Our Toddler Program is Both Educational and Fun!
The toddler age group is a diverse one, and each child is different. We recognize and encourage these differences, and our toddler teaching team’s practice a variety of strategies.
These strategies allow for each child to begin defining his/her own sense of independence while dependent on the adults caring for and teaching him/her. Each toddler is assigned an individual teaching team member as his/her primary caregiver.
Our toddler classrooms follow a daily routine that is consistent yet flexible. The children quickly learn to anticipate what will come next in their day and begin to demonstrate initiative.
A typical day includes Greeting Time, Choice Time, Group Time, and Outside Time. The teaching teams plan their lessons daily to ensure that they are supporting the children’s current interests and developmental progress.
Observation and assessment provide key insight into the needs of the individual children and serve as a foundation for goal setting and lesson planning. Toilet training is also incorporated into the daily routine for the older toddlers who demonstrate interest and developmental readiness.
Teachers and parents work in partnership to develop a toilet training plan for their child that is consistent between home and school. Our toddler program provides a solid stepping stone into our preschool.
Toddlers typically begin their transition to preschool between 33 and 36 months old. At that time the child has many opportunities to visit his/her new classroom for short periods of time to become acclimated with the larger class size and the preschool routine. Once the child is feeling comfortable in his/her new setting, the teachers and parents agree upon a date for the child to move into the preschool program.
A Typical Day in the Toddler Room:
6:00-9:00 Children arrive and are greeted by the staff. Parents relay important information to the caregiver, such as medicine needed, feeding, sleeping, pick-up, etc. This information will be recorded on their Daily Log Sheet. Breakfast is served to the toddlers. Diapering and toileting occur as needed.
9:00-9:20 Toddlers have circle time which may include storytelling, fingerplays, puppets and singing. Toddlers interact in a large group.
9:20-10:30 Children may choose activities from interest centers such as dramatic play, sensory play, block building and art exploration. Children help clean up prior to snack being served as a group.
10:30-11:30 Children spend small group time with their primary caregiver and the other children in their small group. They enjoy time together outdoors taking a walk, playing games or doing a special activity.
11:30-12:30 Children are fed. Lunch is provided by the parents. After lunch children enjoy quiet storytelling time. Diapering and toileting is done as needed.*
12:30-2:30 During nap time teachers play soft music while the children sleep. Toddlers who are awake during this time enjoy looking at books on their cots.
2:30-3:00 Diapering and toileting occur as the toddlers awaken. Toddlers eat snack and get ready to go outdoors if weather permits.
3:00-3:30 Outdoor play. Activities may include swinging, sliding, climbing, sand play, playing with balls, bubble play and small riding toys, etc. A large motor activity is planned if the children remain inside.
3:30-5:30 Children enjoy a variety of activities such as blocks, dramatic play, sensory play, stories, fingerplays and songs.
5:30-6:00 Children engage in quiet activities until parents arrive. Caregivers share information about the toddlers day with the parents.
*Diapering is done throughout the day as needed.
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