About Us | Infants & Toddlers

Infants

Overview:

  • 6 weeks to 12 months
  • Requires lots of TLC
  • Transiting into group childcare setting
  • Individualized care
  • Teacher/ Child ratio is 1:5 with additional staff available during high need time such as feeding
  • Limited availability
  • It’s never too early to register!

Our Classroom: Our infant environment is very unique and designed with the health, safety and education of our youngest learners.

  • Small Group Size
    Limiting the size of our group fosters a strong bond between our caregivers and babies.
  • Individualized Cribs
    Each baby that joins our infant classroom is assigned his/her own crib. Cribs are sanitized daily, and crib sheets are changed as needed and/or daily.
  • Low, Accessible Shelves With Age Appropriate Toys Within Reach
    Infant classrooms are designed for children to explore and make choices about their play. Babies have access to a wide variety of fun and educational toys.
  • Emphasis on Active Interaction
    Active play is important for developing infants. We encourage lots of tummy time and interaction with caregivers is ongoing throughout the day.

Infants are delighted by simple props that spark their emerging imagination. Small animals, dolls, hats and a variety of play props encourage their language and creativity. As we pretend to talk on the phone, we model important imaginative play.

Infants grow and develop quickly. One day they are grasping for a toy and it seems the next they are turning over. We create the environment and plan activities that support the rapid development of infants. Infants are developing their ability to use their hands and fingers with coordination, control and strength. To exercise their small muscles, we provide them with a variety of materials to hold, grasp, shake, pick up, and pull apart. As these skills develop, we vary the size of what they are grasping. Infants need to move, stretch, wiggle, turn over, push up, pull up, walk, etc.

The role of our teachers is to support, challenge and encourage these emerging large muscle skills. For younger infants, large muscle activities include the following: holding up their head, turning their head, waving arms, and kicking their legs.

Meals & Snacks

Babies have different schedules and our staff work with parents closely to ensure consistency throughout each day. In this room, because each babies’ needs are different, meals are provided by families until children are ready for table food. We provide a daily record of each meal so parents know how much and when their child ate.

Large Motor Activities

We encourage babies to be active! Inside activities include tummy time, rolling, crawling, pulling up, reaching and more.

Music

Music is an important aspect of the environment we create in our infant rooms. The songs and music selected introduce babies to a variety of different types of music and create moods for different times during the day. Our teachers also create music with babies by interacting with a variety of musical toys.

Reading Aloud

We love a good book! It is never too early to start exploring books with children. We make time every day to look at pictures and read aloud to our babies.

Care Routines

Hugs and cuddles are essential to every baby. We promote this closeness by taking time during regular routines to talk, sing and interact. Washing hands and even diaper changes become a special time for close one-on-one interaction. We want every baby to trust their caregivers and know they are loved.

Naptimes

Babies have various nap schedules in our infant room and caregivers communicate closely with families to ensure consistency in their individual nap routine.


One’s

Overview:

  • 12months to 24months
  • Teacher/ Child ratio is 1:7 and in some schools, we offer 1:6
  • Taking their first steps and learning new words
  • Everything is a new discovery!
  • Curriculum to fit their developmental level

Our Classroom:

Our classrooms are full of details that matter for your child’s learning:

  • Small Group Size
    We limit the group size because we want to ensure that our teachers are able to individualize their instruction and provide the highest quality of care.
  • Low, Accessible Shelves With Age Appropriate Toys Within Reach
    Classrooms are designed for children to explore and make choices about their play. We make sure children have access to a wide variety of fun and educational toys.
  • Beginning Interest Centers
    Our room is divided into separate learning zones that allow children to begin turn-taking and more complex forms of play. These centers encourage different types of learning as children explore and learn to play independently or in small groups.
  • Double Prevents Trouble!
    As toddlers are learning to share and play together, we provide duplicates of favorite toys to encourage important negotiations and limit the frustration of young toddlers.

A day in the life:

We create the perfect mix between quiet and active times, large and small group learning, child initiated activities and teacher facilitated activities to create a day full of learning and fun!

Literacy

Toddlers &rlquo;learn” language naturally by hearing it used in context. They learn vocabulary by being spoken to, listened to and then encouraged to communicate their thoughts. They also discover the connection between spoken and written words by observing and experiencing them being used in the classroom.

Enrichment

Our teachers facilitate toddlers’ learning by creating a variety of props and learning games to engage toddlers’ curiosity and imagination. Toddlers are just beginning to engage in pretend play and we plan engaging opportunities to inspire their play. The environment we provide is full of activities perfect for toddlers. It allows them to discover and play independently or with others.

Learning Games

Our teachers love to make up playful toddler games! By dumping small toys into a basket or making a tower, they are demonstrating a new way of playing. We view these learning games as rich learning opportunities that encourage all types of learning. Our teachers also closely observe each toddler and individualize their teaching to challenge each child. These learning games provide opportunities for children to practice important social skills; emerging sharing, turn-taking, listening, following directions and empathy.

Creative Art

Art for toddlers is all in the exploring of art materials, not in the products they create. Teachers encourage their little artists to use their senses to experience the process of art. We provide a variety of activities that include the following: painting, stamping, scribbling, smearing, gluing, sticking etc.

Imagining Together

Every day we make time to gather and share stories. Being together allows us to get to know our friends and play learning games. During this time, we also sing and dance as we learn new songs and listen to music.

Reading Aloud

We love a good book! Each day we set aside time to read together. Our read-alouds encourage us to learn new words as we read simple, repetitive stories with predictable text. Our toddlers begin to have favorite books that they request over and over. Our youngest readers interact by pointing to pictures, making gestures, sounds and knowing what comes next.

Meals & Snacks

Toddlers are introduced to nutritious foods for daily meals and snacks. We help toddlers develop independence and good eating habits.

Enriching Play: Learning Centers

Toddlers have the opportunity to explore the following learning centers as part of their daily Enriching Play: Blocks and Building, Language and Books, Fine Motor and Manipulatives, Music, Dramatic Play and Creative Arts. Our teachers also create a variety of props and learning games to enhance toddler’s learning and engage their curiosity and imagination.

Quiet Time

After lunch, toddlers enjoy a calm atmosphere with soft, dim lighting and a cuddly blanket. Children rest on individual, assigned rest mats. While some doze off and nap for a time, others may enjoy a good book or a quiet activity. We work with families to coordinate this important routine for their child.


Two’s

Overview:

  • 24months to 36months
  • Teacher/Child ratio is 1:11 and in some schools, as low as 1:9
  • Full of energy
  • Excited to learn new things every day
  • Enjoys making new friends
  • Teachers facilitate two years olds’ emerging self- help skills including dressing and potty training.

Our Classroom:

All two year old classrooms are set up with unique learning centers that encourage children to be self-sufficient while fostering an understanding of basic concepts. Our child-centered room arrangement allows children to move freely from one interest center to the next, giving them the opportunity to make plans and choices in their environment. The following is a partial list of the learning centers in our developmentally appropriate classrooms, with a brief description of some of the learning and skills that they foster

A day in the Life:

We create the perfect mix between quiet and active times, large and small group learning, child initiated activities and teacher facilitated activities to create a day full of learning and fun!

Education

Inquisitive two year olds enjoy daily small group educational experiences. With their teacher as their facilitator, they will have the opportunity to talk and learn from each other as they explore new content.

Learning Games

Our teachers make up playful learning games such as dumping small toys into a basket or making a tower. This type of simple, fun game is demonstrating a new way of playing. We view these learning games as rich learning opportunities that encourage all types of learning. Our teachers also closely observe and individualize their teaching to challenge each child. These learning games provide opportunities for children to practice important social skills; emerging sharing, turn-taking, listening, following directions and empathy.

Discovery

Young learners enjoy the process of creating more than the product they create. We encourage them to discover their creativity through a variety of exploration small group activities. Children have the opportunity to mold, squish, splash and pour with different materials. Their imaginations come alive as they explore the following during exploration small groups: creative arts, sensory play, and open-ended materials.

Creative Art

Art for two year olds is all in the exploring of art materials. Teachers encourage their little artists to use their senses to experience the process of art. We provide a variety of activities that include the following: painting, stamping, scribbling, smearing, gluing, sticking etc.

Imagining Together

Every day we make time to gather and share stories. Being together allows us to get to know our friends and play learning games. During this time, we also sing and dance as we learn new songs and listen to music.

Literacy and Reading Aloud

Each day we set aside time to read together. Our read-alouds encourage us to learn new words as we read simple, repetitive stories with predictable text. Puppets, flannel stories, writing books and language games are just some of the ways we engage in literacy skills.

Meals & Snacks

We provide our Twos with nutritious foods for daily meals and snacks. We help children develop independence and good eating habits.

Enriching Play: Learning Centers

Twos have the opportunity to explore the following learning centers as part of their daily Enriching Play: Blocks and Building, Language and Books, Fine Motor and Manipulatives, Music, Dramatic Play and Creative Arts. Our teachers also create a variety of props and learning games to enhance children’s learning and engage their curiosity and imagination.

Quiet Time

After lunch, two year olds enjoy a calm atmosphere with soft, dim lighting and a cuddly blanket from home. Children rest on individual, assigned mats. While some doze off and nap for a time, others may enjoy a good book or a quiet activity. We work with families to coordinate this important routine for their child.

Spacious and organized play areas | A wide variety of educational materials | Shelves stocked with specially selected age appropriate toys

Creative Fun

In this center there are a variety of art and craft materials available for children to experiment and create with. In addition, each room has easels that are available to children for painting. Children develop eye hand coordination, fine motor control, and creativity as they explore color, texture, and shape in their art.

Language

Quality children’s literature is displayed in an inviting manner to encourage children to read and explore books. A quiet corner of the room with comfortable chairs and soft areas is established to give children an opportunity to interact with books.

Writing Table

A variety of different types of paper and writing utensils should be rotated in this center to encourage children’s experimentation with writing. Children become authors and writers in this center. They are invited to share emergent writing skills or dictate to teachers their own words for books or illustrations. These early experiences with writing make print accessible for young children and give them a firm foundation for later reading and writing development.

Math/Science

This combined Math/Manipulative/Science Center provides opportunities for children to practice number concepts and fine motor skills. This center also introduces children to scientific discovery, analytical thinking and problem solving.

Sensory Table

This table provides important learning opportunities for young children. As children pour, sift, fill and measure, they experiment with texture, density, and other properties. Sensory areas also are very soothing to children.

Dramatic Play

In this center children have the opportunity to become fire fighters, fathers, doctors, ballerinas, or any other role that their imagination embraces. Housekeeping props as well as other open-ended props and theme prop boxes are available for the children’s play. This role-playing provides children with important peer interactions and socio-emotional development. Children learn to cooperate, share, and gain self-understanding as well as a positive self-image.

Blocks and Building

This area provides building opportunities for children as they lay out roads, castles and other creative monuments. Children learn visual discrimination, large and fine motor control, problem solving, and logical thinking. They experiment with balance, design and other mathematical properties.

Music

A variety of musical instruments await the children in this center. Children creatively make music and move to their beats. Music exposes preschoolers to rhythm, patterns and sound.