Your child is now a toddler, they like to do things in their own way, in their own time so it’s important they have a safe environment to learn, play and explore in. Their concentration is better so they are better listeners and will happily play for longer. Day by day they’re open to new challenges and can seem more independent, but don’t be fooled – you can’t take your eyes off them for a second!!
The following information has been sourced from the Early Years Learning Framework Developmental Milestones booklet, developed by Community Child Care Co-operative Ltd NSW (CCCC) for the Department of Education.
Encourage your toddler to ask questions and face new challenges e.g. what’s the right way to go down the stairs – walk through each problem with them
Help your toddler to experiment with everyday things e.g. show and explain why some things float in the bath and others sink
Do simple experiments together like making play dough, blowing bubbles and looking at insects
Talk with them about the technology and objects we use each day and how it helps us to live e.g. cups, pencils, TVs and computers
Explore the outdoors together and talk about how things change during the day or over the year e.g. the weather or the seasons
Pull things apart and put them back together again (e.g. a toy) and discuss what each part does
Please seek advice from your local community health worker or doctor if your toddler is: