(Prenatal to 14 months)

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. This class begins with adult quiet observation as the children play explore and play. 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.



(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. This class begins with adult quiet observation as the children play explore and play. 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. 


(Ages 22-36 months)

Toddler Play class nurtures a child’s necessary work of play. This class begins with adult quiet observation as the children play explore and 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. 


(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!

Classes will meet at different outdoor locations in the Ojai area.  Examples of places we might go are the Ventura River Preserve, the Ojai Meadow Preserve, Wheeler Gorge and Libbey Park by the bike path.  A simple snack will be provided.  We suggest caregivers bring additional snacks for their children as many will work up an appetite!

Pre-Registration is required for all classes.  Payment plans are available, Scholarships are available but limited. 



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“The Core Class Facilitators and the Emotional Care team at the Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center are mandated reporters. We are legally and ethically required to report known or suspected child maltreatment to child protective services and or law enforcement.”