It is normal for children to have tantrums, but at around the age of 2 you might find that they are uncontrollable when they have them. 2 year olds are at the age when they don’t have the language or maturity to be able to tell you what is bothering them and this sometimes leads to toddler tantrums also known as the terrible twos. They have very little control over their emotions and they aren’t able to tell you exactly how they feel. This often means that they kick, lash out, throw themselves on the floor and scream for what can seem like forever. It’s all very normal and doesn’t last for long. Once your child develops their speech and is able to tell you how they are feeling the tantrums will lessen.
The website below gives ideas for how to control toddler tantrums.
Somewhere between the age of 18 and 30 months your child will begin to show signs of being ready to potty train. They will start to tell you if they have wet or soiled and may point to their nappy if it needs changing. As teaching practitioners we will advise you if we think your child is ready and on the next steps to take to potty train your child. Every child is unique and will potty train at different times. The website below gives guidance and ideas of how to train. Some parents decide to go for underwear and others prefer to use pull ups. Whilst potty training we advise that you bring to nursery several changes of clothes for the first 3 months and bear in mind that shoes and socks can get wet too. Your child will have lots of accidents to begin with and this is completely normal. Potty training can take quite a while for some children, but it is worth bearing with it as it is confusing for children to stop and start. We will however discuss with you if we think your child is not quite ready.
One of the most important things to do with your child is to read. A bedtime story or a reading book during the day can be so special and can teach your child so much about the world. Starting to read with them whilst they are young will help them to develop a love of books and as they get older will help them to continue reading on their own. Libraries are wonderful places and children can borrow books for free from them. Choosing stories with your child will help make it even more special.
All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your child as they progress through school.
Even when your child is very young and is not yet able to talk, talking to them helps them to learn and understand new words and ideas. If you make the time every day to do some of the following things with your child it will make a real difference to your child’s confidence as a young learner.