About the program

At Bright Beginnings, we’re proud to have the opportunity to take care of your little one from as early as 12 months. See below for links to important information.

Developmental Stages

12 TO 18 MONTHS

We are Starting to Notice Others

We…

  • are too young to share.
  • like to be around other children.
  • imitate other children and adults.
  • like our days to be the same (routine).

We are Busy Getting Into Things

We…

  • drop and throw.
  • stack, knock down, put in, and dump out.
  • pull and push toys.
  • turn knobs and push buttons.
  • walk.
  • scribble.

We are “On the Go”

We…

  • like to hear and make familiar sounds.
  • enjoy rhymes and finger-plays.
  • point to objects and pictures you name.
  • say first words.
  • like to have favorite stories read over and over again.

We are Learning to Feed Ourselves

We…

  • are still very messy but eat table foods.
  • drink from a cup .
  • use a spoon.

18 TO 24 MONTHS

We aren’t Babies Anymore

We…

  • like you to talk to us.
  • like to be read to.
  • still need naps.
  • climb on furniture and stairs.
  • pick up little things with our fingers.
  • feed ourselves.

We Want to Be in Control

We…

  • do things by ourselves.
  • “do our own thing” while playing next to each other.
  • like to be given choices. (“Do you want to wear your red or blue pajamas?”)
  • like to know what to expect (routine).

We Like to Talk

We…

  • like to hear ourselves jabber.
  • tell you what we want.
  • say our name.
  • name some body parts, familiar objects, and people.
  • put words together (“go bye-bye”).

We are Beginning to Create

We…

  • enjoy dancing and singing.
  • like to experiment with paint, crayons, play-dough, and chalk.

 

24 TO 36 MONTHS

We Have Busy Hands and Feet

We…

  • still need bed, bath, and meal routines.
  • like to undress ourselves.
  • like to run and jump.
  • try scooters or riding toys
  • make circles, lines, and marks.
  • may be interested in learning to use the toilet.

We Learn Through Play and Exploration

We…

  • like to build.
  • like to play with things that wind up or have switches.
  • enjoy working three- or four-piece puzzles.
  • begin make-believe play with dolls, animals, and play people.

We are Talking More and More

We…

  • use a lot of new words.
  • like to talk about what we are doing.
  • enjoy talking about what is happening in pictures.
  • ask a lot of questions using “what,” “where,” and “why.”

We Sometimes Play with Others

We…

  • claim everything as “mine.”
  • begin to show affection for other children.
  • may start taking turns.

Contact us or schedule a tour today to learn more!