Welcome to 2-year old room

Our two-year-old program is designed around the understanding that at this age, each toddler is now developing their own independence and new ways to express their needs. Two-year-olds are encouraged to make independent choices, develop self-help skills and begin to solve problems. They also practice listening skills and through our large group activities learn to be part of a group and follow directions.

Activities include music and movement, outdoor play, practical life and sensory activities, arts and crafts, story and sharing times, dramatic play, and lots of laughter. We strive to meet your child’s physical, intellectual, social, and emotional needs. We feel children learn best in a loving, organized, natural learning environment. Your child will learn something new every day by being a part of our extended family. Your child will learn important values such as patience, sharing, responsibility, compassion for self and others, communication, and teamwork. Your child will also learn how to paint, play with dough, cut with scissors, color with crayons, and the beginning stages of reading. Your child will always be encouraged to use his/her imagination while creating artwork, manipulating his/her own ideas and thoughts on paper, or other concrete materials.

The two-year-old room is set up in a “home-like” environment. We have two rooms to accommodate with 12 kids in each room. It provides a spacious classroom for crafts and snack, play area with different toy stations, cubby and coat areas, and a separate restroom for potty training ease.

Saftey & Training

Our team, made up of highly passionate and qualified caregivers, is certified in CPR and First Aid training. Our teachers take a personal responsibility to keep updated on training that impacts this age group. Hearts & Minds inspects the safety of the program’s environment and keeps our facility clean and neat.

Communications

Hearts & Minds knows how important it is to keep parents involved in their child’s daily activities, development, and milestones. That’s why we provide you with the following:

  • Daily verbal interaction from the teacher about your child’s day.
  • The building of personal relationships with each family.
  • Encouraging daily/weekly calls or emails from parents to our team to support communication.
  • Open door facility; we promote parent visits to our facility at any time to observe or participate in their child’s day.

A.M. Schedule
9:00-9:15 Arrival Time, Table Toys with Teachers
9:15-9:35 Circle Time Stories and Songs
9:35-10:00 Craft and Teacher Led Activities at Tables
10:00-10:15 Potty and Diapers, Wash Hands
10:15-10:30 Snack
10:30-10:55 Outdoor Courtyard or Large Motor Room
10:55-11:30 Center Time, Potty Time first, Diapers second
11:30-11:45 Whole Group Learning Time
11:45 Dismiss AM class, start Lunch Pals
11:45-12:15 Lunch Pals
P.M. Schedule
12:20-1:00 Outdoor Courtyard or Large Motor Room
1:00-1:15 Diapers, Potty, Hand Washing
1:15-2:45 Naptime
2:45-3:00 Snack, Dismissal
We are not allowed to put sunscreen on your child. Please apply sunscreen before your child joins us for the day.

2 Year Old Room – blue rooms
What to Bring on the First Day

  • Diapers/Pull-ups. Your child has a cubby where we can keep an Extra change of clothes. Please place this in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name.
  • Snacks/Wipes/Kleenex. Bring a large box of snacks to share with the class. All snacks must be peanut free! Here are some ideas of what you could bring: Fruit snacks, Graham crackers, dried fruit, cheese crackers, Ritz crackers, boxed cereal, vanilla wafers, veggies straws, pretzels or teddy grahams.
  • If your child stays for lunch, please label their lunch box and they will bring their lunchbox into the room with them. Each room has a refrigerator to hold lunches.
  • Your child’s coat should be labeled and hung on the hooks outside his/her room. ** We will mark unlabeled items. Each child gets 2 coat hooks and will have a name tag.
  • If your child stays all day, please bring nap items (labeled) and hang them on their coat hook. It is easier if nap items are in a bag or in their backpack. There isn’t an abundance of room, so please limit the size of nap items. They lie on cots and enjoy having their own items to rest with.
  • We ask you take their nap items home each night not only for cleanliness but we are a multi-facility and have programming in the evenings as well.
  • Your child will have a weekly craft which will be located in the bins inside the room –don’t forget to pick those up!

First day jitters?

We understand that dropping off your child whether for the first time or multiple times, can be difficult and tug on the heartstrings. The first day can be overwhelming as the halls can appear hectic with so many people (as we all settle into our routines, the halls appear less busy). Please help us make this time less stressful by adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Please do not attempt to sneak out without saying goodbye to your child.
  • Bring your child to the door, reassure them you will return later, hug/kiss them.
  • As difficult as it may be, make your good-bye short and sweet, even if your child is crying. The longer you prolong your good-byes, the more upset children will become. For this reason, we try to discourage coming into the room at drop off time.
  • MDO Teachers are equipped to handle these difficult, but normal occurrences. The teacher will comfort your child, guide them into an activity or hold them until they quiet down. Most of the time, your child will have stopped crying before you get out of the parking lot of the facility. Transition can be difficulat and you can rest assured that our teachers will lovingly help your child through this time.
  • Do not linger around after you have said goodbye (where they can see & hear you), this can confuse your child and prolong crying. Feel free to call to check on your child, especially in the early days.

Check-in process.

Your children will be in a completely locked area during their stay with us. Doors will be locked after arrival time. If you arrive after that time, you will be let in by the front desk manager.

EVERYONE will need to sign in AND sign out your children. This will ensure we have accurate attendance records for safety and licensing requirements. You will be responsible to stop at the front desk area at drop-off time and pick up time to sign in/out your child and you are required to walk your child to their classroom after you’ve signed in.

The sign-ins have a column for who will be picking up your child. If this changes throughout the day, please notify the front desk manager by calling the church office or emailing at hearts&minds@westwoodchurch.net If we don’t recognize or if the name is not on your enrollment form, we will ID the individual.

 

Classroom

The two-year-old room is set up in a “home-like” environment. We have two rooms to accommodate with 12 kids in each room. It provides a spacious classroom for crafts and snack, play area with different toy stations, cubby and coat areas, and a separate restroom for potty training ease.

Saftey & Training

Our team, made up of highly passionate and qualified caregivers, is certified in CPR and First Aid training. Our teachers take a personal responsibility to keep updated on training that impacts this age group. Hearts & Minds inspects the safety of the program’s environment and keeps our facility clean and neat.

Communications

Hearts & Minds knows how important it is to keep parents involved in their child’s daily activities, development, and milestones. That’s why we provide you with the following:

  • Daily verbal interaction from the teacher about your child’s day.
  • The building of personal relationships with each family.
  • Encouraging daily/weekly calls or emails from parents to our team to support communication.
  • Open door facility; we promote parent visits to our facility at any time to observe or participate in their child’s day.

Schedule
A.M. Schedule
9:00-9:15 Arrival Time, Table Toys with Teachers
9:15-9:35 Circle Time Stories and Songs
9:35-10:00 Craft and Teacher Led Activities at Tables
10:00-10:15 Potty and Diapers, Wash Hands
10:15-10:30 Snack
10:30-10:55 Outdoor Courtyard or Large Motor Room
10:55-11:30 Center Time, Potty Time first, Diapers second
11:30-11:45 Whole Group Learning Time
11:45 Dismiss AM class, start Lunch Pals
11:45-12:15 Lunch Pals
P.M. Schedule
12:20-1:00 Outdoor Courtyard or Large Motor Room
1:00-1:15 Diapers, Potty, Hand Washing
1:15-2:45 Naptime
2:45-3:00 Snack, Dismissal
We are not allowed to put sunscreen on your child. Please apply sunscreen before your child joins us for the day.
What To Know

2 Year Old Room – blue rooms
What to Bring on the First Day

  • Diapers/Pull-ups. Your child has a cubby where we can keep an Extra change of clothes. Please place this in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name.
  • Snacks/Wipes/Kleenex. Bring a large box of snacks to share with the class. All snacks must be peanut free! Here are some ideas of what you could bring: Fruit snacks, Graham crackers, dried fruit, cheese crackers, Ritz crackers, boxed cereal, vanilla wafers, veggies straws, pretzels or teddy grahams.
  • If your child stays for lunch, please label their lunch box and they will bring their lunchbox into the room with them. Each room has a refrigerator to hold lunches.
  • Your child’s coat should be labeled and hung on the hooks outside his/her room. ** We will mark unlabeled items. Each child gets 2 coat hooks and will have a name tag.
  • If your child stays all day, please bring nap items (labeled) and hang them on their coat hook. It is easier if nap items are in a bag or in their backpack. There isn’t an abundance of room, so please limit the size of nap items. They lie on cots and enjoy having their own items to rest with.
  • We ask you take their nap items home each night not only for cleanliness but we are a multi-facility and have programming in the evenings as well.
  • Your child will have a weekly craft which will be located in the bins inside the room –don’t forget to pick those up!

First day jitters?

We understand that dropping off your child whether for the first time or multiple times, can be difficult and tug on the heartstrings. The first day can be overwhelming as the halls can appear hectic with so many people (as we all settle into our routines, the halls appear less busy). Please help us make this time less stressful by adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Please do not attempt to sneak out without saying goodbye to your child.
  • Bring your child to the door, reassure them you will return later, hug/kiss them.
  • As difficult as it may be, make your good-bye short and sweet, even if your child is crying. The longer you prolong your good-byes, the more upset children will become. For this reason, we try to discourage coming into the room at drop off time.
  • MDO Teachers are equipped to handle these difficult, but normal occurrences. The teacher will comfort your child, guide them into an activity or hold them until they quiet down. Most of the time, your child will have stopped crying before you get out of the parking lot of the facility. Transition can be difficulat and you can rest assured that our teachers will lovingly help your child through this time.
  • Do not linger around after you have said goodbye (where they can see & hear you), this can confuse your child and prolong crying. Feel free to call to check on your child, especially in the early days.

Check-in process.

Your children will be in a completely locked area during their stay with us. Doors will be locked after arrival time. If you arrive after that time, you will be let in by the front desk manager.

EVERYONE will need to sign in AND sign out your children. This will ensure we have accurate attendance records for safety and licensing requirements. You will be responsible to stop at the front desk area at drop-off time and pick up time to sign in/out your child and you are required to walk your child to their classroom after you’ve signed in.

The sign-ins have a column for who will be picking up your child. If this changes throughout the day, please notify the front desk manager by calling the church office or emailing at hearts&minds@westwoodchurch.net If we don’t recognize or if the name is not on your enrollment form, we will ID the individual.

 

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