Creating and supporting a responsive Toddler classroom environment – Conclusion


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This training was developed from many sources and from the experience of Dr. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith and her team.

If you want to extend your learning, view these resources:

Slutsky, R. (2011). Making High-Quality Early Childhood Settings Visible: Life at Little Garden Preschool. Retrieved from:

Harms, T., Clifford, R.M & Cryer, D. (2014) Early Childhood Environment Rating Scales. (ECERS-3). New York: Teachers College Press.

Harms, T., Cryer, D., Clifford, R. M., & Yazejian, N. (2017). Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale, third edition  (ITERS-R). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Steuart Watson, PhD; Tonya Watson, PhD; & Sarah Gebhardt (2010). Temper Tantrums: Guidelines for Parents and Teachers. National Association of School Psychologists. Miami University, Oxford, OH. Retrieved from:



When parents pick up their child after a long day of work, it is important for them to see how well we cared for their child. Before a child is picked up, make sure each child is clean and looks presentable, noses are clean, hands faces are washed and shoes are emptied.  This also teaches our little friends self help skills!


Watch the video below to learn more about departure time for toddlers:

Outdoor activities / gross motor time

Outdoor play is an important part of a child’s day.  Toddlers develop so many skills while engaged in outdoor play. Even if you can’t go outside, take some time to engage your toddlers in Gross Motor Play.



Watch the video below to learn more about outdoor play with toddlers:

Rest time

After lunch children transition to rest time. Toddlers are busy and active throughout the day and slowing down to take a rest will give them the energy that they need to have a great afternoon.


Watch the video below to learn more about rest time in a toddler classroom:

Behavior management

Helping children to feel secure and safe in our environments starts with good behavior management.  An important skill with working with toddlers, and all children is relationship building.  Knowing the children you work with and their personalities will help you understand their individual developmental needs.  It is helpful to have clear expectations of what toddler can and cannot do.

Using a positive attitude as well as displaying friendly body language when a child is having difficulties helps to more easily redirect the child.


Watch the video below to learn behavior management techniques:

Small group / center time

Small group and center time is a big part of a toddler’s day. A toddler classroom should be divided into learning centers where children can be engaged in purposeful play. Each center is designed with specific objectives for children to meet learning goals.



Watch the video below to learn more about small group and center time: