The Toddler age group is nicknamed the Busy Bees, and is divided into two classrooms: Busy Bee Wings and Busy Bee Stripes. Each classroom has a capacity of eight (8) children each, or 16 toddlers total. The Busy Bees range in age from 18 months through 2½ or 3 years old. Children are assigned to a specific teaching team who will have primary responsibility for them and provide ongoing personal contact, meaningful learning activities, supervision, and immediate care as needed to protect the child’s well-being.
When a child turns 2½ years old (30 months), s/he is eligible for the Buttercups age group if a space in one of the Buttercup classrooms is available. Those children stay in Buttercups until they are 3½ or 4 years old. There are 24 Buttercups total, divided into two classrooms of twelve (12) children each: the Buttercup Blossoms and Buttercup Roots. Again children are assigned to a specific teaching team as they were in Busy Bees.
Once a child is 3½ years old, s/he is eligible to move to the Preschool classroom, called the Koalas if a Koala space is available. There is space for 18 children in that classroom and they function as one group. Children are age-eligible for continued enrollment at Hoya Kids until the last Friday in August of the academic year they turn 5 years of age.
Toddlers and two-year-olds are active, eager learners. Busy Bees and Buttercups meet the changing needs of individual children by providing a safe and appropriate environment that is both challenging and stimulating. As the children develop independence and feelings of autonomy, the staff provides opportunities for exploration, the development of gross and fine motor skills, of self-help skills, and of language skills. The children can enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities as they choose from a wide variety of toys and equipment.
During the preschool years in the Koala classroom, children are involved in active learning through discovery and hands-on activities which will encourage language development, pre-math skills, creativity, and the development of positive self-esteem. Each child is encouraged to make appropriate choices and reach his or her highest potential within an appropriate, nurturing environment.
Our Center follows guidelines established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The ratio between staff and children and the group size does not exceed the following NAEYC guidelines:
18 months to 2½ years - 1:4 with a group of 8 or less