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Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers

It is in the first weeks and months of life that the foundations for later learning are laid down. Or are not. (zero to three, 1992)

Preparing children for school requires two equally important set of skills - the social emotional skills necessary to communicate, cooperate, and cope with challenges and the cognitive skills that provide children with specific subject based knowledge ( letters and numbers). The foundation for both sets of skills lies in the first five years of life.

Infants and toddlers need early learning experiences to foster their intellectual, social and emotional development and lay the foundation for later school success. All child care arrangements are expected to have the potential to provide high quality, individualized, responsive and stimulating experiences that occur within the context of strong relationships embeded in every day routines.

1. Social and Emotional Skills that Support School Readiness:

Skills that enable children to learn and be successful in school and in life include:

Confidence: Sense that one is likely to succeed than not, and that adults will be helpful;

Curiosity:Approaching new challenges with the belief that finding out about things is positive, rewarding and leads to pleasure;

Intentionality: Being persistent in carrying out a task, wanting to have an impact;

Self Control:Controlling one's own actions in age appropriate ways, building and demonstrating inner control;

Relatedness:Having a sense of belonging, a desire to engage others with the expectation based on experience that one can understand and be understood, having empathy;‚Äč

Communication:Having the desire to be understood, to exchange feelings, needs, ideas and interests with others;

Cooperativeness:Developing the desire and ability to balance one's own needs with those of others, having the sense that others are resoures and that working together is pleasurable and productive.


2. Approaches to Learning:

Initiative and Curiosity, Engagement and Persistence, Reasoning and Problem Solving


3. Language:

Listening & Understanding, Speaking & Communicating


4. Literacy:

Phonological Awareness, Book Knowledge & Appreciation,

Print Awareness & Concepts, Early Writing, Alphabet Knowledge


5. Mathematics:

Number and Operations, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Patterns and Measurement


6. Science:

Scientific Skills and Methods, Scientific Knowledge


7. Creative Arts:

Music, Art, Movement, Dramatic Play


8. Health and Physical Development:

Gross Motor Skills, Fine Motor Skills, Health Status and Practices