Infant & Toddler
Wicomico Day School’s Infant and Toddler program is designed to provide a warm, nurturing atmosphere where your child can thrive and grow. Children ages 6 weeks to 2 years of age are cared for by teachers who have received specialized Infant/Toddler training. These teachers also complete on-going professional training and are CPR and First Aid certified. There is a 1:3 staff/child ratio in classrooms with infants and toddlers.
Infants and Toddlers are encouraged to learn about the world around them through the exploration of different sights, sounds, and textures.
Age-appropriate toys that appeal to the senses of sight, hearing, and touch are provided so infants can satisfy their natural curiosity. Teachers also use poems, fingerplays, songs, and stories to develop early communication skills.
Around the time of their first birthday, infants transition to the Toddler Room where they have additional opportunities to learn and discover. The curriculum engages toddlers in developmentally appropriate group activities while still encouraging individual exploration. Toddlers continue to build communication skills through literacy and music activities and develop small motor skills through simple art projects.
Most importantly, teachers in the Infant and Toddler Program establish trusting relationships so the children in their classrooms feel safe and secure and families are confident about the care being provided.
Two and Three Year Old Program
Wicomico Day School’s Two’s and Three’s program is designed to provide many different learning experiences for preschoolers to promote their increased independence, to develop social skills, and to build the confidence they need to reach their potential beyond preschool. Teachers who have been trained in early childhood education prepare lessons and activities that develop early reading, writing, and math skills.
The Two’s classrooms have a 1:6 staff/child ratio so teachers can still provide plenty of one on one time with each of the children. During the day, children in these classrooms participate in circle time, create art projects, enjoy music and movement activities, and develop small and large motor coordination through indoor and outdoor playtime.
Children in the Three’s classrooms begin using the Core Knowledge curriculum, an educational program designed to provide a guided, direct, and effective way of addressing skill and knowledge competencies in all areas – Physical Well-Being and Motor Development, Social and Emotional Development, Language Development, and Cognitive Development. To further enhance the Core Knowledge curriculum, the three year olds attend weekly Spanish, Art, Music, and Physical Education classes. The Three’s teachers offer age-appropriate learning opportunities not only to build knowledge and skills but also to foster self-confidence and independent choices.