A unique early childhood program known as the Parent Toddler Program is offered here at Southside.
Once a child begins to walk until they are 3 years of age, they are able to join Southside’s Parent Toddler Program. Each child, accompanied by one parent or carer, attends one or more sessions each week in our specifically prepared ‘Bumblebees’ classroom.
The room contains toddler-sized furniture and activities that match the children’s physical proportions and developmental needs. Children use the materials with minimum adult assistance. The program is designed to facilitate the child’s growing independence, self-esteem, confidence and concentration span.
The range of activities includes:
- care of self
- care of the environment
- food preparation
- refining the five senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell
- hand-eye coordination
- language enrichment
- art & craft
- gross and fine motor movement
- social relationships
By observing the children, parents gain an understanding of the importance of allowing their children to complete and repeat tasks without interruption. Parents learn how they can support this continued growth in the home environment.
The Parent Toddler Program is held from 9.00am–11.00am each weekday. Parents and carers have the option of attending one or more session each week with their child.