A more regular pattern of events is provided for this age group, with ample time for children to choose their own activities within that structure. A typical sequence for the day involves:
- Arrival: focus is on starting the day well, with attention for each family and child and help with adjusting to separation.
- Independent play with access to small and gross motor areas, dramatic play, art materials, building, etc., as well as a hands-on project (arts and crafts, nature objects, puppets, etc.)
- Clean up and snack time.
- Circle time: Group sharing, song, story or thematic conversation, all designed to foster language development, listening skills, self- awareness and group identity
- Outdoor time in playground, or a walk
- Lunch time
- Nap/Rest time
- Independent play, and snack
- Self-directed quiet activities with adult help as needed, intended to help each child unwind at the end of a busy day
Our teachers are experienced and, in each of our three programs, at least one holds a degree in early childhood education. In the infant and toddler program, our ratio is one teacher for every three children. We have a ratio of 1:7, or often less, for our preschoolers.