Toddler One – 18 to 28 Months


Bright Beginnings Academy in Sewell, NJ provides a nurturing, stimulating, and educational environment with lots of loving care for young toddlers. Toddlers are transitioning from individual plans into group schedules, including meals, play activities, circle time, and potty training. Our teaching staff provides opportunities to learn and explore their classroom centers. 

We teach through play, exploration, and patience…

We teach toddlers the way we’d want our children taught: with patience, love and a lot of paint! Along the way, we ensure individual needs are met and your toddler settles into a calm routine.

We Keep Toddlers Busy and Fully Engaged!

Toddlers are typically “into everything” and move at the speed of lightning so we make sure to over plan- toddlers need plenty of exciting activities but tire of them quickly!

Our Toddler Teachers are Patient, Creative and Flexible!

It’s essential that toddler teachers fully embrace the unique wonder of a toddler. Some days, lesson plans must be adjusted to allow the teacher to better meet needs that arise.

They are curious, emotional and demanding and their highs and lows are exhausting for parents and teachers. By keeping our toddlers on a predictable routine with ample time for quiet play, free choices, and outdoor play. 


We focus on: 

  • Provide consistent daily routine in classroom with nurturing caregivers
  • Language skills through sign language, nursery rhymes, one-on-one conversations
  • Plenty of time outside to explore and build physical skills like hand-eye coordination, hopping and creative movement
  • Numerous tactile and sensory exploration opportunities 
  • Musical skills through lullabies and rhythm instruments
  • Encourage “side by side” play with teacher supervision
  • Teacher modeling all activities to ensure optimal safety and one on one
  • Repetitive activities to gain confidence
  • Encouraging expressing one-self with words


7:00 - 9:00 am Arrival and Greetings - Toddlers arrive and are greeted by the staff. Parents relay important information to the caregiver such as feeding schedules, napping schedules and any other special needs for that child.  This information will be recorded on the “Daily Log Sheet”.  Physical need routines such as feeding, diapering, and toileting occur as needed.

9:00 - 9:15 am Circle Time - Toddlers enjoy circle time in their whole group which may include storytelling, fingerplays, puppets, and singing.

9:15 - 9:55 am Creative Art / Activity Centers - Each toddler may choose activities from the various centers such as dramatic play, sensory play, block building and creative art exploration.

9:55 - 10:25 am Diapering / Potty Break / Snack - A healthy snack is served in small groups.

10:25 - 10:40 am Music & Movement - Toddlers will enjoy learning fingerplays, songs, Nursery Rhymes etc while jumping and dancing around the room to all their favorite tunes.

10:40 - 11:00 am Gross Motor Play (Outdoor Play / Gym Play) - Toddlers will spend small group time with their caregiver taking a walk, playing in the playground, sandbox, and bubble play.

11:00 - 11:30 am Developmental Activities / Manipulative Play - Toddlers will spend small group time enjoying developmental activities that will work on Sensory Motor Development, Language Development, Social-Personal Development and Cognitive Development.

11:30 - 11:40am Diapering / Potty Break / Clean-up for Lunch.

11:40 - 12:30 pm Lunch - Toddlers are fed lunch provided by our parents.  After lunch, children enjoy quiet story telling time. Diapering and toileting are done as needed and children prepare for nap time.

12:30 - 3:00 pm Nap Time - During nap time caregivers play soft music while the children sleep.  Toddlers who are awake during this time enjoy looking at books and other quiet activities.

3:00 - 3:20 pm Afternoon Snack / Daily Needs Routine - Toddlers will begin waking up from a nap.  They will be diapered/toileted individually as they awaken.  Children are served snack and get ready for Playtime.

3:20 - 3:40pm Gross Motor Play (Outdoor / Indoor) - Outdoor playtime (weather permitting) or indoor Gym time.  Activities may include bubble play, small riding toys, ball play and playground equipment.

4:00 – 6:00pm Quiet Activities / Dismissal - Toddlers engage in quiet activities. Caregivers share information of the child’s day with parent.