TODDLER PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT
Our goal in the Toddler Program is to create an environment that provides a safe, warm stimulating atmosphere which promotes the growth and learning of each developing child. Through a stimulating curriculum we focus on fostering critical thinking, problem solving and curiosity in all our toddlers. Through the five domains (HDLH & ELECT): social, emotional, language (literacy), cognitive, and physical we encourage children to develop positive relationships with their peers, to strengthen their self-help skills and to explore and experiment in an environment that is safe, challenging and respectful. Communication, self-regulation and conflict resolution skills are an important part of the learning experience. Through reflective teaching practices our goal is to support children as they move through their toddler years. We are committed to our families and feel strongly that working in partnership with you and our community your children will develop the skills for success. We achieve this by creating a non-judgmental, respectful and trusting relationship in which there is continuity between home and childcare setting. Our goal is that each toddler will easily adjust into the toddler program knowing their surroundings, educators and expanded enrollment family.
Toddler Program is planned according to the age, needs and developmental growth of each child. Each program has a daily schedule and a seasonal calendar which provides the children with a consistent routine, maintains healthy order and helps children feel secure and safe with its predictability. The toddler program provides children with the opportunity to explore and learn in all developmental domains (physical, cognitive, social, emotional and self help) by offering the children stimulating choices based on their interests in active/quiet play; indoor/outdoor play; self-directed and structured activities. Consistent routines like hand washing, toileting, snack/lunch times and sleep/rest/quiet times are punctuated throughout the program schedule.
Young toddlers have more physical care and diapering routines that are met and discussed with parents daily. When toddlers physiologically begin to show signs of readiness to toilet learn, this is encouraged fro families to initiate discussion with program educators and begin planning the best course of action for the developing toddler. Specific checklists record information from parents and educators to best plan for the toileting strategies that parents wish to explore for their child.