Predictability is key to this age group, having the confidence to test their bodies and environment. Developing quickly, they climb to challenge their coordination and strength. Emotionally they are learning how to trust that their parents will return, as well as learn how to feel attachment to those outside the family. Early math skills start with sorting, matching, and problem solving, their language is developing rapidly, open ended art activities trigger creativity. The small infant group size as well as length of time spent with their core group ensures a safe environment, supporting their freedom to develop.
Learning through play is supported outside, using natural, open ended materials that lets the children decide how to play rather than being used for a single purpose. The children have 2 hours of outside play each day -once in the morning and again in the afternoon.
Supporting the walking and running that is developing this yard has a smooth floor to prevent tripping. Push and pull toys support the independence this group craves with a sandbox for digging and pouring. Natural materials are used for climbing on and to allow for children to explore the different textures. Water play is provided on warm days and the children love watching the fire trucks drive past on their way back to the station.
Expanding Imaginations Child Care acknowledges it is located on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy, including the Siksika, Piikani and Kainai Nations; the Stoney-Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley Nations; and the Tsuut’ina Nation. This is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.
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