Under the sea1 - 2 years
A safe and stimulating environment, with age-appropriate resources is vital for children to develop curiosity, coordination and physical abilities. At this stage children can start to learn the beginnings of self-control and how to relate to other people. Children are encouraged to develop their social and cognitive skills by people to whom they have a positive attachment.
Using their developing communication skills, children are more able to express their needs and feelings and begin to develop a sense of self. Alongside non-verbal communication children learn a few simple words for everyday things and people. With encouragement and plenty of interaction with adults, children’s communication skills grow and their vocabulary expands very rapidly during this stage.
Exploration and simple self-help will build self-confidence.
Children are also learning about boundaries and how to handle frustration. Here, the children learn to become slightly more independent and have the choice of a wide range of activities such as painting, play dough and water. Play with toys that come apart and fit together encourages problem solving and simple planning. Imaginative play helps children to learn about a range of possibilities. Adults are an important source of security, comfort and encouragement.