Toddler Child Care

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Your baby is now a toddler, and having the right childcare for their development is crucial. At North American Montessori, we provide the right environment for toddlers to learn and grow at their own pace. We take an individualized approach to educational child care to guide your toddler’s natural curiosity. Our Toddler Rooms are designed to allow children to safely explore and thrive during this important stage of development.

Inside Our Montessori Toddler Child Care Program

When your child is in a Montessori environment, it means they will be under the nurturing care of teachers who are rigorously trained in child development. Every toddler room is staffed with two teachers to provide the guidance and attention that children in the toddler stage. It is through the child’s interest and active engagement that the love of learning arises.

Our Toddler Curriculum

As your child continues to grow, their brain development allows them to make connections with people and things around them. The activities your child will experience in our Toddler Rooms promote independence, order, coordination, and concentration. They also focus on supporting social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Children are allowed to progress at their own pace within our early childhood education programs. Our teachers work with toddlers to meet milestones appropriate for their age and we use developmentally-appropriate materials to enhance the learning experience.

Activities include:

  • Learning how to talk and express their needs, wants, and interests
  • Learning and improving motor skills such as walking, climbing, running, jumping, balancing, etc.
  • Learning and improving fine-motor skills such as reaching, grasping, using tools and utensils, etc.
  • Developing spatial awareness
  • Sorting, counting, naming, and identifying objects
  • Learning to follow directions and take turns
  • Developing listening and observing skills
  • Sensory activities to encourage growth and social interaction
  • Interacting with other children and learning from each other
  • Strengthening memory and focused attention skills
  • Developing communication skills and building vocabulary
  • Developing manners
  • Pre-writing and pre-reading activities
  • Participating in music and songs
  • Circle time
  • Age-specific arts and crafts

Our Toddler Room Environment

To avoid any collision accidents, infants who are rolling/crawling and transitioning into toddlers are separated from older toddlers who are already walking/running. Typically around 8 months of age when children in the Infant Room show signs of becoming mobile, they enter our Transition Room and eventually join the older toddlers when they:

  • No longer require their morning nap
  • Have stopped using bottles
  • Have started eating table foods

Toddlers are highly active and require a stimulating and encouraging environment that helps them learn. Our rooms are specially designed to allow children to freely explore and choose their activities, which helps them to develop confidence and a sense of independence. Safety is always at the forefront of our child care, and our rooms are equipped with developmentally-appropriate toys, furniture, and materials.

We provide a classroom atmosphere with enough space for personal, small group, and whole-class learning activities. The mixed age group between 12 months and 36 months encourages social interaction. The older children experience the joy of helping the younger ones, refining their own skills, and paving the way for the younger ones to learn and grow. In this learning environment, children work independently, observe others, and express their curiosity and creativity.

Our Montessori Childcare Centers

Let us help enhance your child’s natural passion for wonder and exploration — learn more about our three schools below:

The Centre at Conway

Casa Dia Montessori Kinswood

Casa Dia Montessori Watson

Toddler Room FAQs

Your toddler’s progress in learning and meeting milestones is integral to their success as they grow. We appreciate that you are considering North American Montessori to serve your family’s needs and to play a part in their development. Please review the frequently asked questions we receive about our Toddler Rooms, and contact us if you find your question is not answered!

What ages are in the Toddler Rooms?

Every child develops at a different rate, but children who are moved into the Toddler Room have typically transitioned to only having one nap per day, no longer use bottles, and are eating table foods. This development often takes place when the child is between 12 months and 36 months old.

How many teachers are in a Toddler Room at any given time?

For toddlers 12-24 months, we have a 1:4 teacher ratio with a maximum group size of 8 children. For children 24-36 months, we have a 1:8 teacher ratio with a maximum group size of 16.

How do you help prepare children for preschool and elementary school?

Our curriculum is filled with activities and exercises that prepare children for upper-level preschool, giving them the tools they need to become successful in elementary school.

Do you have pack & plays and/or cots for nap time or do we need to supply them?

Yes, we offer age-appropriate spaces for toddlers to nap in while in the Toddler Room. We follow the Infant Safe Sleep Policy as outlined by the State of Missouri.

Are meals provided? What are the meal times?

Yes, we provide healthy, balanced meals and snacks for children in all classrooms. Breakfast is typically at 8 a.m. and lunch typically begins at 11:00 a.m. We offer snacks around 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Do you accommodate food allergies?

Yes, our facilities can accommodate any food allergies children may have.

Tour Our Montessori Childcare and Preschool

Our schools have an open door policy and any parent wishing to tour one of our childcare centers needs only to arrive at the main office and we will be happy to show you around. However, we do encourage you to schedule an appointment to see the facility.

Tours are available:

  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Centre at Conway
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Casa Dia Montessori (Kinswood)
  • 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Casa Dia Montessori (Watson)

We offer full- and part-time program options to fit your family’s childcare needs. Come see why North American Montessori is the best choice for your child!

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Tuition Information

For tuition prices please call our schools

The Centre at Conway
314-434-3300

Casa Dia Montessori (Kinswood)
314-892-4446

Casa Dia Montessori (Watson)
314-835-9500

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