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Our Toddler Program

Our Toddler Program

Each day theories and principles of constructivism, social constructivism, and the highly regarded Reggio Emilia Approach inspire our faculty and staff. The Toddler Room is filled with activity. Children join in song, stories, discussions, investigations, discovery, and play. They get to know one another, learn to work together, constructively resolve conflicts, and grow.  

At Voyagers’, toddlers are seen as children with interests, ideas, and rights. Educators view each child as a source of inspiration and delight. Toddlers thrive in our Toddler Program.

As infants move into toddlerhood, they are more mobile and rapidly growing in their language development. Small “conversations” are taking place among the group, and they are experiencing the broader world in a whole new way.

Playing indoors and outside, with natural materials, such as sand, water, mud, leaves, wind, and light provides them with first-hand knowledge of their surroundings and how things work.

Now that they are upright and walking, they experience life from a new perspective. Imagine what a difference this makes for these little ones, as they explore and carry on their investigations! They are interpreters, inventors, and idea makers, and always on the go.

Toddler walking outside in boots and a raincoat


Professional Inspirations

Voyagers’ toddler program is inspired by the Reggio Emilia schools in Italy, along with the study and work of many early childhood notables including Margie Carter and Deb Curtis – Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers.

Our Toddler Classroom

Toddlers are 10 months to 2 years. Children are welcome to this classroom based on their age and readiness, and following conversations with parents.

Child to Staff Ratio

Toddler 6:1

Voyagers’ Toddler Care Approach

Positive, caring relationships are at the heart of our toddler program. Relationships are built between teachers and toddlers, among the small group of children and with preschoolers and early elementary students. With so many people invested in each child’s well-being, there’s no doubt they will learn. We do not just oversee children we are with them in their exploration, play, and development of knowledge.

In Our Toddler Room

Parents Discover:

  • Experienced and responsive teachers who focus on each toddler.
  • A flexible and responsive environment designed to give young voyagers' the chance to move freely and explore their world.
  • A fenced in yard with climbing areas, a mud kitchen, a sound garden, an organic garden, and plenty of places to discover bugs, flowers, and frogs.
  • Soft seating and structures for climbing, pulling up, walking, and developing gross motor skills
  • Sand/water tables for early sensory development
  • Instruments, art supplies, magnifying glasses, bug boxes, and blocks,
  • Trains and trucks, multicultural dolls, and manipulatives for rich language and social development.
  • An extensive picture book library
  • Teachers as Co-researchers and Caregivers

Teachers as Co-researchers and Caregivers

Active play is each toddler’s way of practicing how to be in the world. Toddlers in play are continuously learning, developing new skills, seeking out information, and gaining knowledge. The availability of multisensory materials, along with the teacher’s gentle guidance, facilitates each child’s inquiries and investigations.

The teachers watch, listen and document each child’s ideas and theories as they go about their daily routine. Teachers are active observers who reflect on what they learn about children’s interests. Only then do they make plans. These plans allow, within safe limits, for children to discover, create and share.

Every human being, whether child or adult, seems to require significance, that is placed in another person’s world.

(Laing, Self And Others, 1969).

The Environment

As in all Voyagers’ classrooms, the environment is yet another teacher that provides what children need and seek in order to continue learning. The toddler room offers challenges and opportunities for collaboration and connections. Children find possibilities in a variety of materials and experiences that include sensory, art, music, nature, and motor activities.

Partnerships with Parents

Our teachers communicate with parents about each toddler’s current state of development and daily progress as he or she rapidly grows. This reporting is accomplished through the use of an online portfolio supported by Seesaw. This portfolio follows each child through each year of schooling at Voyagers’ Community School.

Separation

Reggio Emilia’s “Inserimento,” which translated means “settling in,” is the approach our teachers take as they introduce both parents and babies to our environment. The teachers learn as much as they can from parents about each toddler's personality, routines, and needs. To accomplish this understanding, they allow time for parents and infants to separate and to become acquainted with the new surroundings. Our goal is for both parents and infants to feel comfortable during this first separation.

Schedule / Time / Connections

The routine of the day is predictable, but flexible so that toddlers know what to expect. There is a “child rhythm” embedded in the routine, so each child’s needs and interests are always at the forefront.

Children are given plenty of time to explore and play throughout the day. A gentle routine of free play, circle time, songs, rhymes, and games are accentuated. These little ones explore both in and outdoors. They are not rushed from one activity to another.

Our toddlers become more deeply engaged in play and discovery experiences when they have the time to do so. Routines, such as sleeping and eating, are given careful attention and considered another part of the curriculum.  Providing rich materials, building relationships, and being present for each child, creates a secure, safe nest in which toddlers can grow and flourish.

Enrollment Options

The Toddler program is open Monday – Friday, from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, with morning, afternoon, and full day options. We also offer before and after care, and Lunch-Time Fun. Families use our program in a way that best suits their schedule.


School Days

Day TypeHours
Full Days8:30am - 3:30pm
Mornings8:30am - 12:00pm
Afternoons12:00pm - 3:30pm
Lunch-Time Fun12:00pm - 1:00pm
Before Care7:30am - 8:30am
After Care3:30pm - 6:00pm