Pre-Toddler Daycare

Age 1 to 2 Years
Pre-Toddler Daycare

The Pre-Toddler classroom is a friendly, warm-hearted setting that focuses on your one-year-old's development of new skills. Their use of language grows every day, at the same time that rudimentary math reasoning ability begin to emerge. Our multi-disciplinary learning center works hard to ensure the success of mastering individual skills and discovering new interests through creative thinking, art expressions, and outdoor learning, all the while at play.

Facts about the Pre-Toddler Daycare Program

  • Our Pre-Toddler Program is designed for one-year-olds
  • Ratio is 11 students to one teacher, and every teacher has an assistant
  • Schedules are becoming a bit less individualized and more group-oriented as they become aware of other children

Pre-Toddler Daycare Hours

  • Monday - Friday, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Extended Day, Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Please see Extended Day Pricing for more information.

About One-Year-Olds

Your one-year old, your amazing, miraculous former baby, is now becoming a toddler.  They are beginning to use simple words, including ma-ma or da-da, trying to name a sibling or a pet or a toy.  They are very active, very curious, very expressive.  They love social games, such as hiding something and coaxing you to find it, and we play with them constantly.

We read to them all the time. We play simple games with them, watching and guiding them as they play.  Most play is individual at this age, but they are generous now, and like to share what they love with others. Our songs and oral activities reinforce sounds and their fine motor skills.

One-year-olds are wonderful, wondrous, willful! They'll knock your socks off!


  • are standing, holding on to furniture, walking
  • drinking from a cup without a lid as you hold it, eventually alone
  • picks up items between thumb and pointer finger, such as Cheerios
  • puts things in and out of containers, bangs things together
  • looks at the correct picture when it is named
  • cries when his/her parents leave
  • follows simple directions
  • explores things by shaking or throwing

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I walk my child to his/her classroom myself?

You may walk your one-year-old to the main entrance, where their teacher will meet you and carefully and lovingly take your child to the classroom to meet the other children.

Where do I drop off my child?

The main entrance to Little Friends Preschool is on the north side of the HAB campus, between the building and the baseball fields. You may walk your child up the sidewalk beside the playground (on the right) to the main entrance to the preschool, where the teacher will meet you.

What are your requirements as to vaccinations and school physicals?

We follow the Florida Department of Child and Family (DCF) vaccination rules. The completed forms are due no later than the first day of school.

What supplies do I need to send with my child?

There is a specific list given to parents for their baby's needs. If there is a special need, the teacher and principal will review it with you.

What if I want to check on my child during the day?

You can always communicate with the teacher about your child at any time using the Procare phone app.

What supplies do I need to send with my child?

There is a specific list given to parents for your baby's needs.  If there is a special need, the teacher and principal will personally review it with you.

Have additional questions?

Please don't hesitate to get in touch.

What Parents are Saying...

We found Little Friends when our littles were two and one, and it was more than we could have ever hoped for. We wanted a small community for our kids, with class sizes allowing for more time with their teacher and close relationships with their friends. We loved that our children would be in an environment centered on kindness, love and respect for others and self, and Christian values. What we never imagined was that Little Friends would become our family. The teachers deeply care for our children, see their unique needs, and educate them in a way that allows them to shine. The families of Little Friends became our support system as we all raised bold, brave, and compassionate littles; a celebration of new friends among the children and those that raise them. They can engage in wholistic learning and fun, with music classes, the STEM lab, and our personal favorite, time spent in the garden. We recently moved but remain at Little Friends because, in Jacksonville, there is truly nothing like it. It is safe, warm, and welcoming, and for our family, it is truly a second home.

Kathryn Snowden

Now Accepting Applications

Little Friends would love to have your son or daughter join us for the upcoming school year. Space is limited, so please apply.

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