Early Toddler Program
About the program
Our Early Toddler program provides an environment of constant wonder. We will be with your child as they transition through each new phase of their development. The Early Toddler classroom features a low teacher-child ratio of 1:4. In order to better meet the needs of your child, we provide daily activities in the following categories:
Infant Sign Language - continued
Very own playground
...and much more!!!
It is with pleasure that we, the staff in the infant program, welcome you and your child to our room. We are committed to our program and we try to respond to the changing needs of each child. You will be leaving your infant in a safe, comfortable environment, designed to stimulate and love them during all levels of their development.
Transition to their Second Year
Once your child has hit their first year milestones, we work with families on setting new goals, in accordance with Creative Curriculum standards, for their upcoming second year. At this point in their development, your child will sit at a small table with three other friends. They will practice manners during meal times as their language develops. During group time and learning-play time, we will harness that language development by encouraging words to be used when their emotions begin to emerge.
Smooth Transition for Your Infant to the Toddler Room
Your child may move to the Toddler program any time after 16 months of age – or when they are developmentally ready. We begin preparation for this in various ways. We encourage the use of child sized tables and chairs for meals. Group time becomes more structured to facilitate listening skills and a comfortable routine for these little ones. Art expression is used frequently in every room, but the skill begins at this developmental stage now that hand-eye coordination has been established through meal time. Play times on the Mover and Crawlers/Toddler playground become more frequent. Most importantly, we introduce plenty of visits with new teachers and children to make the transition more comfortable for you and your child.
Daily Parent Communication
We’re passionate about facilitating full communication between parents and our team of teachers. Two-way communication at this age really supports consistency for your child. In order to do this, we maintain daily sheets for each child which allow us to document information about your child's day and note changes of behavior or diet as they occur.
Nutritious and Healthy Diet
Here at World Around Us Child Care, we always strive to ensure a healthy and balanced diet. Our in-house cook, Linda, prepares and serves two meals a day (breakfast and lunch), as well as afternoon snacks accommodating everyone's needs. We are able to offer substitutions if necessary. We focus on buying high quality products and follow USDA food & nutrition guidelines when it comes to creating the weekly changing menu. View our latest one here!
We encourage children to sample new foods and to at least taste what is being served. However, we allow the child to choose how much or little they want to eat in accordance with USDA recommended portions.
We are more than happy to chat with you about specific requests you might have due to allergies or intolerances, religious or cultural reasons, or special dietary needs.
State-of-the-art Security System
In order to make sure that your child is under constant supervision and to maintain a safe environment, we have installed a state-of-the-art camera security system which keeps track of every move of your child throughout the day in and around our facility. The camera footage is monitored by our staff at the front desk and in the office.