Creative Curriculum for Infants & Toddlers

Bright Beginnings uses the Creative Curriculum® as a guide for preparing Infants and Toddlers for their introduction to education.

Learning is not just repeating what someone else says, it requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn firsthand about the world we live in. The most important goal of the Creative Curriculum® is to help children become enthusiastic Learners.

A Curriculum for Early Learners

The Creative Curriculum® System for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos is based on the information below that forms a framework that teachers use when planning all routine and learning experiences:

  • Knowing Infants, Toddlers, and Twos – explains the social-emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development of children.
  • Creating a Responsive Environment – offers a model for setting up the physical environment for routines and experiences in ways that address the developing abilities and interests of Infants, Toddlers, and Twos.
  • What Children are Learning – shows how the responsive relationship you form with each child, the interactions you have every day, and the materials and experiences you offer become the building blocks for successful learning
  • Caring and Teaching – offers strategies for building positive relationships with Infants, Toddlers, and Twos by helping the children develop self-regulation, and responding to challenging behaviors. It also explains the role of ongoing assessment in learning about each child, following children’s progress, and planning.
  • Building Partnership with Families – explores the benefits of working with families as partners in the care of their children.

The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos helps teachers be intentional about the experiences offered to children, while still having the flexibility to respond to their changing interests and abilities. It allows many opportunities for providing responsive care for very young children by:

  • Building a trusting relationship with each child
  • Providing individualized care
  • Creating environments that support and encourage exploration
  • Ensuring children’s safety and health
  • Developing partnerships with families
  • Observing and documenting children’s development in order to plan for each child and the group
  • Recognizing the importance of social-emotional development
  • Appreciating cultural, family, and individual differences
  • Taking advantage of every opportunity to build a foundation for lifelong learning