Location: Wonder of Learning – 1346 Kingsway (Van)
Duration: 60 minutes
Age: 14 – 26 months
Capacity: 10 families
In Tot PLAYLABTM, egocentric toddlers will have many opportunities to practice sharing, communicating their needs + wants, engaging appropriately with peers, problem solving, strengthening their motor coordination, and more.
This RIE-inspired program, infused with facets of Montessori, Waldorf, Pikler, and play-based pedagogy, combines the most popular early childhood education approaches into one to support where each child is at individually, while challenging them to learn new skills.
During the class, tots are free to independently explore the preschool classroom, set up with a specially selected variety of wooden climbers, equipment, and brain-stimulating toys. Parents/caregivers are given space to observe children’s development, ask questions, and practice strategies to encourage their children’s learning with customized support + solutions.
Tot PLAYLABTM is designed to offer a stimulating space for toddlers to develop:
- Social skills
- Emotional intelligence
- Problem solving skills
- and much more…
Parents will also get solutions to common toddler parenting questions such as:
o Tot limit testing & how to set boundaries
o Clinginess, transitions & introducing changes
o Handling tears & tantrums
o Toys & play spaces that keep tots engaged
o Encouraging tots to play together and share
o Strategies to deal with every day challenges
*Recommended: This program builds upon concepts and strategies from our signature intelliPLAYTM program.
Q: What is the difference between intelliPLAYTM & PLAYLABTM?
- Our intelliPLAYTM class has more structured discussions centred around how to best support toddler development, how to play with tots to help them learn socio-emotional skills, how to navigate common challenging toddler behaviours, and how to promote the 3 pillars of intelligence (IQ, EQ & social intelligence). Each week builds on content from the previous week.
- PLAYLABTM offers the space for families to put the foundational pieces they learned in intelliPLAYTM into practice while tots have a playground to explore and interact with other children. The discussions are more based on the observation of toddlers in the class, what their needs are and coming up with strategies for challenges parents are currently having or are anticipating. The space is also larger so it’s great for active movers and drop-ins are available (if there is space).