Toddlers learn and grow at a very fast pace, and our Toddler classroom is designed with that growth and development in mind. Our teachers provide the children with hands-on experiences that enhance their development, while still providing a safe, secure environment and the individualized, responsive care that you have come to expect from Hester’s.

Safety and Security

We work tirelessly to ensure that your child is safe while in our care. Our front door requires a code in order to enter, so we know that anyone entering our building is authorized. We strive to meet and exceed state sanitation standards by cleaning and disinfecting all areas of the classroom throughout the day, including the toys that the toddlers play with, the cots that they sleep on, and all other areas of the classroom.

All of our teachers are certified in Infant/Child CPR, First Aid, and have received training about SIDS. They have also undergone state-mandated background checks.

Responsive Care

Toddlers are learning to explore their world with more independence, while needing and expecting a stable support from caring adults. Our staff work to ensure that your growing toddler receives the care and attention they need while providing support for their development through hands-on learning experiences.

Curriculum

Our Toddler curriculum consists of weekly themes that coincide with the rhythmic seasons of the year and other topics that your child can experience first-hand. Through our curriculum we teach:

  • Language Development – Your child will learn language development through the use of stories and songs, finger plays, and conversations about curriculum topics;
  • Fine and Gross Motor Skills – Your child will be in a classroom that has ample space and materials for exploring, climbing, creating, and building;
  • Social and Emotional Skills – As children become more independent , they begin to have increasingly complex interactions with the people around them. Your child will begin to learn basic conflict resolution strategies and other social skills that will help them have positive interactions with everyone around them.

Our Toddler curriculum is aligned with Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessments, which is one of the most inclusive, extensive development assessment systems available.

Outside Time

Your child will have ample opportunities to play on an outdoor playground designed specifically for their development, with materials for swinging, climbing, running, and jumping. We schedule outdoor time twice a day when the weather permits.

Baby Sign Language

We use the Baby Sign Language Program to teach Toddlers sign language. Building on the sign language skills that are taught in the Infant and Crawlers classrooms, we teach one new sign a week, review signs that have already been learned, and supplement our program with additional signs that are relevant to the interests and activities of the children.