of North Austin
15111 Avery Ranch Blvd, Austin, TX 78717 • (512) 218-9669

Toddlers

 

At this age, children are meeting new challenges every day. Crawling, walking and eventually running are levels they accomplish in what seems like a blink of an eye. They are learning new social skills, and with that comes a new level of emotions. The Kids 'R' Kids toddler program is developed to provide hands-on activities that allow children to explore, inquire, and discover solutions firsthand. The Kids 'R' Kids Toddler Program develops the emotional and educational environment created in the infant suite. The curriculum provides hands-on activities that allow children to explore, inquire and discover solutions firsthand. As a toddler, your child is learning so many new and exciting things. From the early stages of crawling to those beginning steps, they have been experimenting and meeting new challenges daily. New social skills and emotions are developing during interaction with other children, resulting in a brand new phase of communication. Their activity level expands, and their mobility strengthens to the next level of development.  Our Toddler program follows a daily lesson plan in an effort to meet all your child's developmental needs. The lessons focus on building language, creativity, fine and gross motor skills, and social interaction. A written Daily Report is given to update each family on curriculum involvement, meal times, nap times, toilet training, and other daily activities. Our goal is for your toddler to mature into a preschooler ready, willing, and able to take the next step toward positive and healthy development.

 

At Kids  'R' Kids, we believe that children are our most precious resource and they must be lovingly guided, cared for and nurtured through each developmental stage. Our "warm and caring" atmosphere extends to helping kids say goodbye to the childcare center and to the children. Children leave the center armed with "hugs and kisses" from friends and teachers and invitations to come back to the center anytime.

 

To meet our children's needs, we take the time to get to know each child and then tailor activities to specifically address his/her learning needs. We use everyday life to stimulate and teach kids. For example, teachers talk about the temperature of the milk toddlers are drinking. We make the sign for “cold” as we ask toddlers, “Is your milk cold?”

 

We enjoy having a multitude of print-rich materials displayed at eye level. We have developed a series of artwork, ABC's, numbers, family photo and activity center labels and class projects photos. We use everyday items to stretch children's imagination and knowledge. For example, a cardboard box becomes a recycled truck and an opportunity to teach children the importance of recycling and the environment. We create a culturally focused curriculum. For example, during our daily routine and activities, we use sign language, speak Spanish, Hindi, Chinese, French and of course English.

 

We employ carefully developed themes of investigation and learning to excite children's curiosity, expand their horizons and enrich their learning. For example, a unit on animals for 18-24 months includes:      

Greeting time: Hide and find a stuffed animal inside a shoebox. ·      

Changing time: Pick an animal from a basket and act like it. Measure toddler's height on a Giraffe Growth Chart.      

Outdoor time fun: Toddlers take long steps like a tall giraffe and jump like a short kangaroo.

 

Toddlers love to play independently and enjoy teacher-initiated activities. We have eight different hands-on activity centers; Sensory, Transportation/Blocks, Science/Discovery, Manipulative, Home Living/Dramatic Play, Books and Music. We include parents and families as principal partners in children's development and care with daily sheets, weekly emails, family carnival and annual class parties. We make every effort to respect parents' culture, traditions and language. Ongoing observation, evaluation and program planning ensure program is responsive and sensitive to the needs of the children and their families.  

 

 

 

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