18 months - 3 years old 

Help me to do it myself 

The toddler years are full of energy, exploration, curiosity, and budding determination - and we sure do love this age! We strive to create a home-like environment that nurtures your child's developing personality while promoting their independence. Two qualified, caring teachers focus their love and attention each day on creating a respectful, peaceful, and safe space where your little one blossoms.

A Welcoming Space

Your child will start each day by being warmly greeted by their teacher and welcomed into their classroom environment. It is not uncommon to hear a chorus of excited greetings by friendly classmates, too. Spacious classrooms with lots of natural light provide ample room for the toddler on the go. An indoor activity gym means there's always a place to get the wiggles out and work on gross motor coordination. Child-sized shelves showcase high-quality learning materials for your child to explore and develop new skills.

A Beautiful Place

At Lamplighter, we take great care to prepare a beautiful environment conducive to learning. Engaging learning materials pique your child's natural curiosity. They are updated regularly to build on skills and maintain interest. The teacher is trained to gently steer young learners to self-direct their daily activities to encourage independence and decision-making skills. With so many things to see, touch, hear, feel, and do, your child will have new experiences and time to practice emerging skills each day. Maria Montessori once said, "One test of the correctness of the educational procedure is the happiness of the child." One look in a Montessori toddler classroom and you will see children who are happily and meaningfully absorbed in their learning environment.


Peaceful on Purpose

Parents are often surprised at how peaceful the classroom is when typical toddler programs can seem chaotic and overstimulating. A great deal of classroom preparation and Montessori philosophy training intentionally shapes a positive classroom culture. The Montessori toddler teacher models purposeful movement, a calm demeanor, and respect for each other. It is not enough to have an educational curriculum; the content of the teacher's character is pivotal in shaping your child's sense of security, confidence, awareness, and trust while preserving their innate spiritual nature.

A Drive for Independence

Adults are not responsible for who a child is to become, but are responsible for supporting the child in the process of creating themselves. We know that a child is only as independent as we expect them to be. Montessori tells us, “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” A primary focus of the Montessori toddler classroom is to support your child's natural drive towards building independence. The classroom is prepared with beautiful materials, sensory exercises, and art activities they are free to explore. They learn and practice self-care skills like hand washing, wiping their nose, and putting on their jacket. Parents particularly appreciate that toilet learning starts on the first day and is fostered until your child has mastered it. A consistent schedule helps children quickly learn the daily routine. When they know what is coming up next, they can direct their activity with more certainty. 


“Only through freedom and environmental experience is it practically
possible for human development to occur.” - Maria Montessori


A “Can-Do” Attitude

Montessori teachers anticipate and respond to your child's rapidly changing developmental needs. The school day is dedicated to teaching new skills and then providing lots of opportunity for practice. A growth mindset is encouraged from the start by viewing mistakes as learning opportunities. The teachers model this "can-do" attitude and promote an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust, and loving patience. 

First Friends

The Toddler classroom is all about making new friends and accruing valuable social skills. Your child will learn how to be a contributing member of a classroom community and develop friendship ties that will continue to flourish as they progress through Lamplighter's programs.

Look Who’s Talking

The environment is language-rich, with adults using proper terminology, rather than baby talk so that the children are exposed to and develop a broad vocabulary. A range of books allows children to explore on their own or enjoy read-aloud with an adult. Teachers also support toddlers in identifying their wants and needs as well as communicating positively with each other. Between the ages of 2 1/2 and 3 years, your toddler's communication skills will develop rapidly. They will be able to express themselves with more confidence while demonstrating the independence needed to transition to the Early Childhood classroom successfully.

Brain development begins at birth. So does education.

Choosing the right childcare option is a big decision. The quality of your toddler's early learning experience is an essential first step in their education journey.

80% of your child's brain will form by the age of three. A study published in Child Development found that the type of emotional support a child receives during the first three and a half years affects education, social life, and relationships even 20 or 30 years later. Our toddler teachers deeply understand the value of the special interplay between teacher and child that makes everyday moments so meaningful. Schedule an information session today to learn more about the benefits of a Montessori toddler education program.