Our approach with infants and toddlers follows HighScope’s infants and toddlers curriculum. It involves key beliefs in how and what infants and toddlers learn, as well as a commitment to creating an environment where such development can best happen.
How They Learn
Infants and toddlers learn…
- With their whole body and all their senses.
- Because they want to.
- While communicating what they know.
- Within the context of trusting relationships.
What They Learn
Despite their young age, infants and toddlers make big steps in their learning about…
- Sense of self (e.g., express initiative).
- Social relations (e.g., form attachments to primary caregivers).
- Creative representation (e.g., imitate and pretend).
- Movement (e.g., move parts of their bodies).
- Music (e.g., listen to music).
- Communication & language (e.g., listen and respond).
- Exploring objects (e.g., explore objects with hands, feet, mouth, eyes, ears and nose).
- Quantity & number (e.g., experience “more”).
- Space (e.g., explore and notice location of objects).
- Time (e.g., anticipate familiar events).
What We Do
At Calvary Childcare Center, we support how and what infants and toddlers learn as we:
Promote supportive adult/child interactions.
- We establish policies that encourage continuity of care.
- We create a climate of trust for the children.
- We form partnerships with the children.
- We support the children’s intentions.
Arrange and equip an active learning environment.
- We build order and flexibility into the physical environment.
- We provide comfort and safety for children and adults.
- We support children’s sensory-motor approach to learning.
Establish schedules and routines.
- Arrival and departure.
- Feeding and mealtime.
- Bodily care.
- Choice time.
- Outside time.
- Group time.
Encourage partnerships between the caregiver team and parents.
- We encourage open communication.
- We make joint decisions about program issues.
- We focus on parents’ strengths.
- We provide a welcoming environment for families.
- We value parent participation.