Toddlers

Children in our Toddler age groups are gaining a deeper understanding of the world and are developing the skills to exercise independence and self-help skills.

Educators support them to develop positive relationships to assist in building their self-esteem and confidence and the emotional support required for sensitivity, self-control and empathy whilst developing positive relationships with their peers.   Educators use routine times of washing hands, nappy changing, toileting, dressing and eating to interact with your child on a one on one level, guiding and responding to your child’s needs. Children are given many opportunities throughout the day to develop language through the use of songs, rhymes, finger play, sharing books and stories as well as conversations and discussion.  Planned and spontaneous experiences are offered where your child’s ideas, interests, needs and abilities are taken into account. The experiences provided to your child will foster curiosity, imagination and invite them to explore and investigate their surroundings.

Our Menu

Children are provided with a well-balanced, nutritious menu based on the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

The daily menu includes breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and late afternoon tea and meals are provided on a flexible schedule to suit the needs of children. The menu is clearly displayed throughout the Centre and our educators will record each child’s food intake during the day which is available for parents in your child’s room. Chatterbox endeavours to provide a range of options to cater for children with special dietary requirements whenever possible. We also ensure that water is readily available to children throughout the day.

Rest and Sleep

“Rest” is defined as a period of inactivity, solitude, calmness or tranquillity and can include a child being asleep. Children will be offered the opportunity to rest for periods appropriate to their age and stage of development. If your child sleeps, the time they fall asleep and wake will be recorded for your information.

Toileting

Chatterbox recognises that children need adults to help them manage their toileting needs. Educators will discuss the individual toileting requirements of each child with their family and incorporate these into daily life at the Centre. Chatterbox supplies disposable nappies for children who are not yet toilet trained and this is included in the daily fee.

What to Bring

At Chatterbox we try to make life as simple as possible for our busy families. We therefore supply most daily requirements for each child, including food, bed/cot sheets and sunscreen.  All families need to pack is a water bottle, a change of clothes and a hat each day for your child.

What not to bring

Please also ensure that items that could be a risk to children are not left in your child’s bag. These items include plastic bags, safety pins, food items, medications, rubber bands, hair clips, sharp items or toys with button batteries.  While all care is taken with children’s belongings, it is not always possible to guarantee their safety so we ask that all toys and possessions of value remain at home.

For further information on caring for your child, contact us today.