First Step Program

(12-18 MONTHS OLD)*

The Malvern School provides First Steppers with a warm, stimulating environment and daily opportunities to explore and make choices under the guidance of a caring teacher. Our curriculum** focuses on building independence and confidence while engaging in fun, age-appropriate learning activities. Our small group provides a sense of security during this transition period from infancy to toddlerhood.

*Age ranges are approximate. **The Malvern School Curriculum is fully aligned with State Early Learning Standards.

Get Set Learning Objectives


Advancement of cognitive abilities with daily activities related to colors, textures, shapes, and basic awareness of letter and number concepts.


Language and communication skill-building through naming or asking for familiar objects, repeating common words or phrases, listening, reading, and singing.


Social/emotional well being through positive interactions with teaching staff and peers, problem-solving skills, and imaginative play.


Nurturing curiosity and interest in the world around them as well as learning through inquiry and exploration. 


Development of physical skills with daily attention to improving walking, grasping, self-feeding, and hand-eye coordination, along with dumping/filling and stacking/knocking down.


Enjoyment of art and music experiences such as simple songs and fingerplays, exploring musical instruments, dancing, use of simple art materials, as well as creating and responding to art.


First Steppers have the opportunity to explore in our Fascination Station.  With a teacher close at hand, your child can explore in the sensory center, pretend, do arts & crafts, make music, scoot, or listen to a story. 


The Malvern School is dedicated to educating young children through diverse and innovative programming. When choosing The Malvern School, families' expectations are met through our commitment to providing the finest curriculum and staff, all in a nurturing environment. We pride ourselves on implementing a curriculum that is designed to meet your child's individual needs as well as meeting both NAEYC best practices and Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards. At the Malvern School, your child will learn and feel loved.

A Typical Day In Our First Step Classroom

Arrival, Greeting And Self-Selected Activities
7:00am to 9:00am

Children arrive at The Malvern School, get settled in, and begin participating in learning center activities.

Snack And Self-Help Routines
9:00am to 9:15am

First Step students are consistently encouraged to develop self-help skills such as hand washing, cleaning up after meals, and identifying their belongings.

The Malvern School provides 2 organic snacks each day.

Morning Meeting
9:15am to 9:30am

Includes greeting songs, books, fingerplays and introduction of concepts.

Developmental Activities In The Classroom
9:30am to 10:00am

Activities from the curriculum plan include: cognitive, language, social/emotional, physical, art experiences and music.

Outside Play
10:00am to 11:00am

We have 3 age-appropriate playgrounds for every school: an infant playground, toddler playground, and pre-k and up playground.

Developmental Activities In The Classroom
11:00am to 12:00pm

Activities from the curriculum plan include: cognitive, language, social/emotional, physical, art experiences and music.

Fascination Station
11:00am to 11:30am

Activities include: dramatic play, art, book nook, manipulatives and music.

Developmental Activities And Lunch Prep
11:30am to 11:45am

Activities from one of the categories of the curriculum plan (cognitive, language, social/emotional, physical, art experiences and music.)

Lunch And Clean-Up Routines
11:45am to 12:30pm

Parent-provided lunches are given to the children at this time. Cleaning up after meals is also an encouraged skill.

Quiet Activities And Transition To Rest Time
12:30pm to 1:00pm

Children will participate in quiet activities as they transition from lunch to their rest time.

Rest Time
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Children will take time to nap or rest and recharge before continuing with their day.

Snack And Self-Help Routines
3:00pm to 3:30pm

Hand washing, cleaning up after meals, and identifying their belongings.

The Malvern School provides 2 organic snacks each day.

Outside Play
3:30pm to 4:15pm

Children will play in our age-appropriate infant playground.


Learning Center Activities And Pick-Up
4:15pm to 6:00pm

Learning center activities will happen at this time. Teachers will communicate with parents/guardians at pick-up about their child’s day.

This is a sample First Step schedule; actual schedules will vary by location. Diapers are checked and changed throughout the day, at a minimum of every two hours or as needed. These routines are integrated into the day to limit waiting and disruptions, and time for these tasks is accounted for in the above schedule.

Other Early Childhood Education Programs

Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions you face as a parent. The Malvern School appreciates childhood as a special and unique stage of life. Our goal is to offer you and your child a high quality, developmentally appropriate program in a secure, creative, and stimulating environment. We offer programs for children aged 6 months all the way to 8 years, so your child can grow with Malvern over the years.

Daycare Through Pre-K
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