A Caring Place for Your Toddler
Don’t we all want a caring, safe, fun and secure haven for our toddler as we cope with our ever changing and busy lives? Finding the right place for our children when we are at work, that is a home away from home is daunting. We always have the safety, security and wellness of our child playing on our mind as we get on with our day. Finding the right day care can be overwhelming, we at Tiny Chaps resolve to make life a little easier for you and help you make the right choice.
Let’s start with the Do’s & Don’ts of a Toddler Program:
- Development: Toddlers at this stage are learning to walk, talk and take initiatives to explore. We need to give then an environment that fosters this development. A childcare should be able to encourage them to be autonomous and help in their motor and cognitive development. At the same time ensure safety of the child.
- Play Area: Providing outdoor spaces surrounded by protective fences to safeguard the children is key. Keeping a close watch to ensure no child is injured and is safe.
- Relationship: After parents, it’s the teachers who the child spends maximum amount of time with. It is important that the toddlers and teachers build a strong relationship with each other. It is the teachers’ responsibility to provide education, nutrition and development under their supervision to the child. Since a day care facility has multiple children of different ages, it is imperative for a teacher to multi task, be patient, responsive, nurturing, cordial and involved in the child’s progress.
- Environment: Toddlers learn best when they feel secure. Children thrive in a warm, safe, loving environment that gives them the confidence to explore. The more secure children feel, the more they are willing to take risks, try new things, and build friendships with others through play, exploration and observation.
- Diversity: Children not only have varied personalities and moods, but they come from various socio economic backgrounds and race. As a daycare, they should not discriminate against children of different races or abilities. Patience is exercised throughout the day as children throw tantrums, make messes and exert extreme amounts of energy. Even when it is difficult or toddlers do not cooperate, quality daycare teachers are focused on the best interests of the children in their care and are dedicated to helping them learn and grow.
- Foster learning and curiosity: Learning as a child can involve a lot of mess, kids do not learn in an orderly fashion. It is the duty of daycare teachers to set the right example and help foster free discovery that sparks learning. Providing a safe space for them to explore, be creative that fuels their curiosity. Creating an active learning environment for toddlers by consciously considering all their needs such as social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and sociolinguistic. Providing them with new information gives them a chance to practice new skills such as drawing, tracing letters, reading and communicating.
- Socialization: In a daycare center toddlers have ample opportunities to interact with peers who have different abilities and interests, the constant socialization can help children practice conflict resolution, basic manners and appropriate play between just two children or several in a group like sharing toys. A daycare provides a greater ability to form relationships with peers improves the social skills, enhances language development in the child.
- Awareness: As a parent, one must informed that the daycare follows all regulations, have a low teacher to child ratio. They need to demand the highest possible quality of care, have seriousness about education and overall development.
We understand that the first day of day care marks a significant transition for your family. To help both you and your child navigate this change, parents should take all the necessary steps not to develop anxiety zone. Your day care experience should begin with minimum tears and maximum satisfaction and success.
Let’s together find a caring, safe and secure haven for your Toddler!
Author: Rakhee Jain - Mommy Blogger at Tiny Chaps