Our Toddler Program
Magical things happen after a child celebrates their first birthday. Once a vulnerable infant, this young toddler is now ready to take on the world. Our toddler program is designed to accommodate all these exciting milestones and foster this new-found independence.
Building Confidence and Developing Learning Skills
This program builds on the fine and gross motor skills being developed during the first year allowing for exploration and play in a safe, responsive setting. Teachers listen attentively, talk through routines, and are sensitive to the types of activities that engage the child's attention to cultivate new, complex thinking skills.
Our HighReach Learning Curriculum for Toddlers assists teachers in planning toddler experiences that build on what toddlers know and what they are intrigued with. Teachers set the stage for opportunities that develop a sense of wonder and curiosity and inspire more learning.
We regularly hear that teachers love teaching the monthly investigations like Trucks and Big Machines
and Wings and Things That Fly
Each month teachers receive:
- a Learning Experiences Guide full of engaging activities for children, complete with a materials list and implementation strategies
- new displays for their classroom
- a story book and conversation cards to inspire creativity and imaginative thinking
A Typical Day for Teachers and Children
Children thrive on having routine, structure, and consistency...and so do teachers! Each classroom’s daily structure and routine will vary depending upon the school hours, teacher schedule, and children’s needs; particularly as children grow and mature under your leadership. However, some best practices and principles will be in place:
- Children and teachers will actively play and learn together! Every moment at Childcare Network is a teachable moment - early morning, throughout the day, and in the late afternoon. Teachers and children will maximize every opportunity with planned experiences all day long.
- Our classrooms are arranged in learning centers and children are free to explore. This time allows the children to practice decision-making skills, use creative thinking, and develop and reinforce concepts.
- Routines are important, too. Toddlers and teachers enjoy three snacks/meals together each day, and toddlers rest every day. (Teachers can use rest time for planning so they always know they are ready for what is to come.) Of course, toddlers and their teachers spend time together diapering and handwashing, too. Clean and healthy care is crucial to keep everyone safe.
Partnering with Parents
Teachers work closely with families about developmental accomplishments and prepare daily progress reports. We also know that teachers want to create a successful and positive partnership with parents, so parent/teacher conferences are held. This is the teacher’s opportunity to share children’s progress with parents and assist the parent in setting goals for learning at home.