Toddler 1

We would like to welcome you and your child to the Toddler I classroom.  This is an exciting time for you and your children. The Toddler 1 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 development.

As this age group makes the transition from infancy to 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 prime time for children’s' language to start to unfold. 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 free choice exploration.

Please look at the clipboard posted outside of the classroom for information regarding activities and events of the day.

Parent-teacher relationships

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.

Child-based curriculum:

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 CONTAINING NUTS.

Rest time:

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.

Please bring:

  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Sippy cups and water bottles
  • LOTS of extra clothes, including socks, a backup pair of shoes and replenish outfits as needed and as the season changes.
  • Sunscreen
  • Diapers, ointment, wipes
  • Blanket, sheet, nap time buddy/ pacifier
  • Swim clothing for summer months; bathing suite, towel, hat and water shoes


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 I DAILY SCHEDULE (Subject to change)

 7:00               Good Morning/ Free choice  (Breakfast is an option for free choice)

 8:00                Learning centers/ Bathroom 

 8:15                Morning Prayer with Toddler 2

 8:30                Devotion: Prayer, Bible Lesson/ songs

 9:00                Free play / Bathroom

 9:30                Handwashing/Snack Time

10:00               Table provocations

10:20               Gross Motor Play

11:30               Lunch / Handwashing

11:45               Diaper Changing /Bathroom time

12:00               Rest Time

 2:00                Wake Up/ Diaper changing/ Bathroom

 2:30                Snack Time

 3:00                Center Play/Music & Movement

 3:30                Outdoor Play/or Art

 4:30                Diaper Changing/Bathroom

 4:30                Light Snack

 5:00                Welcome Toddler 2 friends- center/free play

 6:00                Goodbye-Center Closes

*please remember that all times are approximate and may change depending on the rhythm of each day


  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • 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