At Riley Crossing Child Care, we have two toddler classrooms. Young Toddlers, known as the Tadpoles, are between 18 months and 24 months of age. Our Older Toddlers, Speckled Frogs, are 24 months to 33 months old.
At Riley Crossing Child Care we use a research-based curriculum called Mother Goose Time to provide developmentally appropriate and effective experiences for young children. The toddler curriculum will nurture caring relationships with children and help them express their feelings. It offers sensory-rich play that invites children to explore their imaginations through art and drama, investigate our world and problem-solve new challenges.
A Day in the Life of a Riley Crossing Toddler
Arrival Time: As toddlers arrive, they hang their jackets and backpacks in their cubbies with the help of mom or dad. Then it’s a hug and a kiss goodbye. Some days it is hard to say goodbye, so it might require extra hugs and reassurance from the teacher. Other days they run to join their friends already playing in one of the many learning centers that are set up to foster children’s sense of wonder, exploration, and development.
Learning Centers: Teachers set up the classroom for exploration and messy play all with the understanding that toddlers learn through hands-on experiences. Our room is designed with child size sinks, equipment and cubbies for them to develop self-help skills. The Learning Centers include art, construction, discovery, dramatic play, language, music and movement. Teachers support the toddlers’ play by encouraging cooperation, language development and sparking their imagination during Learning Center time. help our toddlers grow in their new skill
Mealtimes: At Riley Crossing we serve breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. After washing their hands, the toddlers sit down at their toddler-sized tables to enjoy a meal prepared on-site by our child care chef. Mealtime is a time for role modeling how to use utensils and dishes and a time for socializing between the children and teachers. Toddlers are taught how to put away their dishes and wash their hands and faces when done eating.
Circle Time: During Circle Time the toddlers sing songs, listen to stories, practice counting, talk about the weather and have discussions about topics from our monthly theme.
Potty Breaks: This is a very important part of the day for toddlers who are potty training. Even toddlers in diapers are learning about potty training through conversations with their teachers and other children. There is lots of excitement in a Toddler Classroom when one of the children goes on the potty! Potty time happens throughout the day as needed by the child. Our children who are in diapers are changed every 2 hours or as needed before that time.
Large Muscle Time: This is a time to develop walking, running, climbing and balance skills. At least twice per day toddlers will have time outside either on our playground or our beautiful and secure Intergenerational Park. If there is inclement weather, they will play in our large motor room filled with scooters, balls and room to run. We also include different activities with our “Grandfriends” at Riley Crossing Senior Living to help our muscles such as yoga, walks, Simon Says or dancing.
Nap Time: Toddlers transition to nap after lunch and potty time by curling up with a blanket from home on their cot and listening to soft, relaxing music. Children nap for one to two hours, depending on their needs. Early risers may get to go for a walk to the Senior Living side to visit with their Grandfriends.
Intergenerational Activities: Children will have special time with their Grandfriends in our classroom and on the senior side. This time allows us to develop our new language and social skills with our special Grandfriends in storytime, music, art activities, and fun science exploration
Parent Pick Up Time: This is a time to communicate with your toddler’s teacher about their day, see your child interacting with other children and get that hug you have been waiting for all day! And for some toddlers, it may be a sad time because they don’t want to leave their toys and friends at Riley Crossing!
Behavior Management: Here at Riley Crossing, we believe in the positive behavior management model. Toddlers are a curious group and want to learn through touch. Through guidance, role modeling and redirection, we work with the children to develop key social-emotional skills to help turn all behaviors into positive, learning experiences.
Our experienced toddler teachers are here to nurture, support and encourage toddlers as they develop self-help skills like dressing and potty training. Toddlers are naturally curious about their environment and our teachers help them to explore and learn new things. The teachers plan activities for large group, small group, and individual learning. They offer a balance of teacher-directed and child-directed activities as well.