Toddler Daily Schedule
Ages 15-33 Months
(Or when they are ready!)
Toddlerhood is reached when a child begins walking and actively exploring the world around him/her. As toddlers develop their own wishes and plans, their new environment allows trying new things and repeating the old. The Tireless Toddlers thrive in a program that promotes self-direction and also introduces concepts and language through a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Toddlers like all people are very different; therefore each child will be supported uniquely in reaching their developmental milestones.
Active learning occurs when toddlers actively engage in their environment. Daily activities are designed to foster this active learning by allowing toddlers to explore with all their senses. Activities and materials introduced will allow toddlers to practice their emerging gross and fine motor skills and to choose activities or materials that excite and induce curiosity. Your toddler's day is designed to support their growing ability to communicate ideas and feelings, develop a sense of their own needs and how they can meet these needs, and finally, to form close bonds with others.
As toddler children become developmentally ready, we incorporate individual and group time into each day. During group times the toddlers come together for songs, books, felt board stories, finger plays and other fun social experiences that are planned and prepared by the teachers. This 'circle time' serves to promote the children's increasing language expression and comprehension through listening and participating. Having a daily schedule with a routine provides children both a sense of predictability and security.
As a toddler's language undergoes dramatic changes, children are encouraged to use their language skills often. We cherish the opportunity to witness toddlers begin to realize the importance language expression can have on their environment. They can communicate their needs, likes and dislikes, as well as their ideas and feelings. As supporters of this discovery, our teachers model words and phrases and provide time for toddlers to use their words. In time toddlers develop a sense of self-efficacy through language as they communicate with us and each other.
Toddlers especially enjoy using their growing motor skills when accomplishing tasks on their own. Our routines at meals and transitions provide ample time for toddlers to meet their needs independently.
To respect the individuality of each child
To provide a safe, nurturing, stimulating environment for toddlers
To provide a quality child care/child development program that complies with state guidelines and regulations
To promote responsible parenting practices
Encouraging awareness of other's feelings
Encouraging the use of words to express needs
Following simple directions
Listening and responding to stories
Building self-esteem and tolerance
Encouraging independence in eating, cleaning-up and dressing
Encouraging child to indicate needs in socially acceptable ways
Identifying objects and people
Sorting and classifying objects
If ready - identifying colors, shapes, numbers and letters
Developing large motor skills through outdoor play
Developing small motor skills through finger-plays, coloring, and painting
Developing music skills through songs, finger-plays, rhythm instruments
7:00-8:30 Quiet Morning Activities
9:00-9:10 Clean Up
9:10-9:20 Circle Time
9:20-10:00 Centers (Potty Time/Diaper Check)
*potty time for toilet trainers is every hour from arrival
10:00-10:15 Story and Discussion Time
10:15-11:00 Large Motor/Movement Activity
11:00-11:15 Small Groups
11:15-11:30 Music and Movement
12:00-12:15 Diaper Check/ Potty Time
12:15-1:00 Large Motor/Outdoor Free Play
1:00-3:00 Rest Time
3:00-3:30 Wake Up, put away mats and blankets, Potty Time/ Diaper Check
4:00-4:45 Outdoor Free Play
4:45-5:10 Diaper Check/ Potty Time
5:10-6:00 Free Play and Clean UP