Children in this stage of development begin to play with their peers. Classroom space and materials are organized to support the older toddler's increased need for independence in making simple decisions, engaging in pretend play, and playing cooperatively with others.
Toddlers are supported in their self-help skills and encouraged to help with daily routines to foster their self-esteem. Activities provide opportunities to practice skills, increase vocabulary, promote listening, language and problem solving skills. Indoor and outdoor activities focus on helping toddlers strengthen their fine and gross motor skills.