The Toddler’s Den Early Childhood Curriculum defines an integrated approach to teaching and learning for children of ages 9 months to 6 years. The purpose of the program is to establish a strong foundation for learning in the early years, and to do so in a safe, caring, play-based, and academically enriching environment.
Our pedagogical philosophy is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, the Montessori Method, and the Creative Curriculum. Our whole child development framework is defined around 4 guiding principles and focuses on the development of 8 key foundational skills in children.
We believe that children learn best when they can inquire into areas of their interest through meaningful interactions with adults and peers. Engaging young children through play-based inquiry helps create a natural love for learning in them. At Toddler’s Den, educators embed opportunities for learning through play - indoors and outdoors, through structured and unstructured play. Play helps children build strong communication skills, self regulation, social skills, persistence, creativity and problem-solving skills.
They are more so important in today’s world that is driven by collaboration, communication, science and technology. At Toddler’s Den, we have moved away from worksheets and other methods involving rote learning for developing these skills. Instead our literacy and math programs are integrated in all aspects of a child’s time in the school, all throughout the day. We have dedicated Math and Literacy time in the day for problem-solving and math-based inquiry and developing phonics, reading and speaking skills.
Therefore educators at Toddler’s Den constantly strive towards encouraging children to express, share, and perform their understanding. They document information about children’s learning through notes, photos, video and voice recordings, and interactions with children. Educators put together Learning Stories, which are rich records of children and their understandings, as observed by educators, throughout the school time.Our learning ecosystem comprises an educator portal and app through which snapshots of learning journeys are created by educators and parents are able to access them through the family app.
It is the role of the educator to facilitate positive relationships between the adults and children involved in the classroom. Our educators focus on creating supportive social structures that underlie every interaction and learning experience at Toddler’s Den. These supportive social structures reduce problem behavior and create conditions for competent behavior in children.