Now Enrolling Toddlers!
The period with the highest brain development and learning is from ages zero to 5. Everything toddlers do teaches them something about the world. In their play, they are learning about spatial relationships, rhythm and movement, cause and effect, and language development. They are also learning about themselves and the world by how their caregivers respond to them. When caregivers respond to their needs, children are learning that people are trustworthy; and when we play with a child, they are learning they are important.
Peacock’s toddler program offers a wide variety of learning, socialization, and care. Our teachers observe each child’s individual needs, then plan activities to encourage development. Each day children explore the world through their unique experiences: touching, smelling, tasting, listening, dancing, and singing. The Peacock Teaching Team encourages our toddlers to learn through play every day!
At the C. Keith Birkenfeld Early Childhood Development Center, special attention is also given to the unique emotional needs of toddlers as their world expands and their understanding of “me” and “other” develops. We envelop them with warmth and compassion in sad times and meet their playful moments as they arise. During naptime, the children are surrounded with soft music and calmed with back rubs. Toddlers play outdoors 2-3 times a day, every day. One-on-one time and a quiet space are always available for a child who may need a break from the stimulation of group activities.
Three areas of intentional care include:
- Teachers dedicate time daily to observations, recording each child’s activities and development. This practice lays the basis for objective, supportive, and responsive caregiving.
- In daily caregiving tasks, such as meals and diapering, trained staff interact in an attuned way that is respectful and encouraging of a child’s participation and the development of skills and autonomy.
- The classroom spaces are designed so that each child can explore, experiment, and develop gross and fine motor skills safely while developing their own self-direction and motivation.