Our Toddler rooms provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for children to explore throughout their day. Teachers design the environment and experiences based on children’s developmental needs and individual interests. Experiences with teachers, peers, language, movement, blocks, music, books, nature, water, sand, art and dramatic play materials enhance children’s growth and development.
Toddlers are encouraged to explore their environment independently. Because exploring with all your senses can be a messy process, we ask families to dress children with this in mind. In addition, children go outdoors in all kinds of weather, so it is important that families provide appropriate outerwear for each season.
Mealtime is both a physical and social-emotional process. This is a time to try new foods, use developing language skills, engage in social interactions and practice self-help skills. Teachers make mealtimes a relaxed group experience and guide children to be as independent as possible. Monthly menus, including snacks and meals, are provided for families.
Napping is also both a physical and social-emotional process that requires teachers to observe carefully for children’s cues. Toddlers nap on cots which are made more comfortable by a small blanket, pillow or sleeping toy brought from home. Teachers may help children relax by reading stories, playing soft music, or rubbing backs. While some toddlers may not nap, all children must spend some time resting every day.
Perhaps the most prominent developmental milestone for toddlers is potty training. All diapering and toileting in toddler rooms is done in a relaxed manner which allows children to grow and develop on individual timelines. Teachers work as partners with parents when children are showing signs of taking the last steps towards potty training.
Teachers document children’s experiences through the use of photographs, dictation, artwork and constructions. Teachers may also share your child’s experiences with you through phone calls, email, or notes in your mailbox. In addition, individual conferences and classroom family meetings are held throughout the year.
We look forward to developing relationships with children and their families. Please take some time at arrival each day to tell us about your child’s evening and morning at home so that we can more effectively meet their needs. When you return, we will tell you about your child’s day with us. Daily information provided for families may include mealtime, napping, diapering or toileting and play activities.