Classrooms and Ratios
Possible Age Range
|14 months – 22 months||9||3|
Toddler/Preschool: Toddlers and Young Preschoolers
|22 months – 2 years 9 months||9||3|
Toddlers are mobile, curious, and energetic
We foster these qualities and create an environment in which toddlers can explore their world safely and productively.
Staff are models of appropriate behavior
- Children are constantly observing their teachers in their classroom, and teachers act as models of appropriate, kind behavior.
- Toddlers are egocentric by nature and they look to control their world in many ways.
- Teachers respect toddlers’ needs by providing simple, limited choices that lead to an intended end goal.
- We help children develop their understanding of their own feelings by labeling and validating their emotions.
- We take time to make sure a child feels heard and understood.
Toddlers are learning to understand emotions
- Children of this age can have large emotional reactions.
- We acknowledge and validate their feelings as well as teach them methods to calm down and regulate their emotions.
- Classrooms will have cozy, quiet spaces where children may choose to calm down before returning to an activity or finishing a conversation with their teacher.
Teachers redirect and use logical consequences
- Teachers focus on what a child can do in a particular situation rather than telling them what they cannot do.
- Toddlers are often easily distracted and teachers may choose redirection rather than limit setting while guiding a toddler’s behavior.
- Discipline should teach rather than punish.
- We provide children with the skills they need to solve social problems, play safely and respectfully, and regulate their own emotions.
- If an teacher believes a toddler knows the skills they need in a situation, they may provide a logical consequence for their actions.
- Logical consequences are always related to an action and are respectful, reasonable, and helpful.