Toddlers (18 - 36 months)

Toddler Daycare in Cheektowaga NY

Toddlers are developmentally and emotionally ready to begin to participate in semi-structured activities. Children of toddler age are rapidly developing their social and language/pre-literacy skills.  Watch Me Grow’s toddler room schedules are designed to allow toddlers to develop early language/literacy, cognitive, social and fine/gross motor skills. Our toddler schedules are designed to be flexible in order to adjust to the children’s needs and interests, and to ensure that they are actively engaged in their environment. Daily routines also promote self-help skills and provide a safe and loving environment for our toddlers to grow.

Curriculum

Each toddler Lead Teacher develops curriculum specifically for their classroom. This allows curriculum to be developed specifically for the interest and developmental level of the children in that class. We never use “center-wide” curriculum like many other centers. Teachers develop their curriculum around a weekly theme and all activities relate to that theme. Each and every day contains a language, science, art, math/cooking, music/movement, and fine/large motor activity.

Daily Schedule

6:30 – 8:15

Arrival
Children greeted by faculty and engage in free play.

8:15 – 8:30 Transition
Clean up, toileting, diapering, and hand washing.

8:30 – 9:00

Morning Snack
A nutritious morning snack is served.

9:00 – 9:15

Transition
Clean up, toileting, diapering, and hand washing to prepare for the morning activities.

9:15 – 11:45

Morning Activity
Children participate in semi-structured activities related to a weekly theme. Daily art, language, science, math, cooking, movement/music activities.
Circle Time
Children participate in teacher-directed activities.
Free Play
Children self-select activities in the classroom learning centers, gym, or outdoor playground.
Enrichment Programs
Children, based on age, participate in some or all of our enrichment program.

11:45 – 12:00

Transition
Clean up in preparation for lunch

12:00 – 12:30

Lunch
A nutritious lunch is served to the children

12:30 - 12:45

Transition
Clean up in preparation for nap time.

12:45 - 1:00

Story/Quiet Time
Children listen to a story or look at books to prepare for nap. Teachers will also play soft music and rub backs to help children relax.

1:00 - 3:00

Nap Time
Children nap or rest quietly.

3:00 - 3:15

Transition
Clean up, toileting, diapering, and hand washing.

3:15 – 3:45

Afternoon Snack
A nutritious afternoon snack is served to the children.

3:45 - 4:00

Transition
Clean up from afternoon snack.

4:00 - 6:00

Afternoon Activity
Children participate in structured or semi-structured activities.
Free Play
Children self-select activities in learning centers, gym, or outdoor playground.
Departure
Children are picked up based on parent’s schedule.