Explorer I: 2 years – 2 1/2 years

Build a Love of Learning at our Dublin, OH Childcare

Dublin Learning Academy’s Explorer classroom is a Dublin, OH childcare for 2 to 2.5-year-olds. Explorers demonstrate an interest in how they fit into the world around them and enjoy teacher-led demonstrations and hands-on art projects.

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Class Size

Max 7

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7am – 6pm

About Dublin Learning Academy's Explorer I Program

The experienced teachers at Dublin Learning Academy promote your child’s growing independence and social skills as they begin to create relationships with their peers. Language, Social Sciences, Hygiene, Letter Recognition, and Expanding Vocabulary are central themes in our daily activities. Explorers participate in rhythmic activities to help develop body dexterity and hands-on art projects to stimulate creativity. Through an age-appropriate curriculum designed around their needs and interests, Dublin Learning Academy is able to assist Explorers as they meet personal learning targets in fun and educational ways.

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What We Learn

In Dublin Learning Academy’s Explorer Program, your toddler will continue building upon what they learned in the Lil’ Dreamers and Dreamer Programs. We work closely with our Explorers to be sure each child is achieving goals at Dublin Learning Academy.

Dublin Childcare for 2 to 2.5-year-old Developmental Milestones

The care and development of each Explorer is the top priority of our experienced teachers and staff. Our teachers strive for, assess, and celebrate the following milestones:

Language Arts

  • Recognizes the letters of the alphabet
  • Knows letter sounds
  • Makes eye contact when communicating
  • Retells a story
  • Speaks clearly and can be understood by peers


  • Recognizes colors by name
  • Recognizes shapes by name
  • Identifies numbers 1-10
  • Counts from 1-20


  • Identifies family members
  • Recognizes days of the week and months of the year
  • Identifies body parts
  • Identifies the weather

Motor Skills

  • Drinks from a cup and feeds self
  • Opens doors
  • Begin potty training


  • Separates easily from parents
  • Shares and interacts well with friends
  • Recognizes being dirty vs. clean
  • Stays attentive to the task at hand
  • Adheres to set expectations
  • Cleans up work/play area
  • Follows discipline policy and corrects behavior
  • Shows interest in keeping good hygiene
  • Expresses ideas, feelings, events, needs, and wants with words

Focus in the Explorer Classroom

Focus in the Explorer Classroom

In our Dublin, OH childcare for 1.5 to 2-year-olds, your child is encouraged to explore and discover new ways of learning. Explorers focus on expanding their vocabulary, talking in short sentences, recognizing the alphabet by sight, counting to 20, and recognizing basic shapes, colors, and different types of weather. Teachers use hands-on activities to make learning fun. We use weekly themes to keep learning exciting while introducing new concepts to your toddler.

What We Do

Rewards & Discipline

Explorer Program teachers encourage children with behavior charts and plenty of praise! Children are rewarded when they use gentle hands, share, practice good manners, clean up, and listen. Redirection is used when inappropriate behavior is used. If it is continuously displayed, the child is asked to take a break so they have time to think about and correct their behavior.


Explorers eat individually packed lunches from home. Snacks are provided by Dublin Learning Academy, though students are welcome to bring individual snacks. Dublin Learning Academy also provides milk for Explorers at lunch and snack times. A microwave and refrigerator are located in the classroom for food storage convenience. Early arrivals may bring breakfast to eat at school. Please note that due to the health risks of students with severe allergies, Dublin Learning Academy has a school-wide peanut-free policy.

Nap Time

Each day after lunch, our Explorers settle in for nap time on their assigned cots. Bedding is provided by the parent and is sent home on the last school day of the week for cleaning.

Potty Training

At our Dublin, OH childcare for 1.5 to 2-year-olds, your child begins to actively potty train. Teachers work with each family to determine when your child is ready to potty train. Students will need to keep extra clothes at school for accidents.

Daily Schedule

Our teachers and staff use a daily schedule to ensure a well-rounded learning experience. This is a typical Explorer schedule:

  • 7:00-8:30 Free Choice
  • 8:30-9:00 Snack
  • 9:00-9:30 Circle Time
  • 9:30-10:45 Core Learning (Math, Science, Language Arts, Art)
  • 10:45-11:15 Outside
  • 11:15-12:00 Lunch
  • 12:00-12:30 Story Time
  • 12:30-2:30 Nap
  • 2:30-3:00 Snack
  • 3:00-3:30 Closing Circle
  • 3:30-4:00 Teacher Choice
  • 4:00-4:30 Outside/Large Muscle
  • 4:30-6:00 Teacher’s Choice

What We Need

Personal Items

  • 1 Water Bottle (labeled)
  • 1 Package of Diapers or Pull-Ups (as needed)
  • Crib Sheet for Cot
  • Extra Set of Clothing

Forms of Paperwork

  • Tuition Agreement
  • Student Profile
  • Child Enrollment/Health Information Form
  • Pick Up Authorization Form
  • Medical/Physical Care Plan (if needed)
  • Parent Handbook Agreement
  • Family Key Agreement
  • Media Form
  • Medical Statement

Enrolling your child in the Explorer Class

Enrolling your child in a Dublin, OH childcare for 1.5 to 2-year-olds is a huge but exciting decision! If you have any questions about this transition, our staff is here to help. Upon enrolling at Dublin Learning Academy, we will ask that all paperwork be completed before your child’s first day. Make sure to label all personal items.

Enroll Today

Interested in enrolling your child in any of our Dublin, OH toddler care programs or do you need more information? Reach out to us today.