Infant and Toddler Daycare

Infants and Toddlers need a safe and healthy environment but above all they need to feel loved. Starting Points provides a loving, nurturing and stimulating environment that helps infants/toddlers with the important early development of the brain and lays a foundation for intellectual growth, emotional health and a positive self-image.  The staff use music, reading and interactive play to help stimulate each child’s natural development.  Bright and colorful books, toys and puppets encourage exploration and new challenges.  The staff also encourage sign language as a way of communication until verbal communication skills are developed.

Starting Points uses the Tennessee Early Learning Development Standards to prepare engaging lesson plans. These standards form a framework that allows even the youngest child to develop to their fullest potential.

1. Approaches to Learning

Teachers provide hands-on age appropriate activities, toys, and interactions that support each child’s learning style. This not only helps with healthy brain development but also lets children approach learning with anticipation and excitement.

2. Social/Emotional

Teachers provide a safe and secure learning environment in order for the children to feel secure in exploring their environment. Planned activities and interactions help the children begin to develop an idea of who they are and how they fit into their world. They also begin to understand their emotions which lay a foundation for self-regulation.

3. Language and Early Literacy

Teachers expose children to a language rich environment through conversations, books, music, and consistently respond to children’s early attempts at communication (crying, facial expressions, laughing, etc.).

4. Math

Teachers provide everyday hands-on experiences that allow young children to use their senses to classify, categorize, and sort information so that it has meaning to them.

5. Science

Teachers provide many sensory experiences (taste, touch, smell, looking, and listening) to foster children’s natural inclinations to learn about their world.

6. Social Studies

Teachers develop a relationship with the children so the children feel comfortable exploring their environment. Children trust their teacher will keep them safe when experiencing the unfamiliar.

7. Creative Arts

Teachers provide fun activities that allow the children to express their ideas, feeling, and interests through art, music, dance, and dress up/role play (toddlers).

8. Physical Development

Teachers provide a safe and healthy environment in which children can move and explore. They also provide opportunities for practice with manipulating small objects (puzzles, blocks, crayons, etc.).

Celebrating Over 20 years

The school is so great! Nature, science, reading, writing centers and so many wonderful ways to learn around every corner. The teachers are just so amazing and wonderful with the children. My son has been in Miss Lynn’s class (go Mighty Moths) for little over a year now. He just turned 5 and has been writing and beginning to read for months now. He has learned so much educationally but also socially. So so happy he goes to Starting Points!
Christine C.

Primary Communities Served

Ball Camp
Cedar Bluff

Fountain City
Hardin Valley

North Hills

North Knoxville

Ridge Brook

South Knoxville
West Hills
Western Heights