Blue Group: 3 – 18 months

Babies can start in blue group as early as 3-months and our nurturing carers will support them in their journey from wriggling to walking – helping them to expand their little worlds!

  Coronavirus and our educare centres

Earlybird Educare@TowersMain is closed for the duration of the national lockdown due to COVID-19.

We are using the time for virtual teacher training and to get protocols in place to ensure our centers are safe as possible when we are able to re-open, which we will do as soon as the Department of Social Development allows Educare centers to begin operating again.

If you are looking for learning and development activities for your little one while on lockdown, have a look at our Earlybird@Home guides for the blue age group:

Development and Learning Objectives for Blue Group Babies:

Language, Literacy and Creative Expression

Maths and Scientific Reasoning

Physical, Social and Emotional well-being

  Language, literacy and creative expression

Creative Expression

1. Engages in music, art and dramatic play

a. Sings along and copies actions during songs

b. Independently makes rhythmic / melodic sounds using found objects and musical instruments

Oral Language Development

2. Receptive and expressive vocabulary development

a. Gurgles and coos

b. Looks towards the person speaking to them, uses pointing and other gestures to convey meaning

c. Babbles word-like sounds

d. Responds to own name

e. Uses simple words “mama”, “hi”, ” bye-bye”

3. Coherent expression of personal ideas, thoughts, and feelings

a. Claps in excitement, shakes head to communicate “no” or refusal

b. Nods heads “yes“, blows kisses and gives high fives

c. Uses gestures and sounds to convey comprehension (when spoken to) and meaning (when responding).

d. Attempts at communication through speech are understandable at the time.

Emergent Literacy

4. Response to text

5. Phonological Awareness

6. Phoneme-grapheme correspondence

Emergent Writing

7. Print awareness / concepts

8. Tracing, transcription and writing

  Maths and Scientific Reasoning

Quantitative Concepts

9. Estimation

10. Verbal and object counting

a. Counts in a ‘sing-song’ fashion up to 5 (imitates teacher counting objects).

11. Numeral recognition, depiction and quantity correspondence

12. Relative magnitude and Measurement

Geometry and Spatial Relationships

13. Shape recognition and manipulation

14. Position, Directions and Time

Reasoning

15. Classification

16. Planning

17. Hypothesis Formation

  pHysical and social emotional wellbeing

Social Emotional Development

18. Self-regulation

a. Seeks help and soothing from adults

b. Self-soothes when upset; does not lash out on others

c. Says “no” or shakes head when doesn’t want something

d. Able to differentiate between and express personal needs eg. toileting or thirst

e. Plays alongside peers (parallel play)

Response to expectations

a. Pays attention and copies/mimics basic actions

b. Listens to and follows reasonable direct requests from teacher

20. The positive sense of self and cultural identity

21. Persistence in the face of challenges

a. Displays willingness to attempt new tasks with support/prompting (doesn’t always return to the same toy/game)

Physical Development

22Gross motor coordination

a. Neck control is established

b. Rolls from supine to side and back

c. Starts weight bearing on arms and kicks legs while on their tummy.

d. Starts to use both legs and arms to propel forward

e. Able to sit with back support

f. Able to sit without back support without fatiguing

g. Start to pull themselves up against furniture, stands

h. Crawls and/or shuffles

i. Takes a few steps, poor co-ordination

j. Walks independently

23. Fine motor coordination

a. Finger thumb opposition (touches thumb to all other fingers one at a time)

b. Plays with toys at midline, transfers hand to hand

c. Uses index finger to point at objects and toys

d. Squeezes sponge or hand or other soft object

e. Manipulates blocks, sand, play-dough, etc. to build multi-level structures

Blue Group Daily Routine:

Special supports for Blue Group children and families:

  • Sleep Cycles:
  • Weaning