Toddlers 18 - 36 Months

  • Toddler Classroom Toddler Classroom

    Toddlers Ages 18-36 months
    Each toddler will have an individualized schedule as needed. The following activities will be included in degree and quantity as age-appropriate:

    • Nurturing
    • Self-selected activities
    • Diapering/Toileting
    • Morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack
    • Naps and resting
    • Music, circle games, story time, and art activities
    • Language, small motor and large motor activities
    • Outdoor activities


    Remember to Bring:

    • Diaper/wipes supply
    • Box of tissues
    • Two (2) changes of clothing (size and season appropriate, including socks). All extra clothes and outerwear must be labeled with child's name.
    • Please provide a security object(s) such as pacifiers, favorite blanket or stuffed animal. (Security objects should also be labeled with child's name.)



    As children grow and mature, they go through stages that manifest some trying behaviors. One of the first of these stages is biting. The peak time for biting is between 13 and 30 months of age and is mainly the result of children not being able to verbalize their thoughts and feelings. We at the Child Care Center are aware of this trying time and have developed several techniques and routines to prevent and reduce incidents of biting.

    According to the Journal of Pediatric Health Care at least half of all children enrolled in Day Care settings bite during the 13 to 30 months of age span. Please keep this information in mind when enrolling your child in the Infant/Toddler classrooms. However, we do consider biting to be a health and safety concern.
    If our efforts to prevent and reduce the incidents of biting are not effective and a child is in need of 1:1 attention from the staff because of the frequency of biting, we will consider suspension or withdrawal from the program until the child can safely rejoin the group. The Early Childhood Coordinator will request a parent conference to address the issue.


    Toilet Training

    Our licensing requires that diapered/non-toilet trained children must receive care apart from toilet trained children. When enrolling Toddlers in the program, we anticipate they will be toilet trained and move to the Preschool Room when they turn three. We understand there are developmental differences among children, however because of licensing rules and space availability in the Toddler Room (to allow for movement from the Infant to Toddler Room), please make every effort to toilet train by your child’s third birthday as diapers or pull-ups cannot be worn in the preschool class. Children enrolled in group care need to demonstrate toileting independence on a consistent basis at age three. Accommodations shall be made for children with special needs.


    Toilet training can only be effective if the child wants to learn and has consistent, positive encouragement from adults. When parents notice that their child understands the process of using the bathroom, is confident and unafraid to sit on a toilet seat, is having dry diapers or pull-ups for longer periods of time, and/or is indicating they need to use the bathroom—then toilet training usually begins at home.

    When you begin training at home we ask that you inform the staff and begin sending your child in pull-ups so we can also begin taking them to the bathroom. Only the children that are in the process of being trained are the ones that are helped onto the toilet. Other children may accompany the group in order to maintain the required staff:child ratio in the room.

    Children are taken to the bathroom roughly every two hours or if they ask to use the bathroom. Group care situations do not allow for more frequent trips to the bathroom. Staff will make every effort to help children learn toileting routines while still maintaining the schedule and activities of the room. As toilet training is a process, accidents will still occur and are dealt with accordingly. No child is ever scolded or shamed about toileting accidents. Please make sure there is an adequate supply of pull-ups and extra clothes kept in your child’s cubby. Clothing should be manageable for children, such as sweatpants or similar elastic waist pants.