Caregivers provide activities and opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, and problem solving appropriate to the developmental levels and learning styles of each child. Infants and toddlers are encouraged to play independently. Cognitive growth is stimulated by encouragement of motor skills and positive social interactions.
A rich, safe, uncluttered environment, where a supply of toys is rotated is designed to offer infants and toddlers the opportunity to discover for themselves the world around them. Infants and toddlers are observed as they work through discovery processes. They are allowed to seek out activities that are safe and ones in which they are interested in. Materials and toys are offered, especially everyday household materials, to encourage children to continue their discoveries and independent learning.
Infants and toddlers are encouraged to feel, hear, touch, and see. Open-ended materials for experimentation are offered to encourage children to name things and compare and contrast objects. Uninterrupted play is offered with basic routines initiated only for mealtimes, diaper changing, naptimes etc.
Older toddlers (twos) are placed in a more structured environment. Independent and self-discovery are still the major portion of the activities or program. However, more group and social play is encouraged. Teacher-directed activities to stimulate language development, small/large muscles coordination, creative concepts and skills are initiated in short-termed activities, or integrated into play situations.