These are new borns to 12 months babies and they use their senses to learn and respond to the new world around them. They start to show early signs of communication through gazes, smiles and noises and their muscles strengthen enabling them to support their body.
At The Cradle, we engage in loads of interaction, visual stimulation, talking; activities that are fascinating for any baby and will enhance their knowledge. Eye contact when talking, singing and feeding the baby strengthens the bond between the baby and their nanny and promotes feelings of stability, security and comfort.
We focus on growing their physical, spiritual and cognitive skills in this period as part of our curriculum
These are toddlers aged between 13- 24 months and have gained a better understanding of their surroundings and of their bodies. They are more independent as a result of their growth in confidence and stability. They are getting used to routines and object permanence too.
At the Cradle, we engage in activities that grow their gross motor skills to keep strengthening their larger muscles, and fine motor skills to grow the smaller ones. Their character starts to form in this period and we introduce the character section of the curriculum in addition to the physical, spiritual and cognitive skills. The curriculum uses songs, books and visuals to stimulate language development.
At this age, many toddlers’ vocabulary is growing bigger with words being linked together to make longer sentences. Their gross motor skills continue to develop through more complicated play including swimming, jumping, climbing and playing with others; sharing and taking turns is challenging and some children prefer independent or parallel play.
They start school in a few months, and our curriculum is focused on preparing them for this next phase of their lives; more emphasis is put on the cognitive component of our curriculum and is done in fun ways; songs, art and craft, imaginative play, etc as they get bored and distracted easily.
Children in this age group grow physically stronger and so does their sense of adventure and desire to explore. Their language further develops and their first words become clear and start to take shape.
However, due to their limited communication skills and an inability to express themselves, throwing tantrums is the only way to communicate decisions for themselves in their new found independence. At this age, the character and spiritual components of our curriculum take a centre stage at this time of their lives.