The program for toddlers provides a comfortable and stimulating environment that encourages the development of independence and exploration critical to this developmental stage. Children in the toddler program range in age from approximately 24 months to 3 years.
Children are ready to move from waddler care to toddler care when they can walk, eat solid foods well, and get by on one nap per day (after lunch).
The toddler program will include:
- Music lessons
- Pinnacle Curriculum
- Language arts
- Arts & Crafts
- Spanish Lessons (3's & 4's)
- Holiday Programs
- A soothing environment. Toddlers can get overwhelmed easily, so caregivers make sure the lights aren't too bright, the room isn't too cluttered, and recoreded music is played only once in a while.
- Defined areas. The room is divided into separate areas for sleeping, playing, eating, and changing diapers. That way, everything and everyone stays clean and safe, and playing toddlers don't bother sleeping ones.
- Secure open spaces (both indoors and outdoors). Toddlers need to move on firm surfaces without being in a device or carrier--that's how they strengthen their muscles. Plus, they can explore the toys and objects that interest them.
- Personal touches. The room contains objects that are familiar to each child, like family photographs.
- Simple, interesting materials. The toys and objects can be used in a variety of ways, like baskets and pails that toddlers use to dump and fill. There are different types of the same toy, like blocks or balls, in various sizes and made out of different materials. When they're a little older, toddlers compare objects and learn to understand words like big, soft, smooth, and shiny.
- Child-size furniture. Chairs, tables, and shelves are sturdy, safe, and the right size for toddlers so they can be more independent.