Let’s turn the “Terrible Twos” into “Stimulating Twos”
“We must let the child walk and notice how he walks. His legs are short in comparison to ours and therefore he walks more slowly. Not only this, but the child explores the environment”. – Maria Montessori
Shanti Juniors exclusively launches “Todd Care”, an Early Learning program.
This program is introduced to deal with the development and provide stimulation
to the children in their initial formative years. The program focuses on six
major domains of holistic development ie: Language development, Cognitive
development, Socio- Emotional Development, Fine motor development, Gross
motor development, Creative Development.
“Todd Care” aims to provide stimulating sensory environment and activities to the toddlers. The program is aimed to develop their multiple skills of with several age appropriate aids, toys and engaging activities to stimulate their overall development. It also involves parents in the growth and development of their little geniuses.
A. 1 Todd care is an overall development stimulation program for toddlers.
A. 2 Toddlerhood is a period of especially rapid growth and development. Toddlers are learning several skills, including gross motor skills like walking and running, language development and toilet training. The age group of toddler is usually 2-3 years.
A. 3 Todd Care Program aims to stimulate holistic development of toddlers with sensorial activities using age appropriate aids and toys in a child-friendly learning environment.
A. 4 Todd Care is a 5 days a week program for 2 hours 30 minutes at all our ‘Shanti Juniors’ Preschools.
A. 5 Todd Care facilitators manage around 10 toddlers in a session along with an attendant to help them with toilet, cleaning and snack providing schedules.
A. 6 This program is focused on educating and enriching parents about nurturing their child with developmentally appropriate practices and stimulating their development in the early years at home with scientific guidance.
Parents will be provided regular workshops and educational seminars to equip them with information about healthy parenting practices adapted worldwide.
Parents will be involved in day to day routine activities of the Todd Care program.
A. 7 Trained facilitators will conduct the Todd Care sessions daily (5 days a week) at all our ‘Shanti Juniors’ Preschools.
A. 8 Todd Care is a togetherness program for toddlers and parents. Both are involved and the facilitator will enhance their interaction with stimulating activities. Some highlights of the program are as below:
A stimulating and child friendly learning environment with charts, pictures and colorful displays.
Age appropriate toys and learning aids to foster sensorial development.
Comfortable, safe, clean and spacious indoor and outdoor facilities for toddlers.
Sensorial activities to stimulate 5 senses of toddlers with stories, songs, musical instruments, toys, picture books to touch feel and explore and art work
A. 9 We have snack time table which suggests food groups that can be used to prepare recipes for toddlers. We recommend that toddlers relish the nutritious (as per food groups of snack table) recipes prepared by their parents and family members.
However, for working mothers some of our ‘Shanti Juniors’ centers provide snacks from schools as per our snack table. You will need to contact your nearest ‘Shanti Juniors’ center to know about this facility.
A. 10 Technology is an indispensable part of our lives but it is also important to keep our toddlers positively attached to the digital world. We have a digital app for recapitulation of concepts called Juniors App Learn. It is a customized digital content completely synced with the Shanti Juniors curriculum. We have also tried to make digital interaction meaningful hence introduced them to digital content like rhymes/ song videos, phonics and age appropriate short films as part of audio-visual sessions. These sessions may be no longer than 10 -15 minutes in a span of 2 days.
A. 11 Books with age appropriate content are very important for every age. For Todd Care, the idea is stimulating their senses with books that lead to cognitive and language development.
We provide a set of picture books for the Todd Care program to enhance parent-child interaction. These picture books are designed with big pictures and realistic images to help a parent talk to the child using it to foster development in their own loving and cozy arms.
Stationery like thick brushes, thick crayons and lots of paper to crush and crumple, paint and scribble are provided to stimulate their tactile senses and enhance their exploration. Stationery is however provided once the toddlers are settled and they themselves pick up such objects during our free play sessions.
A. 12 Toys are attractive and interactive. We also have Montessori equipment to develop their multiple senses. Carefully selected and age appropriate toys are provided along with outdoor equipment like non-pedal bikes and cars to foster their big and small muscle development.
A. 13 Todd Care is a program to stimulate development. There will be an assessment of growth and development in terms of height and weight only. The progress of development in toddler skills will be seen by the parents who are involved personally and also by their families, the same will be verbally communicated by the facilitators of the program as well.
NO ASSESSMENT of activities. Assessment brings in pressure of delivery and raises expectations from the parents. The aim of the program is to provide lots of activities to foster holistic development and involve parents in the up-bringing of their toddlers.
A. 14 Some of our ‘Shanti Juniors’ do provide transportation facilities which are subject to separate fees.