The transition from infancy to becoming a toddler is one of great change. Babies become toddlers as they learn to walk, and their universe has its own big bang. Toddlers are much more an agent in their day than an infant, and with that comes their opportunity for taking risks. Our approach with children in this period of life is to create an environment that allows for and encourages active movement, tenderly harnessed by warmth and caring. Responsive, attuned and available adults are crucial at this time. Adults help children come to know themselves, how to take a healthy risk, and how to get comfort when needed. This is the basis of our approach in the Toddler classroom. We design opportunities for emotional play, perceptual play and sensory experiences, surrounded by nurturing, supportive warmth. We plan a day based on what we know will typically be interesting to and appropriate for our explorers. We choose specific books and learning topics, e.g, strawberries, as we notice an interest from our students. Our curriculum piece emerges as we get to know your children. Our foundation of a predictable daily routine, a balance of experiences, and a reflective practice with children, are simultaneously structured and yet flexible.

Classroom Environment 

Our toddler classrooms provide an environment of explorations for our students. Our teachers work to foster skills like listening, learning how to treat one another, problem solving techniques and manners. They also foster skills like pushing and pulling, sorting objects by color and size and stacking objects. The curriculum reinforces these age-appropriate developments through songs, finger plays, short stories, center time, outdoor time, and circle time.

The Toddler room at EduPlay Discovery Center is a busy, happy place full of activities designed to encourage independence and learning.  The day is full of hands-on activities that encourage discovery play and language building skills within the toddler’s day.  The toddlers are free to learn through experience and socialization. Our curriculum supports this by allowing our teachers to vary activities to follow the children’s interests. They enjoy large and small motor activities, dramatic play and diverse sensory activities. A variety of unique and creative activities are promoted to create recognition of colors, shapes and numbers.


  • Walks alone (12-26 mo.)

  • Pulls toys behind him while walking (13-16 mo.)

  • Carries large toys or several toys while walking (12-15 mo.)

  • Begins to run stiffly (16-18 mo.) Walks into ball (18-24 mo.)

  • Climbs onto and down from furniture unsupported (16-24 mo.)


  • Imitates behavior of others (18-24 mo.)

  • Increasingly enthusiastic about other children (20-24 mo.)

  • Demonstrates increasing independence (18-24 mo.)

  • Begins to show defiant behavior (18-24 mo.)


  • Points to object or picture when it is named for him (18-24 mo.)

  • Recognizes names of people/objects/body parts (18-24 mo.)

  • Says several single words (15-18 mo.)

  • Follows simple one-step instructions (14-18 mo.)

Wadd lers

Eduplay Discovery Center's Waddler program respects each child’s emerging sense of self and growing need for independence. We nurture your Waddler’s next steps forward, while encouraging social and intellectual growth and development.

Age of the Explorers 

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