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Waddlers
13 to 18 months

Overview

 

Waddlers require fun and educational activities, in an environment that fosters language, social, emotional and cognitive growth and development. KinderKiddz Early Childhood Learning Center teachers encourage children to explore, discover, invent and experiment while they gain an understanding of the world around them. Creating opportunities for individual and group activities, while integrating a caring and nurturing environment for your rapidly growing toddler is our goal and commitment. Our enriched curriculum gives each child a variety of experiences in language development, imaginative play, music, art, sensory and physical development.

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Environment

KinderKiddz’s waddlers are given many opportunities throughout the day to explore. Areas of play are designed to encourage the children to use a variety of materials and learning equipment to initiate curiosity and language development. All toys, surfaces, cribs/cots, changing tables, and bathrooms are cleaned after every use with a two-step cleaning process; first with a natural cleaner then sanitized with a bleach solution. At the end of every business day the entire room is sanitized using an ULV fogger machine for disinfecting all surfaces. Our center is outfitted with an Ultraviolet lighting air system designed to filter all out all germs from the air circulated throughout the center. As the toddlers are busy exploring their new environments, their caregivers are there to provide a balanced schedule full of fun and learning in a nurturing, safe and comfortable environment.

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Cognitive Skills

 

Waddlers are constantly acquiring information from their surroundings. Our teachers establish the growth of cognitive skills by encouraging children to explore through our enriched curriculum and using various resources such as reading books, symbolic & dramatic play, sensory and open-ended activities.

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Language Development

 

Waddlers begin to acknowledge the meaning of their words to express their wants and needs. They soon begin to imitate others, follow simple instructions and expand their vocabulary. Our teachers help with the recognition of common items using simple association and will encourage repetition and participation. We also practice good mannerisms by using “please and thank you” throughout the day transiting between sign language and verbal language. 

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Social & Emotional Skills

 

Waddlers begin to develop social and emotional skills by acquiring trust, acknowledging their surroundings and expressing their emotions. At KinderKiddz, our teachers give each child the ability and tools to establish relationships and to understand their feelings. We encourage each waddler to start routines, help others, and clean up after themselves.  We work to acknowledge all feelings and teach children how to respond to them so hey can develop healthy relationships with others as they grow.  

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Fine Motor Skills

 

Waddlers' small hand muscles are constantly developing, so our teachers encourage the use of fine motor skills throughout the day. The Waddlers will soon begin to use large crayons for coloring, and painting with appropriate paintbrushes. They will also begin to use a spoon to feed themselves and practice washing their hands.

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Gross Motor Skills

 

Waddlers' large muscles are used more frequently as they grow and develop. Our teachers have creative ways to help develop their large muscles by practicing throwing and catching, climbing into their chairs and sitting properly, jumping and spinning, and running around, all of which is practiced on our age-appropriate playgrounds and classrooms!

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