Toddler

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18 Months to 30 Months (2 1/2 years)

We offer a wide variety of experiences as each child learns at their own pace. Toddler rooms are divided into several areas: Dramatic Play (dress up, etc.), Block & Construction (cars, trucks, building toys), Quiet (books, etc.), Creative (arts and crafts), Sensory (sand and water play), Cognitive (puzzles, stacking/sorting toys), Science and Exploration (nature, magnets, etc). Toddlers receive daily reports about sleep, diaper changes and meals, in addition to monthly calendars outlining fun experiences.

We feel that communication between parents and teachers is important.  At the end of each day, you will receive a written report outlining what your child ate during the day, how long he/she slept, and toileting routines.  There is also a space to relay any messages or special activities.  Verbal communication at the beginning and end of the day is also important.  Please share any pertinent information with us that may affect your child’s day such as illness, whether your child slept well, had breakfast, etc.  We will call you during the day if your child begins to show any signs of illness.  We encourage parents to call during the day when their child first starts, if they have a concern, etc.  A calendar is sent home at the beginning of each month.  This outlines activities for the upcoming month.  Each child has their own portfolio which is reviewed with you monthly. We also do parent teacher meetings at least annually.

We offer a wide variety of experiences for the children as each child learns at their own pace.  Some of the areas that we continually work on are:  expressing their feelings verbally as their language develops, self help skills such as washing, dressing, tidying their toys as they are finished playing, etc.  Most Toddlers are still in the stage of parallel play.  We encourage them to share the toys with each other but this is difficult as they are just beginning to realize that there are other people in the world who also want to use the toys and equipment.  We use positive reinforcement and encouragement and tend to ignore some of the negative behaviour as long as it is not endangering any of the other children.