Our Toddler Program

Our toddler program begins at 16-18 months and runs through 32 months. We understand this is a big age range, so we have two classes for the toddlers. As a general rule, toddlers move to the older room at 2 years of age. Each room is licensed for 14 children and the staff ratio is 1 to 7.

This is a time for discovery and exploring. Children are learning about their own personality traits, each at an individual level. Our theme-based curriculum is used by our teachers when planning your child’s daily activities and includes: a monthly theme, nursery rhymes, colors, numbers, and letters. At this age, we start learning about the date, and day of the week. Children get the opportunity to do art projects, play outside on the playground, and take advantage of indoor, large muscles play area. Our little toddler friends have a very busy and active day, so we know that, after a nutritious lunch, a nap is very important.

What We Believe About Toddlers

Learning to be a toddler: my exploration.

Like infants, toddlers also use their senses and motor skills as a primary way of learning about the world. Therefore, we continue to provide them with many sensorimotor experiences to enhance their exploration. However, as children progress through toddlerhood they start to rely less exclusively on sensorimotor, and begin to also develop mental representations of their actions. In other words, they begin to use symbols to represent their worlds. This is best marked by the explosive, rapid acquisition of language at this age. Toddlers become able to use their language to describe to others what they are experiencing. That’s why at Little Acorns we also commit at large portion of our toddler program to language development. We provide many opportunities to practice and explore language including a print rich environment, time for one-on-one personal interaction, and an introduction to sign language.

The toddler years are also a time when children begin to develop a sense of autonomy and begin to see things from their own perspective. This is time when children teeter between doing things for themselves and relying on others to do for them. We care for them in this stage by providing assistance when they still need our help and support and encouragement as they venture to do for themselves. During this new autonomy stage we also support them in their increase of interaction with others. We set them up for a future of healthy and successful peer relationships by stopping fighting before it starts and providing supervised, positive social experiences.