Supporting Two-Year-Olds

Many settings across Highland now provide funded places for two-year-olds and for some, this brings new opportunities as well as challenges. Changes in the development between a child who has just reached their second birthday and a child who has almost reached their third birthday are vast and this development doesn’t happen by chance.  It is more likely to happen when children are being supported by responsive, nurturing adults who are skilled at meeting their needs. However, age alone is not the predetermining factor in children’s development. Each child will progress in their own way and at their own rate as there are no set rules for when a child stops being a baby and starts being a toddler or a slightly older child.

Realising the Ambition encourages all practitioners to develop a much wider understanding of child development and provides help in working with children as they progress through different stages of development. There are certain characteristics that are likely to be shared by children of similar ages. Understanding this can help in providing experiences opportunities and interactions which are broadly appropriate. Realising the Ambition helps us to think of children in terms of being a baby, toddler or young child.

This resource is designed to support everyone working with two-year-olds, with settings taking stage of development as well as age into consideration in order to meet children’s individual needs.  It provides practical advice and information covering a range of topics as well as guidance on areas such as recording learning and identifying and meeting children’s needs.  Click on each topic to find out more.

How to meet my needs…

How to record my learning…

What I need from my environment…

What my behaviour is telling you…

How to engage my family in my learning…

How to help me be independent at snack…