My mom and I were debating this today because it seems like toddlers are a hard group.
Our center has young/old age groups. So:
Young Infants are 3-9 months (not mobile)
Older Infants are 10-14 months (mobile)
Toddlers (15-24 months)
Young 2's/Older 2's etc.
I guess my concern is that there is a big difference in a 15 month old and a 24 month old. The toddler room seems like it's the only one not split.
blogger / watermelon / 14218 posts
Our daycare only takes kids 15 months and up.
There is a toddler room and a toddler nursery (which is older toddlers) and they split the kids from 15 months to 24 months between these two rooms. Not sure where the split happens because Wagon Jr. started in the toddler room at 18 months, then went straight to the young 3s room the next fall at 2 years, 9 months.
Then there's a young 3's room, then pre-k, then kindergarten.
honeydew / 7488 posts
infant room: 12 weeks to mobile (separated from older infants); mobile to 18 mo
Toddler Room: 18 mo - 3 yr (potty trained)
Early Childhood : 3-6 yr (includes Kinder)
We go to a Montessori day care/pre-school, so mixed age groups are part of the philosophy. The younger ones learn a lot from the older ones and the older ones learn to take care or be mindful of the younger ones, so it ends up being ok.