12 months to 24 months


(12 months - 24 months)

Our Toddler Program is divided into four classrooms based on the social and developmental abilities of each child. Through our app, Kid Reports, each parent will be able to view in real time the daily events for each child - diaper changes, meals, nap time, daily activities and medication. Toddlers will have daily opportunities for exploratory activity outdoors such a water and sand play.  Well-supervised sand and water play will allow a child be creative and teach them what they can and cannot eat.  Appropriate art media such as large crayons, watercolor markers and large paper will be given to toddlers to explore and manipulate. Staff will let toddlers initiate language, and wait for a response, even from children whose language is limited. Staff will label or name objects, describe events, and reflect feelings to help children learn new words. Singing is another way for the children to learn new words and sounds.

Staff will model the type of interactions with others that they want children to develop. Teachers will respect toddler curiosity about each other and help them to treat each other gently.  Staff will recognize that toddlers can be aggressive, hurting and biting other children, because they lack skills to cope with frustrating situations such as wanting another child's toy.  

Children will be allowed to problem solve under the watchful eye of staff. Teachers will model for the toddlers the words to say or patiently redirect them to another activity. Teachers will frequently engage in songs and games with the toddlers. The children will be read to individually on laps or in groups of two or three. Teachers will be supportive of the children as they acquire skills.  They will watch to see what the child is trying to do and provide the necessary support to help the child accomplish the task, allowing children to do what they are capable of doing and assisting with tasks that are frustrating.

Routines are planned as learning experiences to help children become skilled and independent.  Meals and snacks include finger foods that are easier for toddlers to use.  Dressing and undressing are seen as learning activities and the child's attempts to dress themselves and put on shoes are supported and positively encouraged.

Toys will be available on open shelves so children can make their own selections.  The toys are scaled to a size that enables small children to grasp, chew, and manipulate them.  Low climbing structures and steps are provided.  Sturdy picture books are provided.  The toys are safe, washable, and too large for toddlers to swallow.  Toys provided are responsive to the child's actions: bells, busy boards, balls, small blocks, squeeze toys that squeak, etc. Outdoor play equipment will include small climbing equipment that they can go around, in, and out of and swings and slides.

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