Play Groups

RIE®-Inspired Infant and Toddler Play Groups (age ~3 months to 28 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 Summer 2024 series:
Registration for the Summer 2024 session will open on May 8th to wait-listed families and to the public on May 9th. If you are interested in joining a group, please sign up for the wait-list.


Play Group Schedule

CohortDayTimeSummer 2024 Series DatesAvailability
Young Infants (~3 to 6 months)
This group is for pre-mobile babies who spend most of their time on their backs. They might be starting to roll onto their side or their belly or “sundialing”.
Wednesday10:15am – 11:15amMay 22
May 29
June 5
June 12
June 19
June 26
July 3 SKIP
July 10
July 17
1 spot available
Rollers and Crawlers (~6 to 12 months)
This group is for mobile babies. They might be rolling to move, “inch-worming”, crawling, or other creative movement.
(If your baby is pulling to stand and starting to cruise, the Cruisers and Walkers group will be a better fit).
Friday10:15am – 11:30amMay 24
May 31
June 7
June 14
June 21
June 28
July 5 SKIP
July 12
July 19
FULL
Cruisers and Walkers (~10 to 16 months)
This group is for babies who are turning into toddlers. They might be cruising (walking while holding onto furniture), beginning walkers, or confident walkers, and are typically still on a 2 nap schedule.
Thursday11:00am – 12:30pmMay 23
May 30
June 6
June 13
June 20
June 27
July 4 SKIP
July 11
July 18
1 spot available
Toddlers (~16 to 22 months)
This group is for toddlers who are walking most, if not all, of the time and have transitioned to a 1 nap schedule.
Thursday8:30am – 10:00amMay 23
May 30
June 6
June 13
June 20
June 27
July 4 SKIP
July 11
July 18
FULL
Older Toddlers (~22 to 28 months)
This group is for full blown toddlers.
Friday8:15am – 9:45amMay 24
May 31
June 7
June 14
June 21
June 28
July 5 SKIP
July 12
July 19
FULL

Please select the group that most closely matches your child’s current mobility skills (or age for the older groups). You might also want to consider temperament, social skills, and cognitive development if your child is borderline age wise.

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.


Play Group Illness Policy

If you or your child has had a fever, diarrhea, and/or vomiting in the 24 hours before your scheduled play group, you need to stay home.

For other lingering cold symptoms, I ask that you use your best judgement and be considerate of the other families. Colds happen, but let’s do our best to keep everyone has healthy as possible.

I am not able to provide refunds for missed classes. If I am sick or need to cancel a class, I will provide refunds for that class.

Thank you!


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