Pregnancy and new babies bring profound transitions to families. You are not alone! Questions may arise about a baby’s crying, need for holding, feeding and sleeping. Explore your new role as a mother or father, how it feels and what you need while in the company of other parents and professionals. Together, we’ll build skills in observing and learning about infants and very young tots – learning a baby’s perspective while finding calm, exploring infant / tot parent partnerships, attachment cues and trust. Join our group to learn about infant development, becoming a parent, and you and your baby’s journey toward a secure beginning. You’ll learn how to understand what you see and feel in your baby, as a mother/father, and the bond in between.
Oak View Class is a two circle class. On the outside circle we have PhD. and MFT Clinical Interns observing for their studies in child development and early attachment. They are joined by their supervisor Clinical Director, Dr. Marsha McKeon 805.646.7559 ext. 2.
BABY FLOOR TIME
(Ages 12-24 Months)
Young toddlers require the freedom to move and to attend to exploration as they work and play. Many of these young tots have grown into world explorers! In this class you’ll watch your baby expand their capacity to be with other tots and adults in an environment that is specifically designed for the very young. You’ll learn about young toddler competence, parallel play, and the emergence of problem solving with others. You’ll discover how to support new feeding and sleeping patterns, temperament, anger, waiting, listening, autonomy, and attachment styles in both you and your baby. Your tools and capacity to be in relationship with your baby will grow. Your baby will discover their own unique place of comfort within themselves and with others. This class begins with adult quiet observation!
Toddler Play class nurtures a child’s necessary work of play. Your growing tot will have inside and outside child centered play, clean-up, singing and a snack. Children will learn that they can wait, listen to others, be listened to, problem solve, and be part of a group. These are the foundations for a happy family and later school success. There are also daily sensory activities for children to explore the physical world in ways that nurture brain and body development. Parents will have the opportunity to observe and learn from child play among their tot’s young peers. Parents/caregivers can share the ups and downs of living with a two year old with other parents and a NTNC professional. There is parent discussion and education with every class. You’ll learn “parent tools” for supporting feelings, attachment, autonomy, mastery and problem solving. This is an inclusion class for all tots, including those with special needs. Every parent/caregiver begins Toddler Play with observation!
TODDLER / SIBLING PLAY AND FAMILY SNACK
(Ages 22 months – 36 months, and Siblings 0 – 5 Years)
This is a child centered play group for tots with and without siblings. This group is multi-aged and geared for those families with more than one child, or families who wish to experience a diverse group of very young children. Children learn how to work and be near the other in their play and exploration. Depending on group dynamics, facilitators will have child centered activities that range from making snacks to exploring art materials. Adults observe children at play, learning how young children interact within the different stages of development. Adults will start the day in observation but will have plenty of time to share sibling stories with parent peers. Adults will learn about child development and the unfolding of family relationships through facilitated role modeling, coaching and discussion. Toddler and sibling play nurtures cooperation, naming, waiting and watching for parents and children.
TODDLER / SIBLING FOREST PROGRAM
(Ages 22 months – 5 years)
This is a child centered nature exploration and play group for tots with and without siblings. This group is multi-aged and geared for those families with more than one child, or families who wish to experience a diverse group of very young children. Children and adults will be introduced to our local wilderness through exploration, guided activities and stories. Developmentally appropriate skills are all integrated into natural learning experiences based on nature discoveries and the children’s interests. Adults observe children at play, learning how young children interact within the different stages of development. Adults will start the day in observation but will have plenty of time to share sibling stories with parent peers. Adults will learn about child development and the unfolding of family relationships through facilitated role modeling, coaching and discussion. This class is a precious experience to share with your children, from building a story nest, floating boats down the creek, scavenger hunts and playing hide and seek. The toddler and sibling forest program nurtures cooperation, exploration, waiting and observation for parents and children! Come have fun with us in nature!
Pre-Registration is required for all classes. We never turn families away for financial reasons. Scholarships/Sliding Scale are available, contact us for more information.