are part of the program.

We have a sleep and rest time each day, although this can be varied to suit individual children’s needs. We have video and audio feed from the dedicated sleep room giving increased safety.

Please give educators as much information about your child’s individual needs, interests and development as possible. Your child’s individual routine is incorporated into our daily program, so that their needs and preferences can be catered for. Educators send photos and learning stories to you by the App, and share information by conversation at pick up time, about your child’s day and activities.

Children usually move to the Toddler Room when they have turned 2 years old.