Welcome to the Toddler Program!

Ages: 15 months 2 years

(1:5 Ratio):

Although sometimes our 15 month olds are thought of as babies, we like to start thinking about them as toddlers and becoming more independent. By 15 months old and before entering the preschool room there are a few things we would like for your toddler to be able to do in order to get the best experience they can:

1.) Drink whole milk from a cup (unless allergic then a milk supplement must be used)
2.) Be an active walker
3.) Be able to feed them selves

The toddler years are some of the most crucial times in a child’s life to begin learning new things and understanding themselves. We are dedicated to helping your child reach their highest level of learning and are excited to have you join us! Below is a packet of information that is very important in understanding what goes on in the toddler program and the activities we encounter on a daily basis. Should you ever have any questions about our program, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thank you, your classroom teachers.

Independence:

(These are the activities we work on every day with your child that take the first steps in learning independence.)

  • Cleaning up toys
  • Putting our cups in the sink when finished eating
  • Pushing in our chairs
  • Using our words
  • Washing and drying our hands
  • Wiping our face

Goals:

(All of the activities we work on for independence are viewed as goals. Below are some of the goals we strive to reach.)

  • Being able to understand simple directions (ex: bring me your shoes)
  • Sit down for circle time (for at least 5 minutes)
  • Using please, thank-you and more in sign language and by using our words
  • Sharing with our friends
  • Saying “sorry” when needed
  • Using nice hands
  • Learning to color, paint, and do other art activities
  • Recognize familiar pictures (ex: dog, cat, boat, shoe)
  • Turning pages in a book
  • Pushing, pulling and dumping objects
  • Learning a vocabulary of 8-10 words

Structured Daily Schedule:

Our classroom follows a routine as per our daily schedule. We also plan many fun, interactive themed activities for toddlers. We follow the schedule posted on our parent board and work with the children to try and follow it. Though, it is not always precise, we do want the children to learn routine. This helps children learn how to follow directions and know what is coming next to make smoother transitions. It also teaches independence. Please visit our parent board, which outlines our daily schedule.

Daily Sheets:

Parents are required to fill out daily sheets at drop off with the child’s name, last diaper change, and last feeding. Each child will have a completed daily sheet form outlining how your child did for the day upon pick up. Information on your child’s needs, such as supplies, eating, sleeping, diapering, etc. is updated on this form. Please read carefully. Also, your child will have a daily sheet with information being sent home for parents each day. These daily sheets plus any additional forms must be taken home daily!

Family Picture:

Sometimes the children may get sad or upset and to see a face that they know is calming for them. So we ask that you provide a family photo to be displayed in the classroom.

Pacifiers:

We understand that every child is different. If your child is still taking a pacifier we will help you break the habit. We will allow it ONLY during naptime. It must be left in the hallway cubbies. We will try not to use it at all. We will keep you posted of the progress and hopefully together we can help eliminate that habit.

Potty Training:

Potty Training is young at a toddler age but some children show signs of being ready. If you feel your child is showing signs of readiness to start going potty then we will begin teaching them the skills they will need to toilet train. Information will be available at any given time we feel the child is ready!

Simple Sign Language:

Our toddlers are just learning how to communicate using their words and their bodies. To enhance the communication process, our classroom teachers use simple signs to help facilitate that process. Sign language is used at random times with words such as help, more, eat, please, thank you, up, down, etc. It is neat to see a toddler develop his communication methods using their little hands. Children are like sponges, the more they know, the more they grow!

Items Needed:

(Please do not bring toys from home, outside food, or bottles)
*We are a peanut free industry and a lot of foods contain them*

Everyday Needs:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Small Nap Blanket – labeled
  • 2 sets of extra clothes – labeled (please include socks!)

Outside Items Needed:

  • Sun block – Please label the bottle
  • Swim Wear- (suit and swim diaper) (Please label swimwear)
  • Shoes, closed toed shoes to prevent accidents

Fall/Winter Items Needed:

  • Shoes/ Snow boots – labeled
  • Coats (must be able to zip or button)
  • Hats
  • Mittens
  • Snow pants- labeled