Play Groups

RIE®-Inspired Parent-Infant Play Groups (age 3 months to 36 months).

During our infant and toddler play groups I will demonstrate strategies and provide a roadmap for Respectful Parenting throughout your child’s development.  You will learn and practice skills that you can incorporate into daily routines to strengthen and build on your connection with your child and help make parenting easy(er).

Your child will enjoy a facilitated play experience with developmentally appropriate materials while socializing with other infants/toddlers. Children are allowed to explore all materials at their own pace and according to their interests. Parents are invited to closely observe their child’s exploration and discovery. I will use this time to demonstrate how to respectfully set and hold boundaries, model how to encourage autonomy and self-regulation, and use the setting to discuss common areas of concern, including: developmental milestones, sleep, feeding, tantrums, social skills, play, attachment, and much more.

You will likely find these groups to be slow-moving, calming, almost meditative. This is intentional. As Magda Gerber said, “Do less. Observe more. Enjoy most.”

Each group meets weekly from 60 – 90 minutes (varies by cohort). Parent(s)/caregiver(s) attend with their child. Children are grouped according to their stage of motor development and approximate age.

Families join for an 8-week series. Refunds are given if I have to cancel a session but not for absences. Each group is capped at 6 families.

Typical structure of the play group:

  • Warm-in
  • Snack (provided) for toddler groups
  • Quiet observation time
  • Discussion of observations and parenting in general
  • Tidy-up
  • Goodbyes

Registration for the Winter 2024 series:
The winter 2024 series is full! Registration for spring 2024 will open at the end of February. If you are interested in joining a group, please sign up for the wait-list.

Registration opens to currently enrolled families on February, 21st, to wait-list families on February 22nd, and to the public on February 23rd.


Play Group Schedule

All cohorts for the Spring 2024 session are full. If you are interested in joining next session or to be notified if a spot opens up, please fill out the wait-list form.

CohortDayTimeSpring 2024 Series DatesAvailability
Rollers and Crawlers
This group is for mobile babies. These babies might be rolling to move, inch worming, creative crawling, crawling proficiently, or pulling to stand.
Friday10:15am – 11:30amMar 22
Mar 29
Apr 5
Apr 12
Apr 19
Apr 26
SKIP May 3
May 10
May 17
FULL
Young Toddlers
This group is for babies who are turning into toddlers. They might be cruising (walking while holding onto furniture), beginning walkers, or confident walkers.
Thursday8:30am – 10:00amMar 21
Mar 28
Apr 4
Apr 11
Apr 18
Apr 25
SKIP May 2
May 9
May 16
FULL
Older Toddlers (~18 to 27 months):
This group is for full blown toddlers who are walking most, if not all, of the time.
Thursday10:30am – 12:00pmMar 21
Mar 28
Apr 4
Apr 11
Apr 18
Apr 25
SKIP May 2
May 9
May 16
FULL
Friday Oldest Toddlers (~27 to 36 months):
This group is for the oldest toddlers who are turning into “big kids”.
Friday8:15am – 9:45amMar 22
Mar 29
Apr 5
Apr 12
Apr 19
Apr 26
SKIP May 3
May 10
May 17
FULL
Monday Oldest Toddlers (~27 to 37 months):
This group is for the oldest toddlers who are turning into “big kids”.
Monday10:15am – 11:45amMar 25
Apr 1
Apr 8
Apr 15
Apr 22
Apr 29
SKIP May 6
May 13
May 20
FULL

Please select the group that most closely matches your child’s current mobility skills (or age for the older groups). I purposely removed age ranges for the younger groups because there is so much variation of motor skills across the early months. I’d rather you pick the group that best matches your child’s mobility than their age. You might also want to consider nap schedule, social skills, and cognitive development. Also, there is always going to be a bit of an assortment of abilities in each group and that’s great!

If you’re not quite sure, please reach out, and I can help!


Cost

When registering, you are registering for a full 8-week series (see dates above). Refunds are given if I have to cancel a session but not for absences.

PackageCost
8-Week Series $175

If you have twins or triplets or for sliding scale payment options, please contact me.


Location

503 Remington St. Suite 04 | Fort Collins, CO

When you enter the main door, go straight and then down the stairs on the right. Suite 04 is in the middle of the hall on the left side. You are welcome to park in the parking spots on the side and behind the building. There is also ample street parking on Remington or Myrtle.


Ready to join a play group?

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