Happy Kids

Toddlers

12 Months - 3 Years

Full Day Hours 6:45am-6pm

1/2 Day Hours 9am-12:30pm

3/4 Day Hours 9am-2:45pm

Toddlers are ready to explore the world around them.  He knows that words stand for things.  You will see our caregivers on eye level with your toddler, making eye contact when speaking, and showing excitement in his efforts to communicate.

Baby Boy

In the Loop

A parent’s input and partnership is a vital component to your Toddler’s day.  Knowing your child’s temperament, how you discipline at home, knowing when your child gets frustrated and what will make them happy, creates a continuity of care that is instrumental in helping your child deal with inevitable tantrums, learning to cope in difficult situations, identifying feelings, and even potty training.

Educational Component

Daily Activities & Curriculum

Country Kids uses the Connecticut Guidelines of the Development of Infant & Toddler Early Learning, Connecticut Preschool Curriculum Framework as well as the Connecticut Kindergarten Common Core State Standards as the foundations of our curriculums.  All teachers contribute to creating and implementing planned activities for the children in their classroom.  This will be done during paid planning time and at weekly room teacher meetings.  Planning will also be done during the children’s rest times.

Our staff understands that your toddler now begins to think in more complex ways.  Your child will find hidden toys, has a better memory, and tries new ways to solve problems.  We know your child is able to remember what someone else did and repeat it sometime later and become more familiar with stories, and remembers sequence and details.  You will see a room filled with toys and games for opportunities to play with interesting and challenging materials-things that encourage manipulation, interaction, and the need to figure things out.  Things such as blocks, puzzles, water and sand, a variety of art materials, large beads to string, and plenty of room for pretend play.  You will see caregivers singing songs and repeating finger plays, and having your toddler in her lap reading.  But most of all you will see your child’s caregiver always talking to your toddler because through practice your toddler will become aware of the power of language.

 

The toddlers have their own playground and indoor gym time to support large motor development by creating lots of space to climb under, over, inside of, on top of, and around.  And to laugh.  Lots and lots of laughing.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know Country Kids is the

personal place for my toddler?

Q: Does my child have a primary caregiver?  

A: Yes, this is very important for continuity of care, and for your child to feel safe.

 

Q: Can my child choose from a variety of toys and materials in the classroom?

A: Yes.  There are Centers for art, block building, dramatic play, manipulative. sensory activities and a reading  area.

 

Q: Am I given any communication about my child every day? 

A: Yes.  Basic Information about eating, napping, outdoor time and special activities are on a written daily report, and the teachers are always available to talk to you.

 

Q: Do my opinions about the care of my child matter?

A: Yes. They are imperative.

 

Q: Are there staff who are first aid and CPR trained? 

A: Yes. Full time employees.

 

Q: What is my child’s routine? 

A: You will see it posted in the classroom.  It is a combination of active and passive, and  that are flexible to the children’s interests and moods. Outdoor time and gym time are an important part of each day.

 

Q: Is my child’s work displayed around the room?

A: Yes. With the child’s explanation of what it is for the beginning of understanding print.

 

Q: What self-help skills are being taught?

A: Dressing, undressing, washing hands, cleaning-up

 

Q: How does the classroom help with potty-training? 

A: Our staff will finish what you begin and give you tips along the way.

 

Q: How does the staff facilitate language? 

A: Everything your child does during the day is an opportunity to expand speech.

 

Q: How is my child disciplined? 

A: Our staff praises good behavior, maintains eye contact and redirects your child.  Tantrums are common at this age, and our staff knows how to guide your child through them.

 

Q: But what happens when my daughter/son cries for me? 

A: Comforting your child is the most important job your caregiver will have.  They understand that at Country Kids “treating them like your own” is what we do.