Our toddler program offers a world of sensory learning, socialization and care. Each day children explore the world through their unique tactile experiences, touch, smell, taste, listen, dance and sing. We encourage our toddlers to enjoy ooey-gooey play all day!
At Peacock Family Center, toddlers age 1 to 2.5 years are assigned a consistent caregiver who follows the child through the classrooms providing a secure attachment figure for optimal development. Links with family and home culture are valued, and are integrated into our child care program for each child.
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 rise to their playful moments as needed. For naps, their are surrounded with soft music and calmed with back rubs. Toddlers play outdoors 2-3 times a day, everyday and enjoy our gross-motor development play room as well. 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.
As with the infant program, three areas of intentional “educaring” are employed:
- In daily care giving tasks, such as meals and diapering, the caregiver is specifically trained to interact in an attuned way that is respectful and encouraging of a child’s participation and development of skills and autonomy.
- The classrooms are designed so that each child can explore, experiment, and develop gross and fine motor skill safely, developing his or her own self-direction and motivation.
- Caregivers practice daily dedicated observation time — the caregiver observes each child and records activities and development, laying the basis for objective, supportive and responsive caregiving.