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To maintain a safe environment for toddlers can be quite a challenge. They think they can do most anything at this age. I make sure that their toys are developmentally appropriate and encourage their curiosity. AdChoices | |

Toddlers require constant supervision to ensure complete safety.

To maintain a healthy environment, as with all ages, I make sure the area is sanitized daily. I assist them with washing their hands before and after each meal, after playing outside and after using the bathroom. I also make sure they have healthy foods, drinks and snacks throughout the day.

Toddlers have a very short attention span, so they need to have numerous activities available to them. They learn by example, so I talk to them using please and thank you. Playing games is crucial for the development of coordination, balance and gross motor skills. I do this on a daily basis. We sing songs, read books and talk about shapes, colors, numbers and letters.

Competency Goal #2 - Physical & Intellectual Competence:

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To advance physical and intellectual competence...

It is essential to the growth and development of every child to advance their physical and intellectual needs. There are numerous ways to encourage this type of development. I offer a variety of activities that AdChoices | |

promote the advancement of the physical and intellectual competence of the children in my care. The following are a few examples:

INFANTS:

I often play "This Little Piggy" with them. This simple game helps them to develop muscle groups, a sense of movement and rhythm and encourages interaction with their caregiver. I ensure that they have the opportunity to explore their environment with both floor time and outside time. This helps them develop their large

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