The Penguin Room is a full time toddler classroom with ages ranging from 20 months to 3 years old.
The Penguin Room is designed to allow toddlers to discover their independence in a secure yet stimulating environment. The activities offered encourage the children to enjoy new experiences by building on what they are already comfortable with. The teachers are available in the room to encourage independence and self-help skills, and to share the “ah-hah” moments and the times when the children need comfort.
The Penguin Room works under the same philosophy and curriculum goals as the other rooms at NBCC. Our curriculum is specifically designed to enhance children’s natural development progression. In everything we do, we aim to maintain our primary goal of being a child-centered room. We observe the child’s interests and curiosities and plan all of our activities around them.
While your child is in the Penguin room we will be in constant communication. We have a large parent display board outside the room with information, we utilize the parent mailboxes, we also log the interests and activities of each child (a clipboard posted in/around the door) daily, the white erase board will highlight the overall activities of the day and photos of your child will be shared with you regularly.
In the room, the children have a few locations for their things from home. They will have a locker in the hallway, a cubby in the room and an extra clothing bin in the bathroom. Children are welcome to bring in toys from home, which they can store on their hook or in their cubby.
In the Penguin Room we practice the ideas in the following article daily. We encourage both self-help skills and choice making. There are a few things that you can do to help your child with this in the classroom.
Since many of their self-help skills are developed around dressing themselves, providing clothing and shoes that are simple for them to do on their own sets them up for success.
- Shoes that are easy to slip on and have velcro straps seem to provide the greatest success and confidence building for toddlers.
- Pants with elastic waistbands or simple snaps help children during potty turns and clothing changes.
Please read this article for more ways to help your toddler and the things we do to encourage independence in our room.
Potty Time & Modesty
We allow each child the opportunity to try the potty every time they get a diaper change. If the child is wet, they remove their own diaper standing up and we put on a clean diaper while they are still standing up. For BM diapers we use the changing table. Changing the children standing up allows for them to practice their self-help skills which, we believe, are so important for this stage of development.
We are aware and respect that young children are often open about their body and bodily functions. Children often wish to partially or fully disrobe while playing (they still need to wear underwear or a diaper) as well as taking potty turns together. While we understand this stage of development, we also understand the concerns of parents and have created guidelines to meet the needs of children and adults.
Penguin’s learning through play!
Independence & Saying Goodbye
Transitioning out of Diapers
Potty training can be a very tricky and sometimes frustrating process, so we help keep communication open and can start when you are ready at home. The American Academy of Pediatrics has more information below.
Our Penguin Room information packet provides all of the necessary material you need to know about our room, whether enrolling a new child or how a process works.