Ages and Ratios
Our Toddler Education Curriculum is designed to be an engaging environment for children ages 18 months to 2 ½ years.
Our staff are trusted partners in providing high quality care. The ratios in our Toddler programs are 1 staff : 5 children.
The Education Curriculum goals are:
- To provide the children with an enriched environment conducive to exploration and independence by utilizing and developing their senses
- To encourage children’s feelings of competence by giving them opportunities to experiment and problem solve
- To support children’s growth and foster a sense of autonomy by ensuring flexibility and choice
- To develop children’s self-esteem by ensuring that they feel valued, respected, and cared for as individuals
- To encourage the development of positive social skills and life skills
- A smooth transition to the Preschool program. This includes learning skills to be successful once they graduate, through visits to the new classroom to participate in different routines and activities.
Our Education Curriculum is designed to meet the developmental needs of all children in the program, including social, physical, intellectual, creative, emotional, and self-concept within a safe and nurturing environment. Regular observations of your child’s development and a complete portfolio of their “work” supports our efforts to get to know your child and plan for their individual needs and interests. Your child’s portfolio is accessible to you at any time, and we find the collection of work to be very supportive during parent / teacher interviews which are held annually. These interviews are a fantastic collaboration opportunity to discuss your child’s progress within the program and update on any new information.
Education Curriculum is planned to stimulate each child through a variety of developmentally appropriate activities developed using Nipissing Developmental screens.
We encourage warm social relationships to develop through interactions with adults and other children.
Toddlers are at an age where they are becoming more independent. Life skills programming is an important part of the toddlers’ day, and toddler teachers can help toddlers with their new-found independence.
We recognize that children are active partners in their own learning and parental collaboration is encouraged and welcomed at all times.
Room Set Up
The Toddler program has learning centres (also called interest or activity areas) which combine materials and equipment around common activities. Learning centres can include art, manipulative, dramatic play, sensory experiences, blocks, music, science, books, cooking, and a variety of other areas. In addition to the planned Education Curriculum activities, a variety of play equipment, toys, and materials are offered. Learning centres allow children to make choices from a range of available, developmentally appropriate activities. A curriculum which utilizes learning centres helps to meet and respond to the needs of the children.
Nipissing District Developmental Screens or Progress reports are completed for each child to monitor that the children are meeting developmental milestones. Teachers will inform you of how your child is doing regularly. These screens can also be accessed by your Family Doctor.
The schedule for Nipissing Developmental Screens to be completed on each child are when they reach the following ages: 2 years / 30 months.
As your trusted partner we want to keep the lines of communication open. Our staff are committed to maintaining regular daily communications with you. At the beginning and end of each day your child’s teacher will want to meet with you briefly to discuss anything pertinent about your child’s day including special activities, programs, developmental success and any incidents or concerns.
We encourage you, in partnership with the centre to provide any relevant information to the centre staff about your child while at home (sleep patterns, last meal, behaviour/moods, etc).
Communication sheets detailing events of your child’s day are available for your review daily, and will be sent home at the end of each week.
Meal and snack time provide excellent learning opportunities for children. While eating with others, children explore their five senses, develop healthy eating habits, as well as positive social and language skills.
All of our lunches and snacks are catered by Food for Tots, who specialize in nutritious meals for children, preparing food substitutions for allergies and food restrictions. Food for Tots menus follow the Canadian Food Guide and are approved by a Registered Dietitian. Please visit www.fft.ca for additional information.
Diapering & Toilet Training
Each child will have two cubby areas to store clothes and diapering items.
Toddler diapers are changed at least every two hours, and as needed throughout the day. Parents are required to provide the centre with enough diapers and wipes to properly care for their child’s needs each day.
Your child will begin to be introduced to toilet training when they are developmentally ready.
In the Toddler program there is a scheduled group “nap time” after lunch each day. This quiet rest period is approximately 2 hours long and children who wake early or do not sleep will be provided with quiet activities.
Weather permitting, the toddlers will go outside for up to two hours each day (one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon).
They may go out for a neighborhood walk or use the toddler playground.