OUR TODDLER PROGRAM


Children in the Toddler Program at Quala Care are curious learners and we encourage them to actively explore the world around them!  They spend their days engaged in experiences that appeal to their senses.  Teachers provide children with experiences that allow them to play with different textures, to manipulate and touch items, to talk and sing with friends, and to smell and explore nature.

Since all of the children are now walking, teachers encourage our toddlers to strengthen their large motor muscles by climbing, running, bending, stretching, jumping and dancing!  Teachers also focus heavily on the development of fine or small motor skills.  Children in our Toddler Program are able to manipulate a variety of objects throughout the day, learning about them and their environment.

Language skills are starting to develop at a rapid pace during the toddler years and teachers in our Toddler Program work to foster this language development.  We love using basic Sign Language to give preverbal children a way to communicate and we're constantly helping the children put words to their feelings.  We sing songs, read stories, do finger-plays, and engage in conversation with the children throughout the day to expose them to the ever developing world of language.

As children progress through the Toddler Program, they become more interested in toilet training.  Once this interest is apparent in the child, teachers and parents discuss the beginning stages of toilet training and explain how this is fostered in the classroom.  The quickest way for toilet training to occur in children is through routine and consistency.  Children begin the initial stages of toilet training in the Toddler Program, however most are not ready to be fully toilet trained until reaching our Preschool Prep Program.

Starting to foster independence is a key element of our Toddler Program.  A phrase heard from many toddlers is "I do it!"  Children want to start doing tasks for themselves.  It is important for both parents and teachers to allow children in this stage of development the opportunity to develop their independence.  Once they begin to succeed at accomplishing tasks for themselves, they want to challenge of doing more.  Teachers in our Toddler Program understand the development of a child's independence and help foster this development in the classroom.  
High-quality early childhood programs for infants and toddlers promote healthy development and provide critical support to families.

During the first years of life, the brain goes through some extraordinary changes.  These first years are critical to your child's development.  We understand that fostering optimal development requires responsive interaction and lots of love!  Our daily routine incorporates learning activities along with plenty of one-on-one tender time.  Quala Care offers the warm, nurturing care your baby needs to grow and thrive!

OUR INFANT PROGRAM


The Infant Program at Quala Care starts taking care of babies as soon as they have had their first set of shots.  Depending on your pediatrician, that's usually between six and ten weeks of age.  We recognize that transitioning babies to center care is a big step (often harder for parents than children) and we do everything in our power to make the transition as easy as possible!  You are always welcome in the classroom and if your schedule allows, we encourage you to drop by to visit and play.  The small teacher/child ratio of 1 teacher to every 3 babies enables us to give lots of personal attention to the developmental needs of each child in the classroom.


During your baby's week at Quala Care, teachers will focus on the development of the whole child.  Our curriculum activities are specifically designed to help your children grow and learn.  Each weekly unit contains five activities that foster fine motor development, auditory processing, visual discrimination, letter and word awareness, phonemic awareness, math and number awareness, gross motor development, and social/emotional development.


At the Center, we try to keep the babies on the same schedule you have them on at home.  Since each baby is different, our teachers will base their daily curriculum upon the needs and routine of each child.  Parent/teacher collaboration is a key ingredient in the success of our Infant Program.  Each day, parents and teachers will discuss the daily schedule of each child.  Parents will be informed on eating, diapering, and sleeping routines as well as the daily curriculum that each child is engaged in.  This parent/teacher collaboration will be at the heart of each child's personal care plan.

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Each child has their own crib at the Center and we provide the linens which are changed daily.  We encourage parents to bring in the same mobile they have at home to help their babies feel comfortable.

Parents are responsible for bringing in all of the diapers and wipes for their babies as well as everything their baby eats and drinks during the day.


Our staff have been trained to support breastfeeding whether you're sending in pumped milk or work close enough to the Center to come over for feedings.