Toddler Classes (16-36/Mo):
Commonly know as Reflective Practice, our teachers are trained to step back and look at the relationship between how one feels about a situation, what led to the situation and what possibilities there are for the future.
Social Development, a sense of self and others, is enhanced as the toddler builds the capacity to engage in communication and interactions with others. Our program offers many opportunities to share and problem-solve in a variety of ways, from our family-style meal and snack times to the freedom to move about in the environment making independent choices.
Motor Development goes way beyond the skills of crawling and walking. Motor skills emerge along a similar trajectory for all children, and it is our belief that in this area we are most likely to see signs of the child meeting milestones or areas where there may be of concern.
Cognitive Development begins the day the child is born and we see continuous growth in learning along the way. Providing opportunities through objects that make noise when shaken, that cause interesting and varied reactions when dropped or banged together, simple and safe dials, knobs and latches and objects that support discoveries are all included as part of our learning environment. The teachers prepare the environment so that the child is able to choose what she or he needs to help solve problems and enhance expectations, but also to learn about physical spaces.
Emotional Development in a child care center happens when secure relationships with those who provide for their care and a safe haven to return to when tired, frustrated or afraid. Our staff knows that these attachments happen only when it’s a safe, welcoming space for all children to learn and develop. During the toddler years, a lot of things can happen to bring stress into a child’s young life; whether that’s changes at home, at school, in health and in wellness, it can all impact a child’s development.
Language Development happens as both infants and toddlers rely on adults who care for them as partners in building new brain structures. When children hear or see others talking, they closely attend to the patterns of sound and hold these in memory as new brain paths develop. Our staff understands the importance of new language accusation during these first three (3) years of life. In this stage, children take in everything from songs and rhythm to facial expressions and gestures by watching and learning. By offering consistent opportunities through music, storytelling and conversations during caregiving routines, children engage in all aspects of language development. This includes listening skills, giving labels to things in the environment, making sounds that form words and learning about body language and facial expressions.
Communication between home and school helps provide understanding of the events that could alter behavior patterns very suddenly. At Omega Nine CEC, we use many different means of communication between school and home, including our Brightwheel App Program that allows staff to contact parents via cell phone and email, and also for parents to contact the school the same way. Constant updates and sharing build positive relationships between parent, child and school for a bigger, brighter future for every child whom we care.