Our toddler program is available for children aged 18 months to 2 1/2 years. On occasion, we may accept a child who is nearing 18 months but is developmentally ready for the toddler program to reduce the number of transitions for that child. This is permissible as a 20% mix of the existing program capacity.
The staff-to-child ratio for toddlers is 1 staff member to every 5 children. We are licensed for 10 toddler-aged children at our Redwood Avenue site. During arrival, departure, and rest time, the ratio may be reduced to 1 staff member to every 8 children to allow for staff transitions.
The toddler program is based on building the childrens’ self-esteem and confidence and assisting them in developing self-help skills and independence. The children partake in individual and group activities in a safe environment. The educators place an emphasis on setting up an appropriate environment to assist in the development of their independence and allowing them to take appropriate risks.
We do not allow soothers or bottles in our toddler program.
Toddlers are required to go outside daily for a minimum of 2 hours, in accordance with the Child Care and Early Years Act, as with all programs. The toddlers typically will not go outside when the temperature is -20°C including the windchill factor or cooler, however, staff are encouraged to use their discretion and may go out if it’s slightly cooler than that for shorter periods of time. As such, appropriate outdoor apparel is required daily.
Parents of children in the toddler program are required to provide the following items:
- Baby wipes
- Extra clothing
- Indoor shoes
Our toddler educators are Julie, who is a Registered Early Childhood Educator who has been part of the Mahmowenchike team since 2009, and Melanie, who has completed the majority of the Child Development Practitioner Apprenticeship through Canadore College and has been with Mahmowenchike since 2008.
To reach our toddler program, please call (807) 623-9580 extension 2.