(2.5-3 years)

Our Preppers classroom provides a warm, nurturing environment where each child is encouraged to embrace and build on their developmental strengths in an intentional teaching environment. As children exit the toddler phase of their lives and begin to develop as preschoolers, our classroom is prepared to guide them through this journey.

Our Preppers classroom has two primary caregivers including a lead teacher and an assistant teacher. The classroom follows a 1:8 teacher:child ratio. The focus of each primary caregiver is to provide intentional teaching moments to meet each child’s individual needs as well as leaving room for planned activities. Because Preppers are learning more complex thinking and understanding, the teachers keep their day moving by planning plenty of activities in all developmental areas and make them exciting, fun, and hands on. We are able to create strong bonds, build quality relationships, and foster each child’s growth.

Our Preppers classroom is equipped with developmentally appropriate materials and equipment to enable the children to learn and grow. While the majority of learning takes place in the classroom, we continue learning outdoors twice a day where children will be able to use all senses by seeing, touching, hearing, smelling, and taking in all of the outdoor experiences. We also take walking trips to learn about the world around them on our nature path.

Because communication is the key to keeping parents involved and aware of their child’s development and growth while at the center, we will provide the following:

* Frequent conversations between teachers and parents either in person, by phone or email.

* Monthly newsletters about activities in the classroom and around the center.

* Parent/teacher conferences three times a year to discuss child assessments of development and growth.

* The opportunity to develop relationships between the classroom and the families through our family events and activities.

* Our center’s open-door policy which allows parents to visit at any time and spend time in the classroom.

6:30-9:15 am

Greeting Children and communicating with parents. Open choice time and reading. Breakfast will be served.

9:15-9:30 am

Large group time- Participating in activities lead by the teachers with the whole class. Activities may include; daily board, music and movement, large motor games, listening and following direction games.

9:30-9:50 am

Small group time- Children will participate with a small group of children in activities to help develop individual developmental goals.

9:50-10:50 am

Indoor choice time, sensory and art exploration, and manipulative toys.

10:50-11:50 am

Outdoor play (weather permitting).

11:50-3:15 pm

Lunch will be served then transition into nap time. Quiet activities will be provided as children wake up. PM snack will be served

3:15-4:15 pm

Outdoor play (weather permitting).

4:15-4:45 pm

Large group time

4:45-5:00 pm

Small group time

5:00-6:00 pm

Indoor choice time and reconnecting with families as they pickup.

We do ask parents to provide the following for the day

* DIapers; disposables or cloth with wet sack

* Potty training underwear and plastic pants when appropriate

* Wipes, plastic container to store then refill packs

* Diaper creams, sunscreen, and bug spray

* Two sets of extra clothes

* Nap blanket