12 Months – 18 Months

The Toddler Transition Program at Greater Heights School

Once your child is at least 12 months old and can walk safely on their own, our teachers are ready to welcome them into the Toddler Transition Program. Toddler Transition classrooms help make the shift to the Toddler Program a smooth process. Greater Heights School Toddler Transition teachers provide children the opportunity to develop their cognitive, social, communication further, and physical competencies and to have fun exploring the world while walking. Our Toddler Transition curriculum places substantial importance on cultivating self-identity through nurturing guidance and exploration.

The Toddler Transition Program

Cognitive and Intellectual Development

You may not be able to see it as clearly as physical growth, but your Transitional Toddler’s cognitive abilities are developing just as quickly. Greater Heights School teachers foster this critical stage in your Transitional Toddler’s development by engaging them in intellectual activities. Discovering objects in pictures, learning about their environment by touching and moving objects. Sensory exercises such as mixing and dumping sand, or stacking items and knocking them down all are essential components of our Transitional Toddler curriculum.

Social and Emotional Growth

The Toddler Transitional class is a fun time for your child and the parents. Your child is probably enjoying being the center of attention and playing with family and friends. At this age, our Toddler Transitional teachers understand that your child may start to resist any limits that are being set, but that’s just part of developing their unique personality and their individuality.

Language and Communication

During the first 18 months, your child will babble constantly. It’s part of learning a language. Our teachers encourage your early toddler’s language and communication skills by responding to your child’s gestures, visual cues, and sounds. Toddler Transitional teachers will consistently speak with your child in both English and Spanish as well as actively listen to them.

Fine and Gross Motor Skills

Toddler Transition children now perform endless experiments, which help develop the sensory nerves in the palms of their hands. Toddler Transition children now perfect the pincer grasp, while practicing on particularly small objects. At around 15 months, simple puzzles spark the interest Toddler Transition children and they at first, remove the puzzle pieces; gradually they learn to place them in the correct slots. Improving eye-hand coordination helps babies hold one object and bring it to its intended destination – like bringing down a mallet on the keys of a xylophone to produce a clear sound, or using a toy hammer to bang tacks down on a corkboard.

Toddler Transition Safety

In our Toddler Transition classes, your child’s safety and security are the highest priority.

We adhere to all of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for safe sleep. Transition Toddlers are placed on their backs to nap on sleep mats, which are compliant with the most current standards. Our highly trained teachers monitor the Toddler Transition children and ensure their safety every step of the way. Our Toddler Transition classes are toddler-proofed, and proper toddler-to-teacher ratios are always maintained. All toys, puzzles, books, and sleeping mats are age-appropriate and sanitized. Extra measures are in place to ensure handwashing and diapering are performed to maintain the highest level of cleanliness.