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Toddler Community (18 months – 3 years)

“I am a unique person.”

Program Description

  • Five-days a week, half-day program: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-11:45 am
  • Children must be walking steadily.
  • Children do not need to be toilet trained.
  • Maximum of 12 students in a small, home-like setting with one trained Montessori teacher and one experienced assistant.
  • This language-rich environment provides a unique opportunity for children to exercise their independence in a warm, nurturing, and creative environment.
  • All furniture and materials in the indoor & outdoor learning space are carefully chosen and designed to aid in the development of movement and coordination, language, and cognitive development.
  • Children learn practical life skills such as how to pour their own water, serve themselves a snack, put on their coat, blow their nose, and cleanup a spill (not to mention toilet-training!).
  • The classroom has plenty of room for social interactions, which reinforce the grace and courtesy lessons and provide opportunities to learn about sharing, taking turns, being patient and being a good friend.
  • Activities are designed to develop coordination and independence as well as to encourage positive group interaction and increased self-esteem.
  • Teachers provide warmth, patience, and the encouragement necessary for each child to reach their unique potential.
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Toddler Montessori School in Tampa, FL

Dr. Montessori believed that the first three years of life are the most fundamental in the development of human beings and their potential.

The CMS Toddler Community offers children aged 18 to approximately 36 months opportunities to explore their independence and connection to the world using their extraordinary capacity for learning. The environment is set up much like a home, with areas for preparing food, eating, changing clothes, toileting, group activities, individual work and quiet moments.

Rather than a classroom setting, it is a nurturing environment, which cultivates motor coordination, independence, and language. Some of the classroom activities include food preparation, tending to plants, sharing a beautiful song, and working with materials that help with large and small motor coordination.

Children are able to develop relationships with adults and children outside his or her own family, and developing these relationships helps build social skills and helps the child start to understand her relationship to her community and environment.

In the Toddler Community, we focus on the child’s development of self-confidence, growing independence, and understanding that he or she is a respected member of a community. Children are free to explore and find works that spark their interest in a safe and carefully prepared indoor and outdoor environment.

Montessori materials emphasize exploration and experimentation and help to develop the child’s ability to concentrate and focus, refine sensory perceptions, aid in gross and fine motor abilities, and language skills. Once the child shows readiness, usually around 2.5 to 3 years of age, he or she starts their transition into one of our Primary Classrooms.

The Parent’s Role

Parents play a significant role in their child’s experience in the Toddler Community! There are many opportunities for parents to discuss their child’s experiences with the Guide, through scheduled conferences, phone calls, and emails. Both parents are required to attend all educational events: Parent Night, Journey & Discovery, and Being A Montessori Parent and to observe their child throughout the year. Insights from observations, conferences and other informal communications will help you to greater understand your child’s development as well as to incorporate the principles of the Toddler Community into your own home life, creating consistent expectations and experiences.

What to Expect

The pace of the Toddler Community is unhurried and homelike, thus supporting children in their early strides for independence.

The Toddler Community is a nurturing environment where very young children experience their first structured contact with other children. By this time, the children are able to separate from their parents in a positive and enjoyable way and benefit from new experiences.

Give your child the gift of a quality education.

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