Toddler

Our Toddlerstudents, ages 15 months to 2 years, 9 months, are now more mobile and curiously
exploring their world around them.

 

The Classroom

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We offer areas for gross motor activities including a ramp, tunnel, platforms, and a slide , a variety of balls to kick, bounce and throw, as well as push and pull toys.

On shelving in the classroom, you'll find materials such as peg boards and pegs, a variety of blocks, cars and trucks, animals, stacking toys, shape sorters, puzzles, books, dolls, play food, pots and pans, materials from nature, loose parts for dumping and filling, and more. Areas include dramatic play, construction, reading, art, and science.

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In our two sensory tables you may find sand, water, shaving cream, snow,  and other textured items.

A double paint easelallows for children's creativity. Other art and sensory activities often take place at the low child-height tables.

Individual rest mats are provided for nap time. At nap time, the children fall asleep to soothing lullabies, classical music, and nature sounds.

There are also areas throughout the classroom that are soft and quiet, providing respite from all of the activity. These spaces are often enjoyed alone, or with a friend.

Your Child's Needs
The teachers understand that toddler's needs and moods vary day-by-day and the teachers make adjustments accordingly, based on each child's individual needs.

Ourtoddlers still enjoy being held, cuddled, and rocked. The teachers make sure each child receives one-on-one care throughout the day.

Your child will have a morning snack, afternoon snack, and lunch,  while at Little Footprints.  If your child arrives early, they are also welcome to have their breakfast at school. All meals and snacks are sent in from home.
We understand that children at this age are very picky eaters, so we encourage a variety of foods for them to choose from.

*Student-teacher ratio: 4:1 or 9:2

*Information sheets are sent home daily by request, to let you know about their day (diapering, naps, etc).

*Diapering will take place at least every two hours, and more often, as needed.

*Developmental Progress Reports are done for each child, bi-annually.

*Parents provide diapers, wipes, food, snacks, drinks, a change of clothing, and appropriate attire for messy outdoor exploration.

 

Enrichment
Now that our toddlers are mobile, they are almost non-stop in exploring the environment. Being in an environment that fosters their various needs and curiosities, the teachers find ways to expand on this learning and exploration.

Toddlers are sensory learners and participate in many sensory activities throughout the day. Feeding their world with sight, smell, taste, feel and sound teaches them about the world around them and satisfies those curiosities!

Music and movement is a favorite at this age. The children are often found singing and dancing throughout the classroom. Props including scarves, and instruments are often added to the experience.

You will often find the classroom with materials scattered about, as children at this age are big into dumping and filling, and transporting items from one place to another. They may add puzzle pieces into a push cart, loose parts into a purse, or building blocks into a basket. Although to some this may appear to be just a mess, they are actually learning many skills. Hand/eye coordination, cause and effect, and fine motor skills, to name just a few.

The toddlers spend a lot of time outside when weather permitting. Their outdoor play may consist of playing with mud, dirt, and sand, as well as digging, jumping, climbing, balancing, sliding, running, or even catching bugs! Since toddlers are such explorers, our natural playground is perfect for fulfilling these needs.