What is Nursery Day For?

Toddlers

Standards are high at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. We follow guidelines for highest-quality Nursery, Preschool, and Adobe ReaderKindergarten education as established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our program was accredited by the NAEYC in 2002 and we completed Re-Accreditation in 2008. Through the Board of Education of the United Methodist Church, we completed requirements to achieve The W.I.S.E. Award (Wonderfully In Search of Excellence) in 2005. Wesley Memorial School also follows all curriculum guidelines of the Common Core Standards as provided by the Department of Public Instruction of the State of North Carolina. Our teachers are professionals with early childhood training and experience.

The Nursery Day program is administered by our church acting through a Weekday Board of Directors.

Katie at church windowsInfant Beginners, Toddlers, and Twos learn to think, explore, discover and solve problems through intentionally planned “hands-on” experiences. It all looks like play because learning is fun! Our Preschool teachers have the expertise to plan for the time, space and opportunities for children to have these experiences that will help them in their total growth: socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. In addition, teachers help children begin to understand and live in Christian thinking and acting. Teachers document progress in all areas of growth for each child’s individual development and goals.

Christian values are taught children through sharing, taking turns, being friends, and learning that they are important individuals. We strive to build positive self-concept. What a child thinks of himself is reflected by the way he relates to others both now and as he matures.

In addition to building Christian values, our qualified teachers work within an atmosphere that is warm, caring, open, accepting and joyous. This atmosphere encourages children to grow intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. We want each child to love learning in his/her first educational experiences. The Nursery Day program is designed with each child’s interest and abilities in mind.

By their signatures on the Registration Form, parents indicate their willingness to cooperate with the Christian emphasis of our Nursery Day; to attend parent enrichment sessions and to participate in such other activities as will bring about better understanding between teacher, parent, and child. Teachers are available and encourage parents to contact them regarding special concerns and needs related to their child and/or the program.

“And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom, and the favor of God was upon him"

 

Toddlers Class

Toddlers: 14 Months – 2 Years

Understanding Toddlers:

During the Toddler period, physical changes continue to occur though the rate of growth begins to slacken. The child’s weight increases. Motor skills develop at a rapid rate:

  • He is able to walk more steadily and learns to run with little falling.
  • He curiously explores the world about him and “gets into everything!”
  • He enjoys climbing.
  • He learns to feed himself though spills should be expected

The Toddler is also growing in his ability to express himself and his ideas with words. For the first time he wants to do things for himself and he can accomplish some of them. Temper tantrums or frequent use of “NO!” will occur as the Toddler becomes frustrated or wishes to exert his independence against the wishes of others.

Toddlers enjoy solitary play and will have difficulty sharing toys. They enjoy playing games and activities alone or with an adult. As the Toddler’s growth rate decreases, his appetite may also decrease and he may eat less. His body usually becomes more slender and he seldom is the “plump, fat baby” he once was.

Toilet training may begin during the Toddler period.

PROVIDING EXPERIENCES FOR LEARNING:

In the Toddler Program, teachers plan opportunities for children to have play experiences that will help them to learn and to grow. Types of activities that Toddlers will engage in are listed below:

For Physical Development –

  • Pushing and pulling large toys
  • Climbing up and down
  • Jumping, kicking, throwing
  • Fill-it-up and pour-it-out games
  • Building block towers, knocking them down
  • Pounding and squeezing clay

For Mental and Language Development—

  • Identifying objects in books and pictures
  • Games about parts of the body
  • Sensory explorations (soft, hard, fuzzy, cold, etc.); creative expression through art materials
  • Enjoying rhythms, records, simple musical instruments
  • Playing “hide-and-seek” and search games
  • Number games

For Social Development—

  • Playing contentedly around familiar adults and children
  • Imitating household tasks in make-believe play
  • Picking up and putting away a few toys

For Emotional Development---

  • Discovering “happy times” away from Mother and Dad
  • Enjoying company of teachers and friends
  • Beginning to carry out simple self-help tasks (indicating needs, removing coat, etc.)

*Teachers will be eager to cooperate in each Toddler’s toilet training program as established by parents. Parents should inform teachers of the toileting schedule, and bring to school any extra Pampers, diapers or training pants.

Toddler Seasonal Themes:

FALL

September—“My Friends at Church”

October—“God’s World in Fall”

November—“We Give Thanks”

WINTER

December—“Christmas and Baby Jesus”

January—“God Plans for Me to Grow”

February—“Bible Stories”

SPRING

March—“God Plans for Plants and Animals”

April—“Easter Is a Happy Time!”

May—“We Love! Special Times with Family and Friends”

Toddler Daily Schedule

Although schedules must be FLEXIBLE when planning for Toddlers, the following is a general guide to activity times in our Toddlers Class:

8:50-9:00 am

Greet children

9:00 – 10:00 am

Guided floor-play with a variety of toys; special sensory experiences; creative art

10:00 am

Clean-up and diapering

10:10 – 10:25 am

Blessing and snack time at tables

10:25 – 10:35 am

Enjoy looking at books

10:35 – 10:45 am

Music time—songs and finger plays

10:45 am

Prepare for outdoor play; diapering, put on wraps, walk to playground

11:00 – 11:30 am

Playground time

11:30 – 11:40 am

Walk back indoors

11:40 – 11:50 am

Quiet time on rest mats; diapering

11:50 – 12:00 noon

Put up rest mats; sing “We Had a Happy Day!”

12:00 noon

Open the door and see Mom or Dad!—dismissal

*Note: Diapering occurs in the Toddlers Class throughout the ENTIRE day as needs occur in addition to the specified times above!

Staff and Parent Communications

Our staff is caring and professional in understanding needs of children and the value of interaction and consistency.

We want to provide the VERY BEST care for your Beginner, according to his/her individual level of development. We will ask about your child’s schedule and routines at home. We seek to make your infant’s day as much an extension of his/her home life as possible.

Each session upon arrival, you will be asked to take a clipboard located in the hallway outside the Crib Room. Parent will complete the top portion of the Parent-Teacher Information sheet attached. We find it helpful to have your special instructions about feedings, naps, or ointments written down on this sheet. During the day, our teachers will make (brief ) notes on the lower portion of the same sheet to let you know how child spent his/her day. At pickup time, parents take home their child’s sheet. We will also have brief chats with you at the door. Parents may feel free to contact teachers by phone or e-mail at anytime as well.

Throughout the year, parents will receive written “MY GROWTH” assessments of their child’s unique development, play interests and special friendships. The teachers will prepare this for you quarterly: in the Fall, in the Winter, and in the Spring. We will let you know about individual learning games/activities we are planning that match your infant’s new skills. We will also share Beginners Room news with you in our seasonal newsletter calledThe Pitter Patter.