We spend the day engaging in individual activities around each infant’s (6 weeks to 18 months) needs. Our caregivers nurture and guide the children by providing them with emotional and behavioral support and by offering the children a variety of opportunities to grow and learn naturally. This includes ‘belly time’, exercise time and outside exploration. Our caring staff works one-on-one with each family to ensure a smooth home and center experience. Every child develops at a different pace and has different sleeping and eating patterns. We work with parents to develop a schedule that best suits the child. We value all parental input and welcome daily visits.
The toddler program encompasses children from roughly 19 to 36 months. We spend the day engaged in developmentally appropriate activities such as gluing, painting, listening to music, and playing with tunnels and slides. Our qualified teachers plan daily schedules to meet the needs of each individual child while at the same time fostering an atmosphere where the children interact with each other and develop socially. The children are encouraged to learn, grow and play with the assistance of their caring teachers. At the end of each day, children receive a daily note to communicate the details of their day to their families.
There are several areas of child development that may be difficult for your child. Potty training need not be one of them. First, potty training must start with the child’s family at home. Though we are here to help start a routine and develop a skill, the effort must first come from the parents or guardians.
Generally, we find that around age 2, children begin showing interest in using the potty. We bring diapered and already potty-trained children into the potty together. Flushing can easily be made into a fun activity! There should never be any pressure on a child to use the potty, and the majority of children ease right into it. We use praise or sticker charts, and when we feel a child may be ready; we will encourage you to purchase training pants—special underwear to try at home. We will not under any circumstance pressure a child into using the potty. It is a struggle where everyone loses. As children become more proficient at using the potty, we encourage them to clean themselves. By the time they are ready to enter the preschool room with other 3 year olds, they should be able to clean themselves after a bowel movement.
As your child matures, we will all decide when he/she is ready for the next room. At this point your child should be fully potty trained, have some basic self-help skills, and be ready for more structured activities. We will gradually transition each child through this period.