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Toddlers

Toddlerhood spans from 16 months to 33 months of age as defined by MN DHS. This is an exciting period of tremendous growth and change for the child. Mobility and acquisition of language during this time allow the toddler to start to develop a sense of independence; moving from the stage of total dependence as an infant to becoming a more self-sufficient individual. During this transitional period, toddlers experience naturally occurring conflict between the desire for autonomy and the need for adult care and support. Our staff works to provide consistent routines, reasonable boundaries, and adult guidance to support their developing competences and identity formation.

Daily Schedule

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Arrival in the foyer. Children and parents are greeted by staff members. Parents and teachers work together to make the transition from home to the Center as comfortable for the child as possible. Rituals are often established for the child to say good-bye to their parent(s) (like saying good-bye at a certain window, or reading a book with parents before they say good-bye, etc.) Children are then helped by staff to become involved in an activity in the Foyer (like sensory play, reading books, or choosing a manipulative off the shelf).

8:35 AM – 9:25 AM

Breakfast & health checks. Older and Younger toddler groups separate at this time and eat breakfast in their classrooms.

9:00 AM – 10:10 AM

Diapering, creative expression, self-directed learning, and small group activities. Children are taken to the bathroom in small groups to be diapered, while other children are involved in various planned activities in the room with the rest of the teaching team (e.g. Painting, play dough, music, shelf toys, and dramatic play.)

10:10 AM – 11:24 AM

Outdoor time on toddler playground, walks, play at Van Cleve Park

OR

Multi Purpose Room, large motor play

10:30 AM – 11:25 AM

Indoor time that involves a variety of activities, including use of the Bungalow Play Castle and Foyer, extension of free choice activities, and teacher directed activities. Diapering takes place just prior to lunch.

11:25 AM – 12:00 PM

Lunch. The toddlers sit at low, toddler-sized tables and are served lunch family style. Children learn to eat independently, try new foods, stay at the table, drink from a cup, and bus dishes to a bucket at the end of the meal. Positive social interaction between children and staff is just as important to the mealtime process as is the nourishment provided by the food.

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Quiet play and preparation for napping, toileting as needed.

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Naptime. Children sleep on low, toddler sized cots. Soft music is played and staff gives back rubs to children who want this done.

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Wake up, diapering/bath rooming and quiet play. All children are awakened between 3:00pm and 3:15pm.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Snack

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Outdoor play or play in the classrooms/foyer (dependent on the weather). A teacher directed activity is planned, either indoors or outdoors (e.g. Painting, sensory play, music and movement). Diapering is done again.

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Departure time. Both younger and older toddler groups merge in the foyer or outside. Self-directed learning and departure rituals occur at this time.

+ Multi-purpose room and outdoor schedules may change from season to season.

+ Time is allowed for transitions between activities.

+ Times may vary slightly due to the toddlers needs.