Older Toddlers

Older Toddlers Unit



In our older toddler unit, we have fun and play while we work on the children’s self-sufficiency. Older toddlers learn to put on and take off their own coat, put on their own shoes, clean up their eating area as well as dress themselves. We also are working on potty training where the children learn to pull down their own pants and take off their own wet diaper before being given the option of sitting on the potty. Importantly, potty training is very much a child – driven accomplishment. There is no time when it starts or ends. The teachers are here to support older toddlers as well as the family during this learning adventure.

Our curriculum is based on Creative Curriculum which is a framework for setting individual goals for the children, setting up a learning plan, implementing the plan, and then using observations to assess how well the children are progressing. Our goals are based around helping the children to become the best they can be.

We focus on developing:

    • Physical skills: large motor skills like walking, running, and jumping as well as small motor skills like zipping zippers, using forks and spoons, or drawing with a marker

    • Social–emotional skills: how to be a good friend and how to use our words to convey what we want

    • Cognitive skills: understanding the world and developing positive approaches to learning

    • Literacy skills: learning about letters, words, and books

    • Math skills: learning about numbers and counting


Our ultimate goal is to help the children to become confident about themselves so when they get to school, they are ready to learn.


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Jaden, Older Toddlers Support Teacher


Hello! My name is Jaden Delaney and I have worked at The Learning Gardens since the summer of 2018. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in 2017 with my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Through my degree, I have worked with children in a wide variety of age groups. I have worked with preschool, Head Start, primary grades (Kindergarten – 3rd grade), infants and toddlers as well as Birth to Three. I love working with children because it always amazes me when a child is working really hard on a concept and they finally are able to do or understand that concept.  To see their pure joy and excitement of learning makes my heart melt over and over.  I live on the Northside of Madison with my husband, Ien. Although we don’t have any pets or children right now, we hope that in the future we shall be able to grow as a family. We recently just bought our first house and are looking forward to getting a dog. In my free time, I love to read, take hikes, go swimming, and play games. One thing I like to disclose to all the families I work with is that in the summer of 2017, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I like to disclose this information because, somedays, it does affect my capabilities on a day-to-day basis.