Nursery Kinship | Toddler
Our Current Nursery Kinships Enrolling Toddlers:
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Woodhaven (Sullivan’s Gulch) – 3 months to ~3 years old: 2, 3, 4 and 5 full-day options
Monarch Treehouse (Cully) – 3 months to ~3 years old: 3 day option, M-T-W, 8:30am-3:00pm
Singing Brook Preschool* (Fremont) – 18 months to ~5 years old: 2, 3, 4 and 5 full-day options
Group Size & Ages
Our Nurseries either have one blended group of infants and toddlers or children are split into infant groups and toddler groups. Our toddler groups are limited to 8-12 children with 2-3 caregivers at one time. Children in our toddler groups range in age from about 14 months to 3 years old.
*When toddlers and preschoolers share a kinship, toddlers are grouped together in smaller numbers than their older peers for extra attention during transitions and activities.
“Play is often talked
about as if it were a
relief from serious
learning. But for
children play is serious
learning. Play is really
the work of childhood.”
~ Fred Rogers
Our Philosophy of Care
Sweet River Bamboo draws from an eclectic mix of educational models and philosophies. The key component of our program is the creation of a safe, nurturing environment where children can explore, create, socialize, and be inspired by the world around them. Children learn best when they are allowed to reach developmental milestones at their own pace, in an environment where they feel secure, loved and respected. A mixed-age group provides an enriching space for children to grow and thrive. When new children arrive, they are supported in their absorption of their surroundings and their openness to experience. As they grow, children will have a voice in forming their own experiences and that of the group and will have a chance to become leaders and role models for the younger children.
Our days will be filled with a balance of group activities and free play with plenty of outdoor time built in. Our rhythm carries us naturally through our days and is structured around open play, circle times, outside time, meals and rest.
Inspired greatly by Waldorf education, our curriculum consists of uninterrupted time for creative play, art and music, baking, circle time and oral storytelling. We emphasize being in the present moment as much as possible. We encourage an understanding of emotions and impulses in order to help children develop self-regulation, reflection and empathy.
Children will naturally develop their social skills and motor skills by interacting with peers, toys, learning materials, and both indoor and outdoor environments. Language, math, and science development are integrated into activities such as baking, cooking, digging in our Earth, and exploring the rich complexity of the natural world. Great focus will be placed on assisting children in developing their self-care skills and toilet training abilities as they become able and ready physically and emotionally. Children will also be exposed to different cultures and languages through the songs we sing and celebrations we have. The linguistic and cultural component of our program will be influenced greatly by the children and teachers within each group.
Click here to discover more about our Holistic Curriculum
Infants flow in and out of group engagement based on their sleep & awake rhythms
8:30am: Arrivals + Self Directed Play
8:55am: Blessing + Breakfast
9:30am: Good Morning Circle
9:45am: Morning Activity
10:15am: Diaper Checks + Outside Play
Noon: Diaper Checks + Nap-time (younger toddlers)
1:00pm: Diaper Checks + Nap-time (older toddlers)
2:30pm: Afternoon Snack
3:00pm: Diaper Checks
3:30pm: Outside Play
4:00-5:30pm: Diaper checks + Goodbyes
Younger Toddlers = Children 12 months, walking, taking one mid-day nap & under 2 years old
Older Toddlers = Children taking one mid-day nap & between 2-3 years old
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me
and I remember. Involve me
and I learn.”
|Weekday||Breakfast||Morning Activity||Lunch||Afternoon Snack||Afternoon Activity|
|Monday||Whole Grain Cereal & Milk, Fresh Fruit and Organic Milk||Seasonal Kinship Made Muffin Baking||Seasonal Kinship Made Muffins, Beans, Two Veggies and Organic Milk||Tillamook Cheese, Fresh Fruit, and Crackers||Rug Work and Sensory Explorations|
|Tuesday||Seasonal Kinship-Made Muffins, Fresh Fruit and Organic Milk||Water Color Painting||Pasta, Beans, Two veggies, and Organic Milk||Tillamook Cheese, Fresh Fruit, and Crackers||Nature Observation and Extended Outdoor Time|
|Wednesday||Seasonal Kinship Made Waffles, Fresh Fruit, and Organic Milk||Kinship Cleaning Day||Almond Butter Sandwiches, Beans, Two Veggies and Organic Milk||Tillamook Cheese, Fresh Fruit, and Crackers||Music and Literacy Exploration|
|Thursday||Whole Grain Oatmeal, Fresh Fruit, and Organic Milk||Craft/Seasonal Activity||Beans, Pasta with Tomato Herb Sauce, Two Veggies and Organic Milk||Tillamook Cheese, Fresh Fruit, and Crackers||Dancing and Creative Movement|
|Friday||Nancy’s Plain Unsweetened Organic Yogurt, Granola and Organic Milk||Hummus Making + Chopping||Kinship-Made Hummus, Whole Grain Toast, 2 Veggies + Organic Milk||Tillamook Cheese, Fresh Fruit, and Crackers||Extended Outside Time|