Early Years

Babies and Toddlers

Babies and Toddlers

‘To spend time in the company of a two-year-old is to be given the opportunity to discover the world as if for the first time – twoness is special because so much is happening, huge changes in physical, social and thinking abilities. The speed of change is fantastic and the impact on day to day experience is quite incredible.’
Kay Mathieson – Independent Early Years Consultant

How we communicate with babies and toddlers has a great impact on their lifelong learning and development as does the environments that we provide for these children. Babies thrive in a loving, nurturing homely environment where their needs are met promptly.

‘The brain of a toddler is fizzing with activity. But all this activity is happening in a brain not yet equipped to make sense of it. The brain is developing very quickly but is now focused on organising all the frantic activity going on in it.’

Tuning in to 2-Year-Olds: Improving Outcomes for Two-Year-Olds, Harrow Council and 4Children (2014)

Top Tips
  • Babies and Toddlers need active learning. They want to explore. They want to be independent. They are developing language skills, social skills (e.g. taking turns, sharing, waiting) and physical independence, but will still need the support of a tuned-in adult.
  • Focus on play-based activities and routines. Let children take the lead and make choices for themselves to foster early cognitive development. Allow children to share and express ideas playfully.
  • Give children time to develop close attachments, especially with their Key Person; secure and caring relationships are vital.
  • Encourage schematic play. When a child has a pattern of repeated behaviour or play which he or she uses to explore ideas and thoughts, this repeated action of doing things over and over is actually building up the connections in the brain.
  • 2-year-olds are not 3-year-olds so let them be 2!
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