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Each lead teacher develops a lesson plan for the following week to be approved by the director. Children are eager to discover new things. Each program is specially tailored to challenge each individual at their level - based on a full day at the child development center. Our goal is for each child to be prepared for the high standards of the school system.
(Maximum 1:4 Ratio)
Program designed primarily for attention, affection, and development of motor skills. The infant program will vary from one child to the next based on information and instruction from the parents.
Feeding - as determined by parents
Changing - as needed & checked at least every 2 hours
Naps - as determined by parents
Play time - all times child is awake and not eating
Toys - activity centers, blocks, nesting toys, connecting/coordination toys, language development games
(Maximum 1:5 Ratio)
The pre-toddler room is a transitional room to prepare children for the toddler room which has a more structured environment. A pre-toddler is an infant who walks more then crawls. Some pre-toddlers eat baby food, some eat finger food supplied by their parents and others eat snacks and lunches prepared at Essential Steps.
A separate nap area is provided to accommodate different napping needs. However, we do try to get all of the pre-toddlers on the same schedule because it allows them to do more activities each day. This also helps the transition to the Toddler room when the child is 18 months. Pre-Toddlers do have "class" every day. The staff works with the children on learning the parts of the body, sorting shapes, building with blocks, etc. The children also have storytime, art and music. These activites are not necessarily scheduled at a specific time but are accomplished at opportune times. The pre-toddlers have their own outside play area. They are taken outside once or twice a day whenever possible. They do not go out on particularly hot or cold days.
Daily program: (This is the schedule we aim to achieve so that the Pre-Toddlers can get the most out of each day)
6:00-9:00 am Breakfast & Storytime
8:00ish am Check/Change Diapers
9:00-9:30 am Outside (Weather Permitting)
9:30-10:30 am Juice/Water Break & Check/Change Diapers
10:30-11:30 am Mid-Morning Nap
11:30 am Check/Change Diapers
1:00 pm Check/Change Diapers
1:30-2:00 pm Outside (Weather Permitting)
2:00-2:30 pm Juice/Water Break & Check/Change Diapers
2:30 - 3:30 pm Afternoon Nap
3:30 - 4:30 pm Check/Change Diapers Afternoon Snack
4:30 - 5:30 pm Art and/or Music
5:30 - 6:30 pm Freeplay
(Maximum 1:20 Ratio)
Our philosophy with school age students during the school year is that the children have spent seven hours in a structured classroom; therefore, their time here should be spent in supervised play. A 15-20 minute quiet time will be provided upon arrival each day. This time is for students to work on their homework and wind down from their busy day. Students needing additional homework time may do so during freeplay or T.V.
Art & Crafts
Field Trips on School Holidays
arrival - 3:45 pm Homework/quiet play
3:45 - 4:00 pm Snack
4:00 - 5:00 pm Playground
5:00 - 6:00 pm Free Play
6:00 - 6:30 pm T.V. or Homework/optional
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