A child’s first two years are critical for the development of the brain and for language development. Our toddlers' program is designed to meet the needs of children from 15 months to 2 years old.
From birth, babies are busy, active learners, immediately investigating the sights, sounds, and feel of the world. Babies and toddlers are sensorimotor beings. They explore the world with their senses when developing motor skills. Long before they understand a concept like "under" or "far" with their minds, their bodies are learning to navigate the up and down, over and under of the physical world: their perceptions are sorting out sizes, colors, and shapes.
At LaughNLearn we provide learners with what they need: a safe world, rich with opportunities to actively explore, with books, songs, and a lot of listening and responding to their vocalizations and words.
A child’s second year is a time of huge change: the experience is similar to adolescence in that it is transitional. In the same way that adolescence stands between childhood and adulthood, two-year-olds are moving from the total dependence of babyhood to the more independent, mobile world of preschoolers. At this age, children are exploring their powers to communicate, move purposely, assert their independence and individuality, and control their important bodily functions.
At Laugh N' Learn we provide the manageable challenges and relaxed environment that two to three-year-olds need. Staff understand the frequent changes in moods, interests, and capabilities and provide calm, consistent care and supportive teaching.
As children move into the independence of the preschool years the program for learning develops into a more structured pace of meaningful and purposeful learning, where children are encouraged to approach the world with curiosity and with a positive disposition to learn. At this stage, children need confidence and the skills and desire to think for themselves, to solve problems, to work with others, to communicate, and to gain an increasing understanding of the world and how it works. The Laugh N' Learn program for learning is designed to lay the pedagogical foundations that prepare every child to:
Our unique Laugh N' Learn preschool activities focus on the Core Areas; Laugh N' Learn Readers, Laugh N' Learn Writers, and Laugh N' Learn Mathematicians, all designed to help provide children with a love of learning and prepare them for school. Following the Early Years Foundation our LaughNLearn Readers, Writers and Mathematicians bring these documents alive, translating learning and development standards into meaningful and purposeful activities and experiences.
“Play is the work of the child” Maria Montessori and the Essence of Learning!
We know children learn best through their play, which is why we ensure children are provided with activities that engage and excite them. Staff skilfully interweave learning outcomes into activities using actions, experiences, words, and open-ended questions to stretch and challenge children. Natural interest and curiosity are used as a springboard to their development in all areas such as problem-solving, memory, and the processing of information.
We recognize each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interactions. As children grow older, and as their development allows, there will be more activities led by adults, to help children prepare for learning that is more formal and their transition to school.
Laugh N' Learn's programs will include:
We foster a culture of respect that values differences. Our environment is set up to identify individual’s special needs. When required, we liaise with other professionals to provide the required support, so that the child and their family can achieve their goals. If we cannot meet the family’s goals, we will do our best to facilitate another solution. Consult with our Curriculum Director who specializes in Applied Behavioural Analysis and children with special needs.