The Toddler Class

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Toddler Program

Toddlers are active explorers who thrive with minimal intervention by adults. They eagerly try new things. Toddlers want to be independent. They have a strong sense of ownership. Teachers are available when direct help is needed. Each child is allowed to enjoy the mastery of his/her own actions. Our classroom provides a balance between a toddler’s conflicting needs of security and their need for independence.

Toddlers learn with their whole body. They learn by touching, mouthing, and trying things out for themselves. They love carrying items, filling up and dumping them. We provide an environment that is physically safe, intellectually challenging and emotionally nurturing.

Toddlers are working on:
  • Developing trust in their world. Teachers help children learn healthy separation
  • Self help skills: eating, drinking and dressing
  • Expressing their needs and interests with increasingly complex language
  • Discovering for themselves how the world works

Our program is individualized to meet the needs of each child. We observe each child’s unique ways of communicating (gestures, facial expressions, words, cries and movements) and respond appropriately

We understand that learning takes place through the routines of the day - diapering, eating, going outside. Teachers are unhurried during the routines of the day and respectful of individual toddler needs.

Daily Routine for Young Toddlers

7:30 - 8:30
Children who arrive are in the 2 year old classroom. Children choose activities to do - puzzles, books, table toys

8:30
Young Toddlers go into their classroom. We read books and have dramatic play, dolls, kitchen area, until breakfast is served,

9:00 - 9:30
Breakfast is served family style.

9:30 - 10:00
Activities include art, music, water play, cooking. These depend on children's' interests. (Diapers are changed as needed)

10: 00 - 11:00
Outdoor play, weather permitted** This includes balls, hoops, bikes, sand table, chalk drawings.

11:00 - 11:30
Diapers are changed, children read books, dance before settling down for lunch.

11:30 - 12:00
Lunch is served family style.

12:00 - 2:45
Rest time.

2:45 - 3:00
Children wake up on their own. Diapers are changed as children wake up.

3:00 – 4: 00
Outdoor play**

4:00 - 4:30
Snack is served.

4:30 - 5:00
Activities in the room - music, stories, playdough, manipulative

5:00
Toddler’s and Two’s join together (Playdough, stories, music, manipulative)

5:00 - 5:30
Children play in the 2's until they are picked up.

** Weather permitted - if weather is inclement play is in the all purpose room or classroom

Rutina Diaria Para Los Niños Pequeños

7:30 - 8:30
Los niños que llegan entran al aula del los 2 años de edad. Los niños eligen actividades, rompecabezas, libros, juguetes de mesa.

8:30
Los niños entran en su salón de clases. Leemos libros, juego dramático, muñecas, área de cocina, hasta que se sirve el desayuno.

9:00 - 9:30
El desayuno se sirve estilo familiar.

9:30 - 10:00
Las actividades incluyen arte, música, jugar con agua, cocinar. Estos dependen del interés de los niños ". (Pañales se cambian según sea necesario).

10: 00 - 11:00
Jugar al aire libre, el tiempo lo permitía ** Incluye pelotas, aros, bicicletas, mesa de arena, los dibujos de tiza.

11:00 - 11:30
Se cambian los pañales, los niños leen libros, bailan antes de sentarse a almorzar.

11:30 - 12:00
El almuerzo se sirve estilo familiar.

12:00 - 2:45
Descanso.

2:45 - 3:00
Los niños se despiertan por sí mismos. Los pañales se cambian al ellos despertarse.

3:00 – 4: 00
Jugar al aire libre. **

4:00 - 4:30
Snack se sirve.

4:30 - 5:00
Actividades en la sala de música, cuentos, plastilina, manipulado.

5:00
Los ninos pequenos y las dos se unen entre sí (plastilina, cuentos, música, manipulador).

5:00 - 5:30
Los niños juegan en el aula de los ninos de 2 anos hasta que sean recogidos

** El tiempo lo permita-si es el clima inclemente los ninos jugar en la habitación de todos los efectos o en el aula.
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Become a Volunteer


The Five Towns Early Learning Center offers volunteer opportunities for members of the community. Volunteers from NCJW, Peninsula Section are an integral part of our program, coming weekly to work with the children. High-school students and those who need community service, can find volunteer opportunities here. If you enjoy being with young children, are interested in reading stories to children or would like to share your talents with us, please call the Center at 239-4660. Our volunteers find that what they get out of the experience for exceeds what they give.

How To Donate


Your generosity has a direct impact on the lives of young children. The Five Towns Early Learning Center is a not-for-profit (501c3) organization which depends on support from foundations, government agencies and individuals to fulfill its mission. Your donation is tax deductible in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service.

Five Towns Early Learning Center
112 Wahl Avenue
Inwood, NY 11096
Tel: (516) 239-4660
Fax: (516) 239-4910
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