Infant/Toddler Childcare (Tiny Tots) Class
Ages 0 – 18 months
The guiding principle for our Infant & Toddler program at Playful Platos is:
“Careful studies have concluded that the first two years are the most important in the whole span of human life.” (The Absorbent Mind)
We recognize the importance of the early stages of a child’s life and all the associated opportunities for growth, development, and exploration. Every aspect of the learning environment is curated to promote these opportunities. Both the layout of the classroom and the structure of the curriculum are designed to promote sensorial learning, as toddler-aged children learn best through seeing, touching, feeling, and hearing. The big windows in the classroom give children the opportunity to visualize the outdoors and connect with nature. The classroom is filled with objects to touch and the layout of the environment allows for mobility to support the infants’ and toddlers’ transition to walking. The instructors not only provide care but encourage skill-building by administering activities that support children’s developmental milestones. To stimulate the children’s auditory senses, the instructors play music and sing songs. More importantly, they read to the children, both individually and in group settings, to expose them to meaningful sounds and words that will smooth their transition towards reading comprehension in their later years.
The rich classroom environment and the instructors’ unparalleled care work together to create a supportive atmosphere where young children can flourish, specifically in their critical first years of development. This is what sets apart Playful Platos Child Care from other daycare providers in the Greater Northern Virginia area.