Children 12-23 months will be given whole milk, unless the child’s parent/legal guardian and health care provider have submitted a written request that the child be fed low-fat milk or a non-dairy milk substitute. At 24 months they switch to 2% milk.
- Toddlers think with their bodies.
- They must have an ample supply of age-appropriate, stimulating toys and equipment for development, both physically and intellectually.
- A toddler’s day will consist of eating, sleeping and unstructured play with a minimum amount of time spent in structured group activity.
- Toddlers accumulate at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day through games and movement activities such as marching with musical instruments, music songs accompanied by physical action (the Hokey Pokey for, example), or acting out stories with lots of vigorous movement. A minimum of at least 60 minutes is provided for unstructured, vigorous play.
- Children this age need role models in order to learn appropriate speech patterns, so they need to spend lots of time talking to adults and listening to books, records and tapes.
- Toddlers need lots of love with firm nurturing guidance. They can be very self-centered at this developmental stage.
Please feel free to bring a toddler’s security blanket or stuffed toy for use with quiet/nap times.
- Sleeping occurs in designated area on individual sleeping mats.
- The sleeping area is open and easily monitored by both visual and auditory means.
- Sleeping mats are stored stacked away from any usage except sleeping.
- Old toddlers are not required to nap, but may if they or their parents/legal guardians wish for them to. They will have time to quiet down and regroup reading a book, using a more sedentary quiet activity, watching educational programming, or appropriate video.
“Toilet learning” is discussed with individual parents/legal guardians as the need arises. Country Fun Child Care does not believe in pushing a child, but in letting each go at their own pace. Before learning to make use of the toilet can even begin, a child must be able to communicate their needs verbally and able to undress themselves, in regards to their pants. Toilet learning is not about the adult taking responsibility, but the child accepting and enjoying this very grown-up responsibility. Pull-ups or diapers will be required until two weeks without an accident.