Encouraging Your One Year Old’s Curiosity

Our Day Early Learning program for one-year-olds provides fun learning experiences that encourage your young toddler to explore their environment and interact with peers and teachers. Children in the one-year-old classroom are introduced to different types of learning experiences based on their individual developmental needs and interests.

Curriculum for One-Year-Olds

All Day Early Learning toddler classrooms utilize The Creative Curriculum, a research-based early child care and education curriculum. Children between the ages of one and two years old learn at a rapid rate. So, as your child grows, the curriculum does too.

Each classroom has an individualized lesson plan posted every week. Each activity on the lesson plan is purposeful and planned intentionally for each child in that classroom.

To help develop language and literacy skills, teachers:

  • Share songs and finger-plays with rhyme and repetition.
  • Use self-talk throughout the day to boost vocabulary and model language skills. For example, “I’m going to wash my hands. I’ll be right back.”
  • Read books and tell stories about pictures throughout the day, as well as create opportunities for children to explore books independently.
  • Provide opportunities for children to explore drawing, writing and painting as a way of communicating.

To introduce early math concepts, teachers:

  • Provide experiences that allow children to begin to understand the concepts of more and less.
  • Create opportunities for children to match simple shapes with real objects. For example, “Yes, a bagel is a circle. Do you see anything else around the room that is a circle?”
  • Provide a consistent daily schedule, which allows children to know what comes next.

To introduce science concepts, teachers:

  • Provide opportunities to explore their environment, both inside and out, and model using the tools necessary for exploration.
  • Create opportunities for children to investigate and experience nature and different types of weather.
  • Provide labels to different living things children see, including animals as well as children’s own body parts, helping children learn the vocabulary for each of these.

To establish strong social-emotional skills, teachers:

  • Create opportunities for children to experiment with different approaches to solve simple problems and conflicts by providing them with the words to say
  • Model comforting behaviors, and labeling children’s emotions for all to hear. For example, “Susie is crying she must be feeling sad, so I’m going to go ask if she would like a hug.”
  • Provide peer experiences where children have many opportunities to interact with one another throughout the day.

To boost physical growth, teachers:

  • Create opportunities both inside the classroom and outside for children to practice movement skills.
  • Provide experiences that allow children to further develop coordination and balance.
  • Encourage fine motor development by encouraging children to use their hands and fingers in classroom activities, as well as during meal times.

One-Year-Old Learning Environments

Our one-year-old classroom environments are carefully created with developmentally appropriate learning centers and materials. In the toddler classroom, you will find blocks, puzzles, art supplies, dramatic play equipment, sensory tables, a library and more.

Toddlers have the freedom to choose what activities they are interested in. Teachers guide and support their learning throughout those activities, helping them learn new skills and encouraging them to try new experiences.

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Your Toddler’s Teachers

At Day Early Learning, we believe that the foundation to a lifelong love of learning for a child begins with a nurturing relationship with their teachers. Toddler teachers are trained in responsive caregiving. That means they work to build a trusting relationship with each child, provide individualized care to each child, and develop partnerships with families. All toddlers experience a responsive, sensitive caregiving environment.

Qualifications & Education

Day Early Learning teachers are education professionals with either a bachelor’s or associates degree in early childhood education or have or are working towards the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Because lifelong learning is central to our work, teachers continue their education through regular trainings. Additionally,  Day Early Learning Quality Coaches work with each teacher in individual classrooms to enhance teaching skills. All teachers undergo a screening and background check prior to employment.

Assessing Toddler Development

At Day Early Learning, we believe in the importance of regularly assessing each child’s growth and development. That practice allows us  to tailor our lessons and activities to the needs of each individual child. All Day Early Learning centers use several methods to assess each child’s growth and development including weekly observations, an annual Ages and Stages Questionnaire and the ISTAR-KR assessment.

Each week, you will receive written observations of your child’s development on LifeCubby. These observations are used to help teachers create meaningful lesson plans that will ignite curiosity in your child and help us monitor your child’s growth and learning on a daily basis.


When parents enroll in our program and each time your child transitions to a new classroom, teachers and parents complete the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). This tool allows us to help you track your child’s progress in language, problem solving, fine and gross motor, and social-emotional  development. It also helps us ensure the right materials and supports are being used to help your child reach the next stage of their development.


In the fall, winter, and spring our teachers complete an overall assessment on your child’s progress using a tool from the Indiana Department of Education called ISTAR-KR (KR=kindergarten readiness). This assessment is aligned to the Indiana kindergarten standards in the areas of English/Language Arts and Mathematics.

Classroom & Staff Assessments

In addition to measuring children’s growth, our learning environments and teaching staff are regularly assessed using classroom observation tools to ensure the highest level of teacher-child interactions. This is important because high-quality environments and teacher-child interactions encourage and promote children’s language, math, vocabulary and social skills.

Stories about Toddlers

  • He is so social and fun. I think being at school has helped him in many ways including vocabulary, social skills, sign language, etc.

  • It’s amazing how much my child has grown while in the one-year-old class, and I attribute a lot of that to his time in his classroom. He’s been putting sentences together and understands so much. Also, the social skills he’s developed at school really stand out to me when we’re out with other children the same age who are in a different child care setting.

Get Started

Interested in getting started at Day Early Learning? The process begins by completing the form below. Your information will be used to contact you about available openings at our centers, tours and other information.

We have immediate openings for 4-5-year-olds at select Day Early Learning locations.


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