Welcome to the Toddler Room!
We would like to welcome you and your child to the Toddler classroom. This is an exciting time for you and your children. The Toddler room is a place full of activity. During this time of development toddlers are on the move- exploring their bodies through movement as well as through a variety of hands on activities and open-ended play experiences. Toddlers are encouraged to be active participants in their learning experiences. We provide an open area where the children can strengthen their development through various domains including physical, social, emotional, language, and cognitive and creative arts deveolpment.
As this age group continues to develop in their toddlerhood, the teachers work with the children to develop self-help skills, such as feeding themselves, putting away toys or helping a friend. This age is a time for refinement of each child's language skills, and teachers will foster such development. Teachers provide a language rich environment by continuously talking to the children and labeling what they see the children doing. Teachers talk through processes for children, such as diaper changes, to help the children learn new language, as well as help them understand what is going on around them. We have a structured schedule that helps to provide a consistent routine. The class follows a teacher developed curriculum that is developed using the interests and developmental needs of the specific children in the classroom. The children are offered a balance between teacher-directed and guided activities as well as a free choice exploration.
You will recieve an electronic daily report of your child indicating diaper time, quantity and comments about food, rest times and daily activities. We encourage you to speak with your child's teacher if you have any specific information you need to know about you child's day, so we can be sure it is included in the report. Lunch times will be put away and nothing will be thrown away, so you are able to see how much your child consumed. (Unless there is a safety issue or food can spoil easily). Please be sure to look over the supply list in the enrollment packet to know what items are suitable for the toddler room.
We support a collaborative approach in our classroom and we believe that you- the families, play an amazing and important role in tour child’s development and goal setting. Working together and consistency between home and school ensures a successful experience for all. We welcome dialogue when it comes to ideas and suggestions for the classroom as well.
Curriculum at Daycare at Dayspring is centered on each child’s individual interests and needs. We recognize the universal patterns and milestone of child development and strive to promote healthy development in all of our students. Our curriculum framework is based off of state recognized curriculum and developmentally appropriate practice. Our approach is based upon age appropriate practices which reflect the needs and interests of the children. We value the fundamental premise of early education; however the curriculum is created around each child as an individual, tailored to unique developmental capabilities, temperamental characteristics and learning styles. Our approach surpasses textbook developmental guidelines and is built anew each day to be individually appropriate to the changing interests, abilities and needs of children in our program.
It is very important that you label all items that your child may bring to school with them, clothes, cups, lunch bags and all its contents. This is to ensure that nothing is lost or mixed up.
Snacks and Lunch:
It is the families’ responsibility to include all snacks and lunch items. You may label all items in order to indicate which you would like your child to have. However be aware that we do not force children to eat food and will offer other choices from their lunch box if they are not eating something else. Please keep all food stored in their lunch boxes with an ice pack. All heated items will be heated for no more than 20 seconds, unless otherwise indicated. PLEASE DO NOT PACK ANY INGREDIANTS CONTAIN NUTS.
For rest time your child will have a cot, you are responsible for bringing in a crib sheet to fit on the cot, as well as any other rest items your child may need. Feel free to bring a child sized pillow and blanket. Your child may bring in one rest item. If your child has a pacifier, it is only during rest time they will be able to have them. Over time, we help support the phasing out of pacifiers- please communicate with us more if this is something you would like to discuss.
We have several points during the day when we offer children to try the restroom. We change diapers as needed, but also have specific times (see schedule) when diapering and bathroom is offered. We encourage children to begin to listen to their body signal and communicate with the teachers when they need to use the bathroom. Our goal is to instill independence in self-care activities, so we encourage children to use the toilet, wipe and put their clothing on with some support, as needed.
Toddler Schedule (Subject to change)
7:00 Good Morning! Arrival in Toddler Transition classroom
7:30 Separate, breakfast/ freeplay
8:30 Morning Welcome
8:45 Morning playtime
9:30 Cleanup & snack
10:00 Gross Motor -Playground or Gym
11:00 Circle time, academics, craft
11:30 Bathroom, small group activities: reading, play
12:00 Wash Hands & Lunch Time
12:45-3:00 Rest time
3:00 Bathroom/Wash hands
3:30 Toileting, Afternoon snack
3:45-4:30 Free Play, Gross Motor Movement
4:30 Combine with PTR
4:30-5:45 Toileting, Center choices, Outdoor time
5:45- Combine with TTR, Light playing, Reading
Classroom Monthly Supply Pool:
Full Time 5 Day Students: Part Time Students (anything less than 5 days)
- 4 Packages Baby Wipes - 3 Packages Baby Wipes
- 2 Boxes Tissues - 1 Box Tissues
- 2 Lysol Sprays - 2 Lysol Spray
- 2 Packages Lysol Wipes - 1 Package Lysol Wipes
When you bring in the supplies, be sure to label them with your child's name and the date. Sign and check off the months you are bringing these items in for on the monthly classroom list, so we can better keep track of who to notify if supplies are needed.
SUPPLY LIST FOR NEW TODDLER
- Ointment (whatever you use at home)
- Two (2) changes of clothes – seasonal
- Two (2) pair of socks – seasonal
- Hat – appropriate for the season
- Extra mittens (one pair should be attached to jacket with mitten clips).
- Shoes (extra pair to wear inside the classroom during winter time)
- Crib sheet for cot
- Blanket for rest time (pillow, soft toy .. whatever your child use at home to rest)
- Lunch box with ice pack to store food, we will microwave anything that needs to be heated.
- Sippy cups/water bottles etc- can store milk cups in fridge
- Sun screen – seasonal
- Bathing suite, towel & water shoes (seasonal)
- Winter gear- snow suit, boots, mittens (seasonal)
Please label all of child’s belongings