Young Toddlers - Schedule
Young Toddlers start out still quite dependent and rely on their parents and caregivers to provide them with individual attention. For this reason we will work with parents very closely to find each child's daily rhythm and work with you to regulate your child's patterns. The Young Toddler year at BCCC is a year of transitioning at the child's pace from an individual schedule to one that aligns with a small group of other children.
Arrival and Drop Off
Our day begins with parents tending to paperwork and helping their child settle in for the day. Parents are invited to sit with their child and speak with a caregiver about their child's night and share thoughts for the day. Once a child feels ready to transition to the floor or a waiting lap of a caregiver, parents depart and the day begins. The play yard is open for outdoor drop off during fall and spring.
Depending on each child’s schedule, the young toddlers may be freely exploring the room, being fed, diapered, interacting with an adult, being cuddled or held, rocked for a nap, or exploring the outdoors. These may be individual interactions between a child and an adult or be a small group of children all partaking in an activity together (gardening or digging for example).
Feeding & Meals
Young toddlers are fed on an individual schedule. They are held for bottles and participate in lap feeding for solid food. As they grow older they move into a small chair at a table for individual or small group feedings. Both lap feeding and table eating are conducted in the meal area so the transition from lap to table is stress free for a child.
Depending on their age and stage, young toddlers often take a morning nap at some point during the first half of the day although the times vary. Children who need a morning nap are rocked and sung to in a dark quiet setting until very relaxed and then moved into their mats for sleeping. The process of going down for a nap is individualized and continually discussed between educators and parents. The mats are set up in a sleeping area of the room so that mats are available for resting throughout the day. As the children grow older and move to one nap a day, a general nap time emerges for the group.
The young toddler group goes outside at least twice a day. In the summer we have a natural play scape which includes a grassy area, a sand area for digging, logs and stumps for climbing. In the winter we have sleds, a shoveled deck, and create a small hill for children to crawl on in the play yard. One of our understandings of young children's development is to offer them an opportunity to experience their new physical skills inside and out. We know that young children are kinesthetic learners – their exploration of their world is concrete, interactive, and investigatory. We strive to invite them to meet the challenges, opportunities and enticements through interaction with the outdoor world. The young toddlers in our program also enjoy the outdoors through walks in our neighborhood as a way of viewing their world. At BCCC, we will primarily offer them outside play time on our yard, with occasional walks when possible. For more information about our philosophy on play, curriculum and outside time please refer to our Family Handbook.
Much like the morning play, afternoon play consists of young toddlers exploring the materials in the room, learning to move their bodies and exploring the natural materials and toys that have been selected. The play space consists of many objects to pull up on, reaach and grasp, and manipulate. Infants are cuddled and sung to as well as rocked and read to individually or in small groups.
Departure & Pick Up
The day comes to a close inside theyoung toddler room as quiet activities are going on such as finger plays, books and songs as well as free play. Caregivers help the children transition back to their parents and information about the day is shared with the families.