Mission Statement

Creative Horizon’s vision is to have a loving, nurturing and educated staff who partner with parents to help children develop the life skills and education needed in order to have a positive role in the community.

Older Toddler and Two Year Old Program

Older Toddler~ 18 months
Child to staff ratio is 4:1

2 year old's
Child to staff ratio is 8:1

 

The toddler and two year old program is based on a planned but flexible schedule according to the children’s needs.

Always remembering that play is the most important thing to teach them social skills.

To transition your child from toddler care to two year old activities such as:

  • Changing from parallel play to interactive play including large group activities and small group activities or one-on-one.
  • A short circle time
  • Working on creative projects.
  • Potty training
  • Peer relationships

OUR GOALS

 for your older Toddler at Creative Horizons

 

We want every child to feel safe and secure at Creative Horizons.   So of course, we first need to meet their physical needs!  Toddlers need to be clean and dry, have plenty of nutritious and familiar things to eat and they need to be warm and to feel safe and loved. They need to sleep when they are sleepy and eat when hungry and be cuddled for an unlimited amount of time each day! This is the basis of our philosophy for our toddlers!

But this is just the beginning. . . . . this is just meeting their physical needs.  We also want our little ones to grow intellectually and emotionally. We want them to learn words and language, to recognize faces and people, to sing and love music, to socialize and learn to play ad get along with others and to reach their full potential in every way!

Our owner/director, Ann Lynch, is in this business because she loves the children and because their well-being is as important to her as it is to you.  Ann decided a long time ago that her life’s work was to provide care and education for the children of Helena. With a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education Ann is known throughout Montana for her dedication to quality care. Creative Horizons is one of the few Early Childhood Centers in Helena that participates in the Child Care Nutrition Program. This program requires that all meals & snacks meet the highest nutritional standards. Creative Horizons provides formula and baby food, insuring that each baby’s nutritional needs are consistently met.

WELCOME TO CREATIVE HORIZONS, WHERE YOUR CHILD’S WELL-BEING IS OUR LIFE’S WORK!

 

 PLAYTIME at CREATIVE HORIZONS

TODDLERS need a variety of age-appropriate toys and materials that they can manipulate and play with at will. At Creative Horizons we choose activities carefully to strengthen fine motor control while encouraging and reinforcing important skills.

For TODDLERS we have grasping toys, busy boxes, nested cups, containers to fill and dump, soft blocks to stack, stacking rings and various nesting toys. We introduce books to toddlers, with soft plastic books that have colorful pictures and simple stories that toddlers can enjoy.

We choose toddlers toys carefully so that they are challenging but not frustrating. We check materials frequently to see that they are safe and in good repair. Our goal is for our little ones to have the very best!

 

Creative Horizons Class Schedule

Older Toddler Class

 The Rabbit Room Daily Schedule

 

 

 7:30 – Arrival – All children wash their hands for Play!

 7:40 – 8:15 Centers are open! Children may choose table activities or activity centers.

8:15 – 8:30 Clean up and get ready for Breakfast – Diaper/Potty time - Wash Hands!

8:30 – 9:00 Breakfast with our friends

9:00 – 9:30 Sensory Activities, Cuddle time with our Teachers, Quiet Playtime

9:30 – 9:45 Circle Time and Story Time                  

9:45 – 10:00 Diaper and Potty time, wash hands and cuddle with our teachers

10:00 – 10:45  Outside Play or Indoor P.E. Circle Games and Musical Activities

10:45 – 11:00 Clean up, Wash hands and get ready for lunch

11:00 – 11:30 Lunch with our friends

11:30 – 12:00 After Lunch clean up. Diaper and Potty time and hand-washing

12:00 – 2:00 Nap time: Our teachers read stories as we are laying down!

2:00 – 2:30 We have quiet activities while diapers are changed and we are waking up.

2:30 – 3:00 Clean up for Snack, wash hands!

3:00 – 3:30 Snack time with our friends

3:30 – 4:00 Outside Play/Indoor P.E.  – Circle Games, Group Games, Musical Activities  

4:30 – 5:00 Sensory Activities, Sand and Water Play, Table and Floor Activities

5:00 – 5:15  Cuddle with our teachers and get ready to go home.

5:15 – 5:30 Time to go home!                   

 

 

 

OUR GOALS

 for your 2 year-old at Creative Horizons

We want every child to feel safe and secure at Creative Horizons.   So of course, we first need to meet their physical needs!  2’s also need to be introduced to the potty – perhaps the single biggest achievement this year! And they need to have plenty of nutritious and familiar things to eat and they need to be warm and to feel safe and loved. They need a good nap and lots and lots of cuddles. This is the basis of our philosophy for our 2’s!

But this is just the beginning. . . . . this is just meeting their physical needs.  We also want our little ones to grow intellectually and emotionally. We want them to learn words and language, to recognize colors and shapes, to sing and love music, to socialize and learn to play and get along with others and to reach their full potential in every way!

Our owner/director, Ann Lynch, is in this business because she loves the children and because their well-being is as important to her as it is to you.  Ann decided a long time ago that her life’s work was to provide care and education for the children of Helena. With a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education Ann is known throughout Montana for her dedication to quality care. Creative Horizons is one of the few Early Childhood Centers in Helena that participates in the Child Care Nutrition Program. This program requires that all meals & snacks meet the highest nutritional standards. 

WELCOME TO CREATIVE HORIZONS, WHERE YOUR CHILD’S WELL-BEING IS OUR LIFE’S WORK!

 

PLAYTIME at CREATIVE HORIZONS

TWO YEAR-OLDS need a variety of age-appropriate toys and materials that they can manipulate and play with at will. At Creative Horizons we choose activities carefully to strengthen fine motor control while encouraging and reinforcing important skills.

For 2’s we have puzzles, trucks and cars, dolls and soft toys, containers to fill and dump,  blocks to stack and build, stacking rings and various beginning building toys. We have many books for 2’s – books for teachers to read and special books for 2’s to handle and enjoy on their own. 2’s enjoy “pretend” play and love to play dress up in the dramatic play corner, manipulate puppets in the puppet area, and race cars around winding raceways

We choose 2’s toys carefully so that they are challenging but not frustrating. We check materials frequently to see that they are safe and in good repair. Our goal is for our little ones to have the very best!

 

Creative Horizons Class Schedule 

Two Year-Old Class

 Deer Daily Schedule

 

 7:30 – Arrival – All children wash their hands for Play!

 7:40 – 8:15 Centers are open! Children choose table activities/activity centers.

8:15 – 8:30Clean up! Ready for Breakfast – Diaper/Potty time - Wash Hands!

8:30 – 9:00 Breakfast with our friends

9:00 – 9:30 Sensory Activities, Cuddle time with our Teachers, Quiet Playtime

9:30 – 9:45 Music and Movement                   

9:45  – 10:00 Diaper and Potty time, wash hands and cuddle with our teachers

10:00 – 10:15 Projects and Centers

10:15 – 10:45 Outside Play or Indoor P.E. – Circle Games and Musical Activities

10:45 – 11:00 Clean up, Wash hands and get ready for lunch

11:00 – 11:30 Lunch with our friends

11:30 – 12:00 After Lunch clean up. Bathroom/hand washing, get ready for quiet time.

12:00 – 2:00 Nap and rest time, quiet activities on mats

2:00 – 2:45 Centers are open. Children may choose table activities or activity centers

2:45 – 3:00 Clean up for Snack, wash hands!

3:00 – 3:30 Snack time with our friends

3:30 – 4:00 Outside Play/Indoor P.E.  – Circle Games, Group Games, Musical Activities  

4:30 – 5:00 Story time with our teacher! Also, music and movement and games!

5:00 – 5:15 Quiet Table Activities

5:15 – 5:30 Time to go home! 

 

HEALTH PRACTICES AT CREATIVE HORIZONS

We know that hand washing is the single most important thing we can do to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Adult caregivers and children wash hands frequently throughout the day. Caregivers wash their hands when they enter the room, when returning from a break, or just getting supplies from another room. And of course they wash before and after meals ad after diaper changing or dealing with bodily fluids, such as wiping noses or cleaning “spit-up”.

Kids hands are washed before and after sensory and messy play, after coming in from outside, and after diaper changes and potty time.

Toys and tables are sanitized regularly. Noses are wiped promptly and tissues are NOT shared.  All dirty surfaces are cleaned with sanitizer.

All beds, cots, and sleeping surfaces are assigned to one child, and not shared. Likewise, blankets and bedding are assigned to one child at a time and never shared. Linens and blankets are laundered weekly or more often as necessary.                                                                                          

We post illnesses that are confirmed ad call parents to pick up children that are ill, to avoid the spread of disease and viruses.

 

SAFETY PRACTICES AT CREATIVE HORIZONS

Protecting children is critical in providing quality care.  At Creative Horizons we work hard to minimize hazards both inside and out. Teachers are trained to anticipate potential safety problems and demonstrate and teach children safe practice.

We make sure there are enough staff present to supervise children safely during “rowdy” activities as well as quiet play.  Children are never left unsupervised.   Staff stay close to children while they are eating new foods. Bottles are never propped and of course infants are always held during feeding.

At Creative Horizons we hold regular fire and emergency drills. All staff receive ongoing training in what to do in an emergency. First Aid kits are available in each classroom and our caregivers are trained in first aid as well as CPR.

 

Meals and Snacks at Creative Horizons

 

 Our kids love their delicious meals at Creative Horizons. We are proud to be one of the very few Child Development Centers in Helena that participates in the Child Care Nutrition Program, a federal program that helps us by carefully monitoring and approving every item of food that we serve. All meals and snacks are approved by a nutritionist, and tested by kids make sure it taste good! It’s important that children eat familiar foods, this helps them to feel at home here, but equally important is the fact that we carefully introduce new taste experiences to students, and encourage everyone to try different and new foods.

Menus are always available on the front counter, you will always know what your child is eating every day, for every meal and every snack!

Our breakfasts include Oatmeal, French Toast, Strawberry Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs and Cheerios and Fruit. Breakfast always includes fruit or fruit juice and Milk. We never serve artificial juice drink. When we say juice, we mean 100% fruit juice!

Our lunches are designed to fill hungry tummies and to provide necessary nutrients for growing bodies. Beef Spaghetti and Macaroni and Cheese with Ham are big favorites, but our kids also love Chicken Noodle Soup loaded with vegetables, Bean and Cheese Burritos and Chicken Quesadillas, to name just a few. Fruit and Vegetables are served with every lunch, as is milk.

Afternoon snack is vital, since play is hard work!  All the kids  love our Blueberry Smoothies, Trail Mix & String Cheese with Crackers. Our kids get a variety of different foods. We prepare enough food so that everyone gets plenty!