Intended for the child who is no longer a toddler, yet is still developing language and motor abilities, the Early Preschool program stresses language interaction and the development of appropriate level of independence. Children engage in activities such as dramatic play, storytelling, puppets, blocks, puzzles, water and sand play, exploration with art media, climbing, and body movement and awareness. The children have many opportunities to play alone and in a group, and to share and listen to stories. Children in the Early Preschool program are learning to explore the world around them through sensory activities and concrete learning experiences. Children have opportunities to solve problems and learn about making decisions. If weather and outdoor conditions permit, we will be outside twice a day. In addition, walking trips, which give children a chance to observe and learn about their community, are an important part of the program.
Children in the Early Preschool program have opportunities to demonstrate and practice newly developed self-help skills. Social skills, such as fostering new friendships and learning to deal with conflicts among friends, are modeled and encouraged by the teachers. While working on sharing, the children also have things and places of their own to care for at the Center. They are encouraged to persist at self-chosen tasks and activities and to make choices at different play centers. The children have the opportunity to interact with Plymouth State University students who plan developmentally appropriate and meaningful activities.
Children bring their own lunch and 2 snacks per day. Milk and water is provided for snacks and lunch.
The teachers communicate regularly with parents. They seek to understand home expectations and to work with parents in the best interests of the child.
7 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday
Ages: 1 year 11 months – 2 years 10 months (ages as of August 31)
Ratio: 1 adult to 4 children
Group Size: 12 children maximum