Toddler Program

The toddler program is designed to foster natural development in a nurturing environment that will promote exploration, learning, and gain a “sense of self”.


Classroom Information

Diapering
Parents need to supply their own diapers or pull-ups, diaper wipes and diaper ointment.  Diapers are changed every two hours or when needed.  Potty training will be discussed at time of enrollment or the classroom teacher with discuss with the parents if the child begins to show interest.

Rest Time
Each child will be given his/her own cot.  Cots will be sanitized on a weekly basis.

Additional Supplies
Each child should have outside clothes, outside shoes, blanket, sun block, and an extra set of clothes.  Children are allowed to bring personal belongings such as a small pillow and a small stuffed animal that will only be allowed during nap and rest period.  Personal belongings such as blanket, pillow, and/or stuffed animal will be sent home at the end of each week to be laundered.

Parent/Center Communication
Communication between parents and staff at the Center is essential; therefore, we use a communication sheet for Toddlers that is called, “Look What I Did Today!”  Staff will communicate the child’s eating, napping, diapering/toileting, and activities for the day as well as supplies that are running low for the child.

Discipline
We prefer to use techniques that help the child learn appropriate ways to resolve problems and conflicts.  Our goal is to create an environment where children can gain self-control, self-respect, sensitivity towards others, and learn appropriate ways to resolve problems and conflicts.  Our staff uses positive language, speaks on the child’s level, and uses guidance techniques that are tailored to the developmental level of each child.  When a child demonstrates inappropriate behavior, the following guidelines are followed:

  • Redirect the child or provide an alternate choice.
  • Within the same day, the child will receive up to two warnings.
  • If problem persists, the child will take some time to regroup and return to the activities when he/she is ready and behavior is brought under control.
  • If behaviors are frequent, parents will be notified.
  • If behavior problems persist individual behavior plans will be developed with the parents, teacher, and the Center’s Director.

Activities
The toddler room has a wide array of age-appropriate toys necessary for development.  Playtime activities include blocks, puzzles, books, puppets, balls, stuffed animals, musical instruments and many others.  Toddlers will spend time outside or in the multi-purpose room when there is inclement weather.

An example of the daily schedule is as follows:

Daily Schedule*

7:00 a.m. Center Opens
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Child Arrival / Free Play
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Served
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Circle Time / Music, Song, Dance
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Creative Arts and Crafts / Fine Motor Skills
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Outside Play or Inside Large Muscle Development
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Science / Sensory Hands-on Activity
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch Served
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Manipulatives
12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Story Time
12:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Children Rest / Nap Time
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Snack Time
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Outside Play or Inside Large Muscle Development
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Dramatic / Practical Play
4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Free Play (Children Choose to Participate in Interested Areas)
6:00 p.m. Center Closes

* Daily Schedule may be subject to change