Bilbies (Toddler) 2-3 year olds

The Bilbies Room, designed for children aged 2-3 years old, offers hands-on learning experiences that are active, self-paced, and grounded in real-life activities. This program aims to prepare children for future academic and social success by emphasizing independence, social skills, and confidence-building. It also focuses on developing self-discipline, which is crucial for regulating the three most important biological needs: sleep, eating, and toileting. Through practical life activities and manipulative work, children acquire the skills needed for a smooth transition to the Casa Program, where they become more focused learners.

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Key Components of the Toddler Program:

Independence and Self-Reliance

Self-Care Activities:
Children practice dressing, washing hands, brushing teeth, and feeding themselves. These activities help build self-reliance and confidence.

Choice and Autonomy:
The environment encourages children to make choices about their activities, fostering decision-making skills and independence.

Social Skills and Confidence Building

Peer Interaction:
Structured and unstructured activities promote interaction with peers, teaching children essential social skills such as sharing, cooperation, and empathy.

Group Activities:
Small group activities and collaborative tasks help children build confidence in social settings and develop teamwork skills.

Self-Discipline and Regulation

Routine and Structure:
Consistent daily routines help children develop self-discipline and understand expectations. This includes regular schedules for eating, sleeping, and toileting.

Toileting Independence:
The program supports toilet training with a child-friendly bathroom setup and patient guidance from caregivers.

Practical Life Skills

Daily Living Tasks:
Children engage in practical life activities such as pouring, sweeping, and cleaning. These tasks develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and a sense of responsibility.

Manipulative Work:
Activities that involve sorting, stacking, and building enhance fine motor development and cognitive skills.

The Nurturing Environment

The Toddler Program’s environment is carefully prepared to support the holistic development of young children. Key aspects include:

Safety and Comfort:
The space is designed to be safe and comfortable, with child-sized furniture and easily accessible materials.

Engaging Materials:
A variety of engaging materials are provided to stimulate learning and exploration.

Responsive Care:
Caregivers are responsive to the individual needs and interests of each child, providing personalized attention and support.

Inclusivity and Respect:
The environment reflects a diversity of cultures and languages, promoting inclusivity and respect for different backgrounds.

By focusing on these key components, the Toddler Program supports children in developing the foundational skills necessary for future learning and success. The program fosters a love of learning, independence, and social skills, preparing children for the next stages of their developmental journey, particularly the transition to the Casa Program where they will become more focused and engaged learners.