Welcome to Cruisers

Our toddler program is designed around the understanding that at the age of 12 months, each toddler is now developing new ways to express their need to interact with parents, friends, and teachers. Our Toddler Program is about creating experiences that are active, sensory-based and meaningful. Toddlers are encouraged to make independent choices, develop self-help skills and begin to solve problems. Our teachers get to know each child, learn their interests and plan developmentally appropriate, engaging activities. We love to read, sing and play with the children.

The toddler’s classroom is set up in a “home-like” environment. They will have opportunities to rock with teachers during feedings or sad times, large playroom to explore with our teachers, tummy time to discover their world around them and a separate sleeping area for napping.

We also have a courtyard playground that is fully enclosed and age appropriate.

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 the parents involved in their child’s daily activities, development, and milestones. That’s why we provide you with the following:

  • Daily sheets to record and track the 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
9:00-9:20 Arrival, Teacher Floor Play
9:20-9:30 Craft Time
9:30-10:00 Outdoor Courtyard Play or Large Motor Room Toys
10:00-10:05 Wash Hands
10:05-10:25 Snack and Story Time
10:25-10:45 Diapers, Hand Washing and Teacher Led Activities (puzzles, hands-on table, theme related manipulative)
10:45-11:00 Music and Song Time
11:45 AM Dismissal
11:45-12:15 Lunch
P.M. Schedule
12:15 Pick up time for Lunch Pals, Arrival Time for PM Children
12:30-2:00 Diapers, Naptime, Teacher Floor Play
2:00-2:30 Outdoor Courtyard or Teacher Led Activities (puzzles, hands-on table, theme related manipulative)
2:30-2:45 Diapers, Pack up for Dismissal
3:00 Dismissal
We are not allowed to put sunscreen on your child. Please apply sunscreen before your child joins us for the day.

What to bring on the first day.

  • Please bring an extra change of clothes in a gallon Ziploc bag with your child’s name on it the first week. We will store it here during the session for those “whoops” moments and return it at the end of each session.
  • LABEL items including: coats, bottles, diapers, blankets, and soothing items such as pacifiers, lunch items, and diaper bags. Please label any item you would not want to lose.
  • Nap/Soothing Items. Please LABEL your blankets, sleep sacks, stuff animals, etc. Bring an item that will comfort your child and help them sleep.
  • Formula/Bottles: Please LABEL your formula and/or bottle. If you are bringing breast milk, we do need to have the date that the milk was expressed and/or frozen. We will mark it with the date we received it.
  • Community Snacks. 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.
  • 1 Box of Kleenex
  • 1 Container of baby wipes (Huggies or Pampers Preferred)
  • Diapers. We can keep a stack of diapers in your child’s cubby. We have storage for extra diapers so feel free to bring a whole package. We will let you know when your child is running low.
  • “About your child” forms. Please have this form completed on or before your child’s first day. This form is located under our Resources Tab. We strive to keep our Cruiser Room a peanut free environment. Please do not send peanut butter items in your child’s lunch.

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.

Please fill out the backside of a blue daily sheet each day so that we know when your child last ate, how he or she slept the night before or any special concerns or instructions for the day. We will fill out the other side during your child’s day with us.

Classroom

The toddler’s classroom is set up in a “home-like” environment. They will have opportunities to rock with teachers during feedings or sad times, large playroom to explore with our teachers, tummy time to discover their world around them and a separate sleeping area for napping.

We also have a courtyard playground that is fully enclosed and age appropriate.

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 the parents involved in their child’s daily activities, development, and milestones. That’s why we provide you with the following:

  • Daily sheets to record and track the 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
9:00-9:20 Arrival, Teacher Floor Play
9:20-9:30 Craft Time
9:30-10:00 Outdoor Courtyard Play or Large Motor Room Toys
10:00-10:05 Wash Hands
10:05-10:25 Snack and Story Time
10:25-10:45 Diapers, Hand Washing and Teacher Led Activities (puzzles, hands-on table, theme related manipulative)
10:45-11:00 Music and Song Time
11:45 AM Dismissal
11:45-12:15 Lunch
P.M. Schedule
12:15 Pick up time for Lunch Pals, Arrival Time for PM Children
12:30-2:00 Diapers, Naptime, Teacher Floor Play
2:00-2:30 Outdoor Courtyard or Teacher Led Activities (puzzles, hands-on table, theme related manipulative)
2:30-2:45 Diapers, Pack up for Dismissal
3:00 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

What to bring on the first day.

  • Please bring an extra change of clothes in a gallon Ziploc bag with your child’s name on it the first week. We will store it here during the session for those “whoops” moments and return it at the end of each session.
  • LABEL items including: coats, bottles, diapers, blankets, and soothing items such as pacifiers, lunch items, and diaper bags. Please label any item you would not want to lose.
  • Nap/Soothing Items. Please LABEL your blankets, sleep sacks, stuff animals, etc. Bring an item that will comfort your child and help them sleep.
  • Formula/Bottles: Please LABEL your formula and/or bottle. If you are bringing breast milk, we do need to have the date that the milk was expressed and/or frozen. We will mark it with the date we received it.
  • Community Snacks. 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.
  • 1 Box of Kleenex
  • 1 Container of baby wipes (Huggies or Pampers Preferred)
  • Diapers. We can keep a stack of diapers in your child’s cubby. We have storage for extra diapers so feel free to bring a whole package. We will let you know when your child is running low.
  • “About your child” forms. Please have this form completed on or before your child’s first day. This form is located under our Resources Tab. We strive to keep our Cruiser Room a peanut free environment. Please do not send peanut butter items in your child’s lunch.

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.

Please fill out the backside of a blue daily sheet each day so that we know when your child last ate, how he or she slept the night before or any special concerns or instructions for the day. We will fill out the other side during your child’s day with us.

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