Young Toddlers (15 months to 2 years) – The most important thing for a young toddler is to feel safe and secure in their environment. Although the classroom is filled with toys and soft climbing structures, a teacher who can offer nurturance is the most valued aspect of their world. Because the young toddlers are very egocentric at this age, activities are geared less around group time. More time will be allotted for free play and individual attention.
Older Toddlers (2 to 3 years) – As toddlers become two, the world is theirs. Children begin to socialize more, and enjoy being part of a group. Teachers recognize that two year old wants to try everything themselves. With this age group, the children are able to work on many new skills. These include dressing and undressing, improving on eating, potty training, (when the individual child is ready), and all aspects of self care. Children are able to handle the routine of the classroom, and begin to make choices for themselves. This is a time of exploration.
A typical day in the life of our toddlers is a busy one. Mornings are filled with the following activities:
- Free Play – With a teacher’s guidance, we help a child learn to make independent choices and thereby gain self-confidence. Each child learns to use materials appropriately within a structured setting.
- Arts and Crafts – Included in the daily activities to encourage the expression of each child’s natural creativity. They involve such materials as paint, glue, crayons, paper, play dough and collage.
- Music and Story Reading – These periods provide an environment rich in language. Songs and stories are chosen which reinforce the weekly theme.
Outdoor Play is offered daily, allowing children to run about, swing, climb and ride tricycles.
- Dance – Classes offered each week. Children participate in creative movement.
- Music – Classes offered once each week with our music specialists. Children are encouraged to sing, dance, and explore rhythm through the use of instruments.
- Meals – First Path Day Care Center provides two healthy snacks each day. Children bring their lunch from home.
- Time – Each child is assigned a cot to rest on within their classroom. Parents are asked to bring in a crib size sheet and a light blanket to keep at school.