For the young child, the process of interacting with materials and people results in learning. Much of this learning takes place when they direct their own play activities. During play, children feel successful when they engage in a task they have defined for themselves, such as finding their way through an obstacle course with a friend or pouring water into and out of various containers. In terms of social and emotional development, during play, children learn to share, cooperate, deal with frustration, and take pride in what they are doing.
Children need years of play with real objects and events before they are able to understand the meaning of symbols such as letters and numbers. as the young child has many opportunities to touch, manipulate, and experiment with things and interact with people, children's concepts and language gradually develop to enable them to understand more abstract and symbolic information.
The curriculum for young children must be relevant to their needs, while preparing them for future school experiences. We strive to offer young children experiences that will increase their skills of problem solving, thinking, reasoning, and creating. Young children must be presented with opportunities for growth and stimulation in all areas of development. As early childhood educators, our teachers strive to develop growth in the young child's physical, linguistic, social, emotional and mental processes.
Since young children are naturally inquisitive and eager to explore, create and learn, it is our philosophy to offer them abundant opportunities that will allow them to interact naturally with their environment. Young children can be taught to memorize information such as the letters of the alphabet. However, this way of learning does not necessarily reflect a real understanding of the information. In order for a child to fully understand a concept, the information must be meaningful, relating to the child's experiences and development. When learning is relevant to the young child, not only is comprehension improved, but the motivation to learn more is noted.
The teachers role is to prepare the environment with stimulating, challenging activity choices and then to facilitate the children's engagement by asking questions, making suggestions, or adding more complex materials or ideas to a situation. Interest or learning centers carefully organized and positioned in the room create the structure and focus for the child. The teacher gets to know each child and can respond with appreciation to the individuality of each child.
Children learn best when there is a planned curriculum of activities focused on a particular theme or concept. Through the thematic approach, children's experimental base is broadened and their mental schemata is increased. This schemata is one of the keys to learning how to read. A "hands on" approach leads to the child to a more complete understanding of the theme or concept presented.
10 Program Goals
- Make each child's school experience a positive one.
- Encourage positive feelings about self, the school, and the environment.
- Stimulate each child's thought processes to bring greater understanding, awareness, and curiosity.
- Encourage sharing and cooperation.
- Encourage following directions.
- Provide opportunities for self-expression through language, art, dramatics, music, and play.
- Encourage each child to solve problems independently.
- Develop the ability to think logically and make associations.
- Provide experiences with books that will foster a love of reading.
- Foster frequent communication between parents and teachers.
- Admission & Release
Parents/Guardians are required to sign children in and out each day failure to do so will result in a $5.00 charge per missed signature. A designated adult representative may also sign children in and out but they must be listed on the “Blue Card.” Anyone who picks up children must show proper identification to a staff member. Children are only allowed to leave with properly designated adults and there are no exceptions to this rule.
Children are required to be in attendance before noon each day for admittance for care. The only exception to this is children who attend school and arrive afterwards or if a parent/guardian has called to make other arrangements with the front office ahead of time.
- Health & Safety
A child with the following symptoms will NOT be admitted to the daycare until: For Vomiting, Cramps, Fever of 101 or higher or Diarrhea: the child’s temperature below 101 for 24 hours without the aid of medication and the symptoms need to have gone away. Draining sore: draining stops or scabs form Symptoms are gone for at least twelve hours
These maladies will usually require a Doctor's visit BEFORE the child's return: Hepatitis A ,Haemophilus (Hib), Impetigo, Neisseria, Meningitides, Pin worms, Scabies, Strep Throat, Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis), Cytomegalovirus, Fifth Disease, Chicken Pox, Breathing Difficulties, Ringworm, Meningitis, Scarlet Fever, Unusual Spots or Rashes, Lice (No nits/No lice Eggs) - If your child repetitively shows up with lice the PARENT(S) will be responsible for all cost incurred to eradicate the problem from daycare.
PROVIDER reserves the right to exclude a child(ren) from daycare for additional symptoms. If an illness develops during the day PARENT(S) will be called to pick the child(ren) up early. A child who is sent home with an illness may not return to daycare for at least 24 hours. A child's illness is serious and will be treated as such. It is for the benefit of the children that the health policies are strictly adhered to. If the parent cannot be reached, we will call emergency contacts listed on the “Blue Card.” A child needs to be picked up within 45 minutes of the first phone call from staff. We reserve the right to call DCS if a parent or emergency contacts cannot be reached and/or the sick child is not picked up within the allotted 45 minutes.
- Dress Code
We ask that all children are dressed appropriately according to the weather permitted.
Closed toed shoes at all times.
2 changes of clothes provided for their cubby in case of accidents, etc.
- Meals & Snacks
We provide incredible made from scratch, healthy, non preserved or pre-packed meals and snacks for the children & Staff from our professional chefs.
- Meal times are:
- -7:30am Breakfast
- 9:30-10am AM snack
- 12-12:45pm Lunch
- 3:15-4:15 PM Snack
- 6:15-6:45 Dinner
- Communication Between Home & School
As with any good child care program, communication between the PARENT(S) and the PROVIDER is crucial, it also benefits the child(ren). The needs, special interests, and skills of the child(ren) should be addressed regularly. The parties should provide good example for the child(ren), by dealing with each other in a positive, courteous and respectful manner. Any contractual changes must be submitted in writing at least two weeks in advance. These changes may include, but are not limited to hours, fees, vacations and termination.
Teachers are always interested in talking with you about your child. Although their time is limited before & after class, they will be happy to set up an appointment for a conference.
Always feel free to contact the Director of the preschool. We want to work with you to make the experience of preschool a pleasant and meaningful one for everyone involved.
Tuition only covers up to 50 hours a week and 10 hours a day, anything over those limits will be billed as additional time used per the attached fee schedule.