At this stage children develop reasoning and problem-solving skills.

During this stage, the children show a growing desire to be independent. This is an exciting time. They experience huge learning, thinking, social, and emotional changes that help them explore their new world and make sense of it. They become able to sort objects by shape and color, follow two- or three-step directions, and imitate the actions of adults and playmates. They make an important transition from individual play to group play.

Children begin to think for themselves and work out problems mentally rather than through trial and error. They begin to develop stronger social bonds and their communication and reading skills. Vocabulary, memory, and speech are increased by labelling items in books and asking questions. Physically eye-hand; co-ordination, pre-writing skills, large muscle skills and gross motor skills are increasing.

At Not Just A Daycare our childcare program focuses on your baby’s development:

  • Cognitive skills
    Allows children to attempt to work out problems on their own, create and explore. Suggested materials include books, large pegs to group, sort and stack, large crayons, markers paints and paint brushes.
  • Social Emotional skills
    Our caregivers encourage cooperative and individual learning opportunities as well as creative expression. Provide opportunities for dramatic play with simple themes and props. Children are allowed to make choices on activities.
  • Communication skills
    We believe in talking positively to your child in statements that allow your child to respond back. Introduce your child to written words and other literacy-based materials and sing throughout the day. We allow child to make choices on activities. We seek to establish eye contact when talking to children and use picture books and short story books with repetition and rhymes, poems, and finger plays.
  • Physical skills
    We allow children to run throw, catch, jump, climb, ride on riding toys, and make choices on activities. Low climbing structures, riding toys, balls, puzzles, and books.

Trust and contact us to provide a loving and enriching environment for your precious bundle of joy.