Toddlers learn best by exploring the environment through their senses. Toddlers enjoy lots of free choice and like moving about the setting, observing and making social contacts. Children at this age are learning about independence and self-help skills such as toileting, feeding, and dressing. Toddlers need ample opportunities to practice new skills through repetition and experience with success. Most of all, they need time to be themselves in a setting free of stress, enabling them to feel positively about all new things they are learning.
The Toddler Program respects the characteristics of the toddler. The environment is planned to encourage young children to use real materials and playthings to learn about themselves, while also promoting imaginative play. Imitation, planned play activities, and numerous choices enable the toddler to become increasingly more independent. The Center strongly encourages language interaction. The environment is planned with appropriate developmental activities such as books, simple puzzles, water and sand play, music, indoor and outdoor exploration and movement, and creative inquiry with a rich variety of activities, objects and people. If weather and outdoor conditions permit, we will be outside twice a day.
The Toddler Program works to develop routines that fit the individual needs of young children. Teachers work closely with parents to parallel parent and child practices in the area of toileting, feeding, and dressing. Parents provide the necessary toileting materials such as diapers and wipes. Children will be given the opportunity to rest every afternoon. Parents will also be asked to provide a blanket, crib sheet, and pillow to be brought home at the end of each week to be laundered.
Each family must work closely with the teachers to establish healthy feeding routines. Parents will provide two snacks, lunch and bottles (when necessary). Milk is provided with snacks and lunch. The toddler teachers work closely with parents to assure a safe and healthy environment for each child.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Ages: 1 year 1 month – 1 year 10 months (ages as of August 31)
Group Size: 10 children maximum
Ratio: 1 adult to 3 children