Toddler Program

IMG_20150826_110645099Toddler Program

We believe that a toddler program is based on developmental needs of each child.

As in our infant program, a primary caregiver provides for changing, feeding, cuddling, and nurturing. An early childhood professional will organize an educational daily schedule during small group experiences (2 children at a time).

Our toddler program is designed around the social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional (SPICE) needs of children. Given the diversity of ages, the children each have different developmental needs that are considered when setting up and planning activities for them. Activities are planned for listening and talking, for physical development, for creative expression and for learning from the world around them.

Teachers in our toddler program plan their curriculum with the following goals in mind:

• To learn about themselves

• To learn about their feelings

• To learn about others

• To learn about communication

• To learn about moving and doing

• To acquire thinking skills

Toddlers need a schedule that is regular but flexible to meet their individual needs. Flexibility provides the children the opportunity to merge learning opportunities with everyday experiences.

The following is a list of curriculum areas and how they relate to developing child’s growth needs.

Free Play: This is a time when a child chooses from a wide variety of games, toys, puzzles or gross motor activities. Children gain a newfound sense of independence through mobility, and this freedom of choice allows them to further exercise this skill. Games, toys, and puzzles are specifically selected to meet the child’s developmental needs include:

Manipulatives: Small building blocks, small vehicles, pegoboard games, stringing beads, etc.

Water Table/Dry Pour Table: This allows children to experience a large variety of textures such as, water, sand, dirt, rice, oatmeal, beans, etc. Objects such as cylinders, measuring cups, bowls, and funnels are placed on the table to enable children to explore and experiment with pouring, dumbing, and pouring.

Dramatic Play: This area resembles a kitchen. It has familiar household items that children can use to imitate activities they see in their house. This encourages children to practice familiar activities such as cooking, sweeping and talking on the phone.