The Infant & Toddler staff at River School is made up of a caring, talented group of women. Each classroom consists of one Head Teacher, one Lead Teacher and two Assistant Teachers. The Head Teacher has chosen to follow her passion for the field of Early Childhood Education and has a minimum of an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in Education. The Co-teachers all have extensive experience in the infant and toddler years. All team members collaborate together to create a nurturing, joyful and stimulating classroom that meets the specific needs of this young age group. Our teachers are true professionals and partners in the caring and teaching of the children in their charge. They prepare the environment and plan activities that are appropriate for the age span of the children within the group and consider the different needs, interests, and developmental levels of individual children.
What makes River School’s infant programs feel so welcoming and unique?
“River School offers a flexible schedule for infants. This flexible schedule allows the children to adapt comfortably to their new environment in their own time. At River School it is important for the children to build trust with their teachers. This is supported as the teachers follow the babies individual needs rather than enforcing a structured schedule which may not be in your child’s best interest. As the babies get older, a more consistent class schedule emerges. This gradual phase in approach and flexibility is truly what makes River School’s infant program such a warm and welcoming one for both the babies and their parents.”
~Miss Genelle, Froggies (ages 6 to 10 months)
How does the toddler program at River School support each child’s budding independence?
“The River School toddler program fosters individual growth by focusing on the whole child and how they interact with the world around them. Our first step is to get to know our toddlers’ current skill level in all areas of development, interests and personality. By providing activities that highlight these strengths, we are able to boost each child’s confidence, inspiring them to take on individual responsibilities.
In the classroom, we promote independent life skills by encouraging the child to eat with utensils, put on their own shoes and coats and to use the potty. Our consistent classroom routine allows the children to explore and express his/her own personality while still learning what is expected in the classroom setting.
Enhancing each child’s individual skills, in turn promotes positive social interaction, peer communication and teamwork.”
~Miss Macon, Penguins (ages 18-22 months)