At Cranley House and Ashgrove House we have early childhood qualified educators responsible for the care and education of toddlers 18 months up to 3 years.

The Toddler Program aims to develop the whole child in a nurturing environment and seeks to engage them in learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate and in partnership with family.

The educators are guided by the national curriculum “The Early Years Learning Framework” and by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, to plan and implement the program.

The program is based on observations of each child and follows their development and emerging interests.  The program is informed by current research that tells that children learn best through play, and by actively using their senses together with their peers.


We know that children already have an inherent desire to learn, therefore the educators’ role is to intentionally provide support, guidance and inspiration to further develop their learning. Opportunities to learn through play is an integral part of the Toddler Program.  This “play based” approach encourages toddlers to inquire, experiment and problem solve, in other words, to be curious and active researchers about their world.


As the children move closer to 3years they are supported to transition into the ELC program.  This involves visits to the ELC space and time spent with the ELC educators


Some of the learning that may happen in the Toddler Program are:

  • Creativity – art, drama, dance, music and movement.

  • Communication – STEM – science, technology, English and maths.

  • Health and Wellbeing – cooking, gardening, sustainability, nature and physical play.

  • Community and socialisation- opportunities to practice social skill such as sharing, turn taking, and group work.

All experiences in the Toddler Program are intended to lay the foundation for life long learning.