Our well-qualified teachers are carefully selected and vetted by us and through an extensive state-mandated background check.
Each and every staff member is trained in infant CPR/First Aid.
Cameras are in every classroom and monitored by the front desk, director, and owners.
Our classrooms are created with clear sightlines and visibility in mind. Our Toddler classroom is specially designed to enable the children to move about the space freely, have child-sized sinks, firm sanitization guidelines, a personal place to put their belongings, as well as age-appropriate toys and interactive materials.
Our philosophy of Whole Child Curriculum creates a warm and compassionate environment that enables each and every toddler and teacher to create a warm and everlasting bond. The toddler teachers are creating a firm foundation for all children to succeed in the next steps of their life.
Whole Child Curriculum is a program that teaches every child academic standards while nurturing all aspects of their development and growth. This all-encompassing curriculum includes language development, social and emotional growth, fine and gross motor skills, art and music exploration, sensory, and exploration of the outdoors.
Our comprehensive curriculum takes note that toddlers develop skills holistically. They do not develop social, emotional, and physical developments separately based on what the adult is focused on. Each interaction is noted as an aspect of all developments. Therefore, you will see a much more natural and rhythmic approach to all aspects of our curriculum in the Toddler Room.
Language growth is outstanding from 12 months to 24 months. They are expanding their stages of receptive and expressive speech. They are usually saying between one to three words and trying out other sounds and babbles to communicate. They use gestures, respond to their name, and quickly start correlating language to events and objects. By the end of this year, your toddler will have gained about fifty words and start speaking simple sentences. This is a good time to start using the appropriate words for objects, speak slowly and clearly, and use simple words and sentences. By providing a good model of communication, you will set your toddler up for successful language development.
It’s so exciting to see your toddler grow and communicate with those around them. Their first words will usually include those familiar to them, favorite possessions, and parts of their body. You might even be one of the few people that understand their “toddler babble” as they drop certain sounds, substitute certain sounds, and seem to come up with a language all of their own.
Wellspring Preparatory Academy has a curriculum that supports all of these aspects of language development. We model good communication styles, gently introduce them to new ideas and concepts, sing and read poetry, encourage music of different types in the classroom, and listen to their own individual ways of learning.
Social and Emotional Development
Wellspring Preparatory Academy knows that all children are learning to handle their own emotions and figure out what place they have in this world. It can be exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. Our philosophy and curriculum show that we have a plan for nurturing and teaching our children how to grow socially and emotionally.
Toddlers at this age start realizing that they are an independent person and not their mom or dad. They might start realizing that peers are next to them, but continue to play parallel to them. They start imitating peers in play and in everyday life. They need praise as they work through becoming a confident problem-solver. Toddlers usually have low self-control and will give into their desires quickly. The world is opened up as they start exploring new places with their newfound walking skills. Children here at Wellspring Preparatory Academy know that they are well cared for in a kind and compassionate environment.
Fine and Gross Motor Skills
There is a lot of growth that happens during the months of 12-24 months. Most toddlers will have the gross motor skills that enable them to sit without leaning or needing to be set up, belly crawl, scoot or creep on hands and knees and pull to standing holding onto furniture. They can also stand and start walking holding onto your hands and stick out their hands and legs to help get dressed.
Fine motor skills are hard at work being developed too. They will start using a sippy cup (a regular cup with help), grasping and manipulating a spoon to self-feed, and using a pincer grasp to hold on to smaller foods (cheerios, raisins), they can put things into a container and take them back out, and scribble with a thick crayon or marker. Our Whole Child curriculum is there to make sure that all children have many opportunities to work on these skills.
Music and Movement
Beat, tone, rhythm, and expressiveness are all stepping stones to developing the linguistic synapses that are developed in the brain. By using simple well-known songs and introducing fun and engaging poems, teachers at Wellspring Preparatory Academy are able to connect to children while providing a secure foundation for future milestone development.
The development of senses is crucial during this developmental timeline. As a toddler’s sense develops and becomes more refined, they start showing their full personality. Eye control, hand-eye coordination improves as well as depth perception. Sense of smell plays into effect as they expand their tastes, discriminating the direction of sound, textures, and temperature differences in objects, and interest in other foods are all ways that toddlers expand their world.
Art is a great time for toddlers to explore the world around them. Here at Wellspring Preparatory Academy, art time is filled with sensory activities, fine and gross motor skills, cognitive developments, and is a great way to capture milestones and expand their fine and gross motor skills.
Wellspring Preparatory Academy is Whole Child-focused. We believe that all children do best when they are allowed to explore nature and are exposed to different situations in a safe and secure environment. Our Toddler program has an outside time where all children get to explore the outdoors. We explore grass, tunnels, sticks, rocks, and crawling obstacle courses with the encouragement of attentive staff.
Responsiveness is where teachers prepare both themselves and the environment to be a natural place to learn. Teachers give each child a routine and sameness to define a safe and secure environment. Once in that environment, children are able to naturally explore new experiences, textures, and people.
Our curriculum is designed to meet every aspect of a child’s development goals naturally throughout the day. This means that the teachers are able to pair and bond with each child and focus on the child’s needs and goals.
Mealtimes are such an important part of a busy Toddler’s day. Children at Wellspring come together to eat wholesome and nutritious meals. Toddlers are sat at a table with their peers and teachers, naturally encouraging talking and eating. We provide access to our snacks and hot lunch, and parents are welcome to continue to supply any special snacks or meals. We are a nut-free school. Our chef-prepared meals can accommodate any special needs that arise.
Wellspring Preparatory Academy uses Kid Reports to communicate with our parents daily. You can see daily activities, such as eating, sleeping and diaper schedules, activities throughout the day, and special moments.
We provide labeled cribs for those who still are needing it, individual cots, clean classrooms and toys, wholesome lunch, and two nutritious snacks.