Toddlers

(15 months through 3 years)

The ages of the children in the Toddler Room span from approximately 15 months to 3 years. During this time, children develop quickly and may change a great deal in a month’s time. Because of this, the Toddler Program is designed to offer a wide range of activities where children are acquiring or refining certain developmental skills.  For example, upon entering the Toddler Room, a child may be simply stacking 3 blocks. When the same child is preparing to move to the Preschool Room, the creation may be “my house” or a train station. The developmental skills being mastered are categorized as gross motor, fine motor, social/emotional, self-help, language, and cognitive skills.

Toddler Program Goals

  • to care for toddlers in a warm, loving way to let each child know that she/he is a special person
  • to meet the physical and emotional needs of each child completely
  • to instill in each child a feeling of autonomy and a positive self-concept
  • to establish the foundation of respect for others
  • to establish the foundation of respect for one’s environment
  • to provide for language development
  • to provide ample opportunity for both gross and fine motor skill development
  • to present a variety of activities that begin to introduce the areas of arts, science, cooking, dramatic play
  • to encourage social development through parallel and cooperative play.