This program utilizes two of our classrooms. The first classroom is for our younger infants, children who are on their own schedule and who are less mobile. While in this room children are fed, nap and are awake according to their own schedules or the schedule that parents hope that they follow. Children's diapers are changed at regular intervals (more frequently if needed.) The teachers keep a record for parents of how their child spent his or her day. This record will be available for parents to take home at the end of the day and is also filed for our records. There are eight infants in this room with two full time teachers and support staff as needed. The children in this room are six weeks through 10-12 months.
The second classroom is for our older infants and younger toddlers. In this room children are becoming mobile, have started on jar foods and may be beginning table foods. They will be using sippy cups, working on feeding themselves and as they get older we will offer them cups without lids. As the children get older they begin to follow the same schedule as others in the group. A morning snack is offered at 9 am, lunch is served at 11 am and then children will have an afternoon nap beginning around 12:30. When the children wake up from a nap they will eat an afternoon snack. Bottles are offered at the times that parents request. Children are usually in this room from ten to twelve months old until they are eighteen to twenty four months.
This program also uses two of our classrooms. The first room is for older toddlers or children who are about to turn two. There will be ten to twelve children in this room with two full time teachers. The children in this room are about eighteen months old and will stay in this room until they are between two and two and a half. They will work on lots of self help skills in this room. Drinking from a lidless cup, puttin on their own clothing and shoes. And as they are ready will begin to use the toilet.
The second classroom is for our older two year olds. This room will have twelve two year olds and two full time teachers. The children in this room work on even more self help skills, but also colors, shapes and progressively start to recognize their names as well as the names of the other children in their group.
Older Toddler/Two Year Old Program
This program serves children who are at least three years old and they will stay in this program until they go to school. The first room is for the youngest preschool children. The second room is for the oldest children at Wesley who have not yet gone to school.