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*For more information, please refer to the WECEC parent handbook, or contact WECEC.

7:00

Morning Arrival
Greetings, Children & Parents
Parent Check In - Night's Sleep, Illness, Concerns

7:30

Prepared Play - Free Play, Project Time

8:10

Prepare for Morning Walk (weather permitting)

8:45

Wash - Breakfast, Song, Rhyme, Letter Sounds

9:15

Toileting
Writing / Language Development - Free Play
Morning Message
Story Time - Big Book
Music / Dance
Prepare for Outside Play (weather permitting)
Outside Play

10:30

Wash - Toileting - Toothbrushing
Creative Expression - Numeracy - Shape
Preschool Room - Sensory Table - Organized Play

11:00

Free Play - Wash

11:30

Toddler Lunch

12:00

Naptime Routine

2:00

Toileting
Prepared Play

2:30

Wash - Snack - Drink

3:15

Prepare for Outside Play (weather permitting)
Playground play / Walk (weather permitting)

4:00

Inside - Wash
Organized Play, exploration and conversation
Classroom Visits


It takes large doses of trust, courage and innocence to repeatedly take on the world when you are less than three feet tall...but that's just what a toddler does! With assurances that adults will be there to guide and protect him or her, the toddler plunges into discovery of himself and his environment, with his world broadening as his mobility increases. The toddler may have trouble telling you all she learns, but she clearly communicates with smiling, babbling, crying, biting and hugging. The challenge for the adult caregiver is to read the communication cues and respond appropriately. Toddlers by nature are active learners and therefore need plenty of opportunities for hands on learning experiences. Being in a secure and consistent environment, with feelings of trust and competence in the caregiver, all lead to a loving and learning environment. When a child is given respect, guidance, support and encouragement practicing new skills (such as walking, talking, toilet training etc.) come much more easily.

Imitation: Toddlers are always watching! Modeling care, routines, empathy, friendship and love is a key in the toddler room.

Repetition: The old saying “practice makes perfect” has a lot of truth to it. Practice toddling leads to walking, practice with sounds leads to speech and practice with games leads to physical coordination and so on. There are ample opportunities for repetition in the toddler environment.

Interaction: Young toddlers usually interact very little with each other and engage in what we call “parallel play”, or doing the same thing, next to a friend or across the room from their friend. Parallel play is important and developmentally appropriate. As the child grows more secure and advances developmentally social interaction will flourish. The caregiver is present to scaffold, or move the child along in regard to social interaction.


1. Diapers, wipes, creams, ointments, powders and lotions
2. 2-3 extra changes of clothing - appropriate to the season
3. Lots of underwear and pants while toilet training!
4. Toothbrush and tooth paste
5. Bedding (fitted crib sheet, blanket, pillow and security item)
6. Slippers and sneakers (for outside play)
7. Appropriate clothes for outside weather conditions
8. Food and drink enough for 2 snacks and lunch
9. Swim diapers in summer months
10. Sunscreen applied at home daily beginning in Spring and in Stick/Solid form to be applied at Center
11. Boots, hat, and mittens for fall/winter months
12. Any other information you feel is applicable

At this age we strongly encourage beginning to toilet train your toddler. We do realize that a child will “train” when he or she is ready, some sooner than others. We will follow your lead - if you are training at home we will work on it here. If you are not training at home we will not take it on alone at school. Please let us know the “system” you are using at home and we will carry it over to school. Please be sure to bring extra clothing when your toddler is training!
**Soiled pants and underwear - Vermont state regulations state that diapers be wrapped and thown away and staff is to “remove child's clothing, put soiled clothing without rinsing in a plastic bag to give to parent.” This is the procedure that we must follow.

* For more information, please refer to the WECEC parent handbook, or contact WECEC.

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