Full Time Toddler Program
Full Time Toddler Program
Our Toddler Program welcomes children aged 18 months to 30 months, with a maximum group size of 15 children.
Our program focuses on valuing and enhancing the unique personality and developmental skills of each toddler in a safe, happy and nurturing environment.
Our Toddler Program is structured with snack, lunch, nap and outdoor play times, as outlined in the Toddler Schedule below. All the children follow the same daily schedule, which is finely tuned to meet their developmental needs.
One part-time and three full-time Educators facilitate the program maintaining Ministry requirements and meeting the social and emotional needs of your child.
We appreciate how difficult it can be for parents to leave their child with us, which is why we’ve created a process that takes into account the needs of both the parents and the toddler and integrates your child into the program in a gradual way.
The core values underlying our Toddler Program
Learning Environment for Fostering Developmental Growth
Play is more than just “fun” for toddlers. It’s how they learn.
Play is essentially a child’s “work” and helps their brains grow while also being a lot of fun. It helps build confidence, develop social skills, language and communication, learn about caring for others and the environment and develop physical skills. With this in mind, the environment is designed with the purpose of engaging the children’s need to explore with their minds, bodies and their senses. Our daily activities may include:
Creative activitiescan consist of anything from gluing to painting. Children are encouraged to explore in any way they choose. They may use their hands instead of a brush. We focus on the process not the product.
Sensory playis enjoyed by all the children. They use this time to explore their senses. It is a time to get messy and have fun.
Block playis a time to construct and break down things. It is great fun to build a tall tower and then knock it down. It gives us a time to interact with our peers and practice our cooperative skills
Dramatic playhelps children identify with the world around them and helps them to understand who they are becoming. It also begins building life skills for the future
Cognitive activitieshelp us start to develop our problem solving skills such as how does the puzzle go together, and to learn new concepts including colours, shapes etc.
Gross Motor activities
Gross Motor activitiesgives the children a sense of how their bodies work. They can jump, run, crawl and climb. With active play and physical exploration they gain self-control and coordination.
Need more information about the program?
When a child begins to show signs of being ready for toilet learning, we will happily work with you and your child. We have a package of information on toilet learning for you, and will be happy to answer any questions you might have. If you think your child is ready, talk to us. We want to work together and make this learning process as happy and successful as possible.
For those who wake up early we have a Wakers’ Program in the playroom. There are quiet activities set up for the children to explore as they wake.
When children are first toilet learning, 4 to 6 sets of pants, underwear or training pants, extra shoes (we strongly recommend sandals or easily washable shoes for the toilet learning times!) and socks will be needed.
Children need to be prepared to go outside at all times with boots, jackets, hats, sun screen, etc., according to season.
We have three basic rules in this program: safe bodies, safe feelings, and safe equipment. By providing a play-space with fewer restrictions and rules, we believe that the children are more in control of their environment. It is a place that truly belongs to them. This in turn creates a room full of happy children, happy families and happy Educators.
We also encourage you to share any adventures your child may have had over the weekend, anything you notice that they may enjoy sharing with their friends at day care, any new developments or struggles and any special talents that you would like to share with our program. This helps us provide responsive programming that is meaningful to the children.
|9:30||Diapering and Toilet Learning/Outside activities|
|11:00||Lunch and Socializing/Hand Washing|
|11:45||Bathroom Routine/Free play|
|1:30||Waking up/Bathroom routine/Free Play|
|5:15||Activities Tidied/Dressing for departure|
* Please note this schedule is a guideline only and subject to change based on the needs of the children.