Classrooms and Ratios
Possible Age Range
|Toddlers and Young Preschoolers||18 months – 3 years||9||3.5|
|Preschool 1:||2 years 9 months – 5 years||20||3|
|Preschool 2:||2 years 9 months – 5 years||20||3|
|Pre-Kindergarten:||4 years – 5 years||20||3|
Preschoolers thrive in a consistent and predictable environment
- We establish clear routines for preschoolers.
- We create a classroom environment where children know what to expect and what is expected of them.
- We give children ample transitional warnings so they know what is coming next.
- Children have the opportunity to make choices, whenever possible.
- When appropriate, teachers and children work together to create a list of guidelines for behavior for the classroom. This allows the children to feel a sense of ownership of the classroom and their own behaviors and gives them a clearer understanding of what is expected of them.
Preschoolers test boundaries
- Children at this age begin to test boundaries as they continue to learn about their social and physical world.
- This may lead to conflicts between play partners or behaviors that are not appropriate for the classroom.
- We create boundaries with preschoolers, giving a feeling of safety and security for children.
- We point out the natural consequence of a choice, and talk with children about what they might do differently next time to avoid such a consequence.
We use natural and logical consequences
- Teachers have realistic expectations for preschool children based on their developmental age.
- We may set a logical consequence with a preschooler who has already learned the skills necessary in a given situation.
- We understand the importance of following through with consequences, as well as the importance of empathizing with a child who does not choose to change their behavior that there will be a consequence.