Classrooms and Ratios


Possible Age Range


Lead Teachers

Younger Toddlers

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.