T O D D L E R P R O G R A M
T O D D L E R P R O G R A M
Our Toddler Program serves children aged sixteen months to three years. At Little Learners, the toddler classroom is set up for small group learning to foster each child’s quickly improving cognitive and motor skills as well their newly developing sense of self. Our curriculum offers the children the opportunity to learn and extend their language, cognitive, fine motor, gross motor and social & emotional skills while supporting their growing independence. As the toddler group matures, concepts such as number and letter recognition, learning through music, sports & physical games, and artistic expression with the goal of preparing each child for transition to our Preschool Program.
Our toddler room teachers
• Are CPR certified and First Aide trained.
• Observe each child’s activities to help assess development milestones
• Communicate daily with families to provide a consistent support system between school and home.
• Help children learn to communicate their feelings and develop self-control to foster strong social & community skills.
Toddler Child Care Daily Schedule
Arrival and Greetings
Children and parents are greeted by the care giver. The care giver and parent will exchange information about the child’s night and give any special instructions for the day.
Students sit and go over the days of the week, letters, numbers, months of the year and nursery rhymes with their teachers. Doing this every day helps the children build language.
Personal Care Routine and Snack
Toddlers are given the opportunity to use the toilet and/or changed. After which, they all sit together and are served morning snack.
Gross Motor Play (Outdoor Play / Gym Play)
Children go outdoors, weather permitted, or stay indoors and dance, do yoga or play with gross motor building toys.
Creative Art / Activity Centers
Projects that coincide with the weekly or monthly theme are worked on by all children. They also work in centers which can include sensory, gross motor, dramatic play and blocks.
Music & Movement
Children will dance and jump to music while learning, singing, and listening to their favorite nursery rhymes.
Developmental Activities / Manipulative Play
Small groups of children enjoy time reading with their teacher or playing with manipulative toys such as sand/water table.
Potty Break / Clean-up / Lunch
Toddlers are given the opportunity to use the toilet and/or changed. After they all sit together and are served lunch.
Children are laid down for nap. Teachers play soothing music and rub the toddlers’ backs if necessary.
Afternoon Snack / Daily Needs Routine
As the children wake up, they are given the opportunity to use the toilet and/or changed. After which, they all sit together and are served afternoon snack.
Toddlers are given the ability to choose their own center. They may choose from centers including, library, manipulatives, blocks, coloring and sensory.
Outdoor or Indoor Gross Motor Play
Weather permitting, the children will go outdoors to play with age appropriate toys or stay indoors and dance and sing or play with gross motor building toys.
Toddlers are able to play quietly with their friends as parents arrive. Teachers will go over each child’s day with the parents prior to dismissal.
Areas of Development – Toddler Program
Fine Motor Skills
Manipulating small objects, building, writing
Gross Motor Skills
Walking & running, intro to group sports activities
Social & Emotional Development
Learning community socialization and expression of emotions
Language / Literacy & Math
Development of listening, speaking, letter & number identification
Imaginative play & role playing, music & singing, drawing