“Silence is golden - unless you have a toddler. In that case, it's very, very suspicious.”


In this age group we bear witness to a rapidly developing identity, seeking to gain meaning through interactions with their learning environment and the individuals within. This is why positive social skills are so vital and readily modelled here at Sage. We believe that the concept of reciprocal rights is best introduced from a young age, so the individual truly has an opportunity to meaningfully integrate this concept into their overall world view.


This age is also about repetition, which sees the children engage concepts and skills on a very regular basis, but this is not cause for concern. This is simply the most effective way that we have evolved to meaningfully acquire new skills and knowledge, for it is through repetition that we engage muscle memory and strengthen neural networks. Our brain, just like our muscles, is very use dependent. Practice does indeed make perfect, but it also stands that you use it or lose it.


“When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job to share our calm, not to join their chaos.”

L.R. Knost

By this stage the individual has well and truly developed skills they will carry with them through their lifetime. We start to see play concepts become more elaborate and detailed, as increased cognitive capacity sees the child seek to deepen their connection to, and understanding of, the world around them.


The child is also well placed to share their skills and knowledge with younger peers, through a process known as peer scaffolding. This further supports their sense of positive self identity, as they are encouraged to acknowledge the contribution they are able to make within the learning environment.