Toddler Programs

A Sandbox Toddler is a Well Loved Toddler

Caring for your child’s health, safety, feelings of security and trust is the most important crucial responsibility of the Sandbox Staff and the families in Sandbox care. Sandbox toddlers are 15 months through 23 months of age.  Preschool and day care are available at all schools for this age group of children.

The goal of the toddler program is to provide homelike care in such a way that growth and “well being” is nurtured throughout the day, ensuring safe, close, secure relationships.

A SANDBOX TODDLER WILL FEEL:

1.       Comfort in connecting with a trusted staff.
2.       An expectation that his/her needs will be met.
3.       An assumption of his/her right to move, explore and express emotion.
4.       Understood in expression, communication and needs.
5.       Encouraged in interaction and exploration of the environment.
6.       Facilitated in social interaction and peer relationships.
7.       Comfort in the developmentally appropriate activities.

GOALS:

1.       To be safe and free from harm.
2.       To feel comfortable and secure in a well planned environment.
3.       To prepare the way for future learning with interesting things to do.
4.       To open the door to educational opportunities, experiences, and lots of language.
5.       To maximize the learning appropriate for this developmental age.
6.       To enable the child to develop a confident attitude towards self.
7.       To move and control their bodies with growing confidence.
8.       To know the child is unique, important, loved and can be successful.
9.       To expose the child to the joys of social interaction.
10.    To develop warm and trusting attitude towards others.
11.    To begin self-help skills and love of learning.
12.    To nurture that wonderful, perceptual, and persistent curiosity.

CURRICULUM:

  1. Freeplay – is planned in a stimulating environment allowing exploration, experimentation, and problem solving.
  2. Music  and Finger Plays involving action and interaction, socialization and self-awareness.
  3. Early Readiness involving increased vocabulary phonological awareness, letters, number and, patterns, are introduced.
  4. Motor Development –movement for large and small muscles encouraging body awareness, coordination and flexibility.
  5. Snack – a time for social interaction, good manners, proper procedures and getting to know about healthy foods.
  6. Art Awareness – introductions of  color, size, shape, as well as introduction to many wonderful materials and tools used in creative art.

CLASSROOM ORGANIZATION:

Toddlers are divided into small groups, designated by stages in development.  The groups move from one learning activity to another in a stimulating and prepared environment, within the confines of one room.

SANDBOX KNOWS THAT:

1.      Positive toddler care prepares children for future success in school and life.
2.      Toddler “well being” is strongly related to, and makes a difference to other areas of development.
3.      The toddler brain, which still develops at an astonishing rate, is directly influenced by the quality of relationships.
4.      A toddler environment should be set up for a little one to feel successful.
5.      Parents and caregivers should help little ones be understood and emotionally involved in their world.
6.      Doing things with children has emotional relevance.
7.      Children must be allowed to express feelings openly.
8.      Parents and caregivers encourage children to be aware of other feelings and interests.
9.      Parents and caregivers need to offer empathy to children to validate their feelings.

Parents and caregivers must accept the fact that negative emotions create an opportunity for closeness learning.