All children learn differently and we like to present them with different opportunities to explore their own path to learning. We offer various activities throughout the day, including building for fine motor skills, outdoor play for gross motor development, sensory play for children to touch, squeeze and pour different substances and art exploration where the children can scribble, paint or glue to create their own works of art and much, much more.

Activities at this age are really only limited by our grown-up imaginations. So we also look for those teachable moments where our kids' emerging personalities lead the way and start to show us the amazing discoveries they are making in this world every day! Whether it's recognizing colors, shapes, sounds, laughter, jumping, rolling, hugging or simply observing each other. They really do start to make friends at this early stage and it's such a magical thing. We also really pride ourselves on helping our toddlers begin to hone their self-help skills, such as drinking from a regular cup, toilet training and more.

Toddler Program Goals

  • To provide a safe, loving and caring atmosphere
  • To provide a joyful and enthusiastic approach to encourage learning about the world around them
  • To meet each child's physical needs
  • To establish the foundations of respect for others, increasing sharing and social development skills
  • To establish the foundations for learning how to use equipment and materials
  • To increase language development, vital at this stage
  • To provide a variety of materials on the shelves at the child's level
  • To provide ample opportunity for gross motor skills development
  • To provide a variety of activities that introduce curriculum areas of art, science, cooking, social studies, dramatic play, manipulative activities, language, large motor, music and movement
  • To be supportive of parents: encouraging involvement and open communications between them and our staff
  • To develop skills of independence and create a feeling of confidence, building self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment
  • To provide activities in smaller subgroups, in order to give each child more personal attention and prevent under-and-over-stimulation

Example of Toddler Program Schedule

Schedules vary slightly for each location and depending on the season. We keep all parents and caregivers up-to-date through regular communications kept in a folder with your child's name on it. 

  • Diapering schedules are individualized based on arrival, and "Toilet Time" is only for those children and parents who are ready to try or simply interested in familiarizing themselves with the Toilet
  • Outside time is based on weather conditions, but we try to get outside for fresh air whenever possible! 

7:30 - 8:30  Morning Exploration (Children explore different toys with teacher guidance)
8:30 - 9:00  Diaper Changing / Toilet Time
9:00 - 9:15  Snack Time
9:15 - 9:30  Circle Time (Singing songs, finger plays, movement)
9:30 - 10:15  Group Activities (Art exploration, sensory, dramatic play)
10:15 - 10:30Water Break
10:30 - 11:00  Playground (Large motor play)
11:00 - 11:30  Stories and Diaper Changing / Toilet Time
11:30 - 12:00  Lunch
12:00 - 2:30  Nap Time & Lullabies
2:30 - 3:00  Diaper Changing & Brushing Teeth
3:00 - 3:15  Snack Time
3:15 - 4:15  Outside Activities
4:15 - 4:40  Diaper Changing / Toilet Time & Snack
4:40 - 5:30  Afternoon Play, Story Time, Music Fun