The Toddler Program serves children who are age 18 months to 36 months in a small and intimate group of twelve children and two trained staff persons. It is a half-day morning program. The environment conforms to the physical needs of the children, both in the size of the furnishings and in the opportunities for motor development. There is a minimal amount of child-sized furniture to allow for movement, and there are defined spaces to challenge coordination of movement.
The toddler program cultivates the four major areas that help prepare the child for life: concentration, order, primary motor coordination, and independence. It is a nurturing environment where very young children experience their first structured contact with other children.
The Head Teacher has a Montessori Infant and Toddler Certification from the American Montessori Society. She has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development and had worked at Columbus Montessori Education Center for three years in the Infant and Toddler Classroom. She has over eight years experience with children, primarily as a teacher, but also as a nanny. The Assistant teacher studied Early Childhood Education at The Ohio State University, and she has worked in toddler classrooms.
Parents can select a two, three, or five-day program, which runs from 8:40 - 11:20am. (If a toddler has a sibling in the Preschool/Kindergarten class, he/she may come in at the same time as the sibling).
“The development of the child during the first three years after birth is unequaled in intensity and importance by any period that precedes or follows in the whole life of the child”. – Dr. Maria Montessori