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Posted by Goodstart
18 October 2016


Stepping up to Toddlers

Toddlers are full of energy and curiosity. Learning through their everyday routines, this is the age when children start to become aware of their independence. We talk to you to get your insight into your child’s interests and needs, so we can plan their program in a way that helps them build confidence, interact with others and develop new skills.

Our educators use this knowledge to guide the children through new experiences around early language, maths, science and more, in a way that interests them and inspires them to explore.

Your toddler’s communication skills move ahead at a remarkable rate as they progress from baby sounds to words and phrases, and his or her educator will plan engaging ways to build early literacy skills and communication with others. As toddlers become more active, it’s a great time for developing new gross motor skills too, so our educators plan for plenty of active play, indoors and out.

Forming bonds with adults outside their family helps toddlers understand who these adults are and what they can do. These special relationships are the platform from which they learn to trust and explore, knowing they have a safe place to come back to.

By encouraging toddlers to express themselves in different ways, educators help them develop a whole range of skills from communication to creative thinking to hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and self-confidence as well.


Toddlers love to dance – which is a great opportunity for educators to help them develop coordination, creative expression, communication skills and social awareness. Translating movement expression into words is also one of the stepping stones to developing literacy skills.

Sharing toys and equipment is an opportunity to help toddlers understand the concept of fairness and learn to connect and communicate effectively with others.



Developing independence

"Early learning", Toddlers

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At Goodstart, children are central to everything we do. As a not-for-profit social enterprise, we are committed to re-investing our surplus in our network, our people and our purpose for the benefit of all Australia's children.