The Toddler room provides 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. These experiences are documented for families in an individual portfolio for each child as well as on our classroom blog.
Children 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. There is a morning and afternoon snack served daily. Weekly menus are posted in the room and meet the CACFP food guidelines.
Napping is also an important part of the day. In the Toddler room children nap in cribs until they are 18 mos. After reaching 18 mos. children sleep 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.
Teachers document children’s experiences through the use of photographs, dictation, and artwork. Teachers will also share your child’s experiences with you at drop off and pick up times. In addition, individual conferences are held two times a year or as needed throughout the year. During your child's conference, assessments, photographs, and portfolios are shared with parents. This is a time to collaborate with families and create goals for their child.
We look forward to developing relationships with children and their families as we walk through this journey of learning.