Toddler 1

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12 Weeks – 18 Months

Toddlers are active, mobile, and energetic. Their worlds are expanding before their eyes, and our program is carefully designed to cultivate their growing curiosity with a balance of guidance and independence. Here, the exploration that was emphasized in the infant room is expanded upon, and is more self-driven. Our open concept space with rooms for each age group enables toddlers to learn in safe, contained environments and also observe older students.

Our days are intentionally structured to provide toddlers with routine and flexibility. Our toddlers are beginning to learn that they’re part of a bigger world; they can do more and they can understand more. We capitalize on this by instilling and reinforcing self-help skills, often during snack or meal times. In addition to student-provided lunches, we offer healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks and this is a great time to help children learn how to interact with each other and to identify and practice good behavior.

A typical day includes everything from outdoor nature walks to creative movement. We know how to channel the increased energy that is common at this age level. Each week movement specialists visit to help our young learners develop fine and gross motor skills, as well as a sense of creativity and confidence. Through routines and exploration, we watch the magical transition from infant to toddler when children become active decision-makers with their own special thoughts.

A Typical Day

  • 7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast, bottle feeding, play time
  • 8:30 – 9:00 Diaper changing and breakfast clean-up
  • 9:00 – 9:30 Morning naps
  • 9:30 – 9:45 Teacher-directed activities (art, music, circle time, sensory table)
  • 9:45 – 10:30 Bottle feeding, diaper changing, clean-up activities, get ready to go for a walk
  • 10:30 – 11:15 Go out for a walk or visit natural playground
  • 11:15 – 11:30 Diaper changes, hand washing and prepare lunches and bottles
  • 11:30 – 12:15 Lunch and bottle feedings
  • 12:15 – 12:45 Clean-up lunch, prepare for mid-day naps
  • 12:45 – 2:15 Naps or play time
  • 2:15 – 3:00 Diaper changes, snack time, bottle feedings
  • 3:00 – 4:30 Clean-up snack, play time, sensory activity, go home
If you would like to inquire about availability, or if you just want to have an informal conversation about our center, please contact us or schedule a visit.
Infant Program