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Toddler and Teacher at KinderCare

Toddler Daycare and Early Education for 1-2 year olds

Toddlers—Always On the Move

When your child is all over the place, they're discovering their world. Toddlers learn best in safe, loving places where they can explore, in their own way. The activities for this age group are built around toddlers' limitless curiosity and their natural desire to push boundaries.

Inside Your Toddler's Day

During their time with us your child will learn to count, discover writing and  music, and start building toward following simple instructions, writing, and the potty. 

Purposeful Play Is Early Education

Each day is packed with carefully designed activities structured around the six main development areas. Here are a few example activities:


Homes for Animals

The children will create homes and habitats for toy animals


All about Animals

Children will learn more about animals through books, songs, and storytelling.


Neighborhood Construction

The children will construct and talk about some of the familiar spaces and places in their communities.

Creative Arts

Car Tracks

Children will use toy vehicles and different art mediums to create wheel-track designs and patterns.

Dramatic Play

In the Garden

Children will pretend to be gardeners using toy garden tools, props, flowers, and plants.

Science and Sensory

Digging in the Dirt

Children will use garden tools to dig in soil and use their senses to explore seeds, plants, and flowers.

Your Toddler's Developmental Areas

Language and Literacy Development

  • use one or two words to label objects and express needs and wants
  • build an understanding of words through interactions including reading books
  • imitate reading behaviors like turning pages and babbling while looking at pictures
  • explore writing with scribbles on paper

Executive Function

  • remember the location of objects like a specific toy
  • follow simple rules some of the time.
  • watch and imitate how others use objects or complete tasks
  • control impulses some of the time

Social and Emotional Development

  • show increased interest in interacting with familiar adults
  • show increased interest in interacting with other children
  • manage emotions independently or with the help of a familiar adult
  • notice when other children are upset and try to help them feel better

Physical Development and Wellness

  • learn to walk and start to run
  • play games that develop throwing and kicking skills
  • show an increasing ability to control their hands
  • start to communicate at mealtime using simple words

Cognitive Development

  • show interest in counting and start to identify one, two, or three objects
  • learn words like up and down and differences in size and volume
  • sort and classify objects like helping a teacher make piles of different colored toys
  • explore cause and effect by discovering new ways to play with toys

Creative Expression

  • create art using materials like crayons and clay
  • move creatively with other kids to learn body awareness and build social skills
  • enter the world of make believe with simple props like toy phones and puppets
  • interact with music through games and simple songs