West Essex YMCA

Waddler Care

In our waddler rooms, each caregiver knows that the first and most important thing is forming a close relationship with their assigned children and his/her family. We provide daily written communication, but we always encourage phone calls or visits.

  • Children between ages 13-23 months
  • Waddler ratio is 1:4
  • All caregivers are CPR and first aid certified. 
  • Our teachers make sure that each child is stimulated by organized activities such as arts and craft, music and movement, story time, water play, finger play, songs. 
  • Our teachers consistently work on the developing language skills.
  • Activities are play-based which encourages a lot of interaction with toys and people, and allow for individual children to grow and learn differently. 

Then, as your child progresses, we create an environment that will build your child's fine/gross motor skills, as well as his/her cognitive developmentThe environment includes both soft and hard surfaces for a variety of textures

Parent Testimonials:

  • Ms Lolita is sweet, loving and always so friendly when people enter the center. She is Peanut Shell’s quiet treasure. She is the perfect transition from “baby” to “big kid.” She is very creative with the kids and always has fun art projects going on. She can often be seen dancing with the kids as early as 7 a.m.! We love her.

  • Ms Adette should be recognized for her patience, persistence and understanding in teaching my daughter to hug and kiss (as opposed to biting!) and to adjust in a loving way to the new addition to the family of her baby brother.

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