Prometheus Plan of Learning for Toddlers

Our youngest learners need to feel safe and supported so they can learn with their whole body and all of their senses. In the infant and toddler program at Prometheus,

  • Teacher’s focus is on developing supportive, trusting relationships
  • Create rich environments that encourage very young children to
  • Explore and discover the world around them
  • Help them to engage in experiences designed to support their holistic development.
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At Prometheus, we value and respect parents as their children’s first teachers. That’s why we encourage teachers to partner with parents in learning everything they can about their infants and toddlers personalize their needs and plan for their development.

As a result, our programs create a strong three-way bond between child, parent, and teacher.

Interaction between adults and children

  • Nurturing, responsive teachers who scaffold the individual needs and temperament of every toddler in their care.
  • Key strategies for adult-child interactions are
    • Touching, holding, playing alongside infants and toddlers at their level and pace
    • Communicating with them verbally and nonverbally
    • Respecting children’s choices and encouraging their effort
    • Acknowledging children’s strong emotions: positive and negative
    • Involving toddlers in resolving conflicts
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Active learning

It’s the foundation where young children gain knowledge through their natural play and interaction with the environment, events, and other people. It is inspired by Reggio and Montessori.

Learning Environment

The physical space in class is safe, flexible, and child oriented to provide comfort and accommodate the changing developmental needs and interests of the learners. The space is organized into self-play areas, stocked with a variety of sensory-motor materials that toddlers can reach, explore, and play with in their own way at their own pace, exercise creativity, and solve problems.

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Schedules and Routines

A consistent flexible routine that accommodates individual children’s natural rhythm and temperament, that gives toddlers a sense of security and stability. Each routine is built around daily events and caregiving routines: such as use of washrooms, proper hand washing routines, independent eating, playing and putting away equipment.

Assessments

Ongoing child assessment is an underlying component of good educational practices as that determines the next step. Objective observations of children allow teachers to plan with an intention to build on individuals. They focus on development by supporting what children know while gently extending their learning.