Woodland Early Childhood Center
Friday, February 21, 2020

Toddler 12-24 months


     Toddlers learn best through play and exploring their environment. A toddler’s greatest need is love, to feel secure and to be kept safe. Before any real learning can take place, these needs must be met. We offer a safe and loving environment for our toddlers. We encourage them to explore and are there to support their attempts to try new things. When toddlers feel secure they are ready to learn and with toddlers it begins with their mastering control of their bodies.   
      Toddlers are in the sensorimotor stage of development. Development is a series of steps and stages that build on each other to ultimately bring a child into adulthood. Because the stages build on each other, each stage is very important. In the sensory motor stage the toddler needs to have many opportunities to push and pull and act on objects. They develop confidence that they can control their body. When a child has control over their body, they are better able to focus and have a longer attention span. Between the ages of 12 to 18 months a toddler will begin a period of trial-and-error experimentation. For example, a child may try out different sounds or actions as a way of getting attention from a caregiver.   Children begin to develop symbols to represent events or objects in the world in the final sensorimotor stage. During this time, children begin to move towards understanding the world through mental operations rather than purely through actions.