Although our schedule is flexible, the same events occur in the same order every day or night, which helps the children feel secure. The vast majority of our day is spent in child-led free play or engaging teacher-planned learning opportunities. Night time is set-up to slow things down for easy bedtime.
Children need consistency in their daily routines. They thrive on routine, it helps them make sense of the world and gives them a sense of security. An appropriately structured routine can help reinforce positive behaviors in children and minimize negative behaviors.
Young children, especially, have problems dealing with disruptions and disorganization throughout the day or night. When children cannot depend upon a routine or a routine is changed often, their behavior tends to reflect the routine – chaotic and inconsistent. Our child care schedule provides routine and structure for children so that they know what to expect from day to day or night to night.
Our schedule provides a basic framework for our days and nights, but is not rigid. Rigidity in a schedule offers its own set of problems. When children are especially engrossed in their play, or an activity that demands a few additional minutes, it is beneficial to adjust the schedule to accommodate the activity.
Problems can result when children are regularly asked to stop engrossing work to engage in something less meaningful. This can promote negative or destructive behavior in the child. The child care schedule schedule may vary on a daily basis because it is based on the children’s interests and needs. It also varies according to the weather and the season; we spend much more time outside when it’s nice out and more time inside when it’s not.
Young children are naturally curious and learn best by exploring and discovering for themselves through play. Play is essential for children’s learning and development; new concepts, improved skills and enhanced comprehension come to children through play. Children’s senses help them to experience the world around them, and their imaginations take them anywhere they want to go.
While playing, children learn to originate and organize ideas, become more flexible in problem solving, and develop longer attention spans. Children also learn to communicate their thoughts, feelings, ideas and needs to others during play. Our daily child care schedule provides plenty of time for children to play in a rich learning environment.
Weekdays we open promptly at 6:00 pm. Please don’t bring your child for care before 6:00 pm without making prior arrangements.
We are available all day and night Saturday and Sunday. 48 hours notice is required for off contract hours.
Arrival can be hard for children. Saying good-bye to people we love isn’t easy, but learning to be comfortable with separation is part of becoming independent. I will help ease the transition from home to school each time.
Departures can be as difficult as arrival; often a child who is reluctant to come in the morning won’t want to go home. Please take a minute to let your child reconnect with you before leaving. I realize this can be hard at the end of the day, but it makes the transition easier for your child.
Program Closes promptly at 6:00 am on the weekdays; please be sure to pick up your child before closing time. As much as we love our jobs, we’re all tired and ready to enjoy time with my family which is as precious to me as I’m sure your family time is precious to you.
Story Time occurs every day and night. Reading to children promotes imagination and pre-reading skills, and helps develop a love of reading. Studies show a strong correlation between children who love to read and academic success.
Napping / Quiet Time is important for children. Their growing bodies need time to rest while their busy minds need time to catch up with all the information they absorb. According to a 2013 study, naps enhance memory and support learning in children of all ages.
Group Time helps children develop important skills to get them ready for school like listening, taking turns, and practicing patience. Group time also provides exposure to new songs, dances, and materials.
Learning Activities in art, music, math, science, social studies, literature, and large muscle movement deepen the children’s daily learning. These teacher-planned experiences correspond to a theme we’re exploring or a skill we’re learning.
Active/Outdoor Play helps develop a lifelong habit of physical activity for increased health, contributes to children’s growth and development, and lays a solid foundation for future learning. Children who regularly enjoy fresh air, sunshine, and exercise sleep better.
Free Play is vital for children’s learning because it forms the foundation of intellectual, social, physical and emotional skills necessary for success in school and in life. It also allows children to use their creativity, acquire and practice social skills, and solve problems.
Free Play in carefully planned learning centers with toys, activities, and materials that are interesting encourages exploration and learning. Children need plenty of free, unstructured play time to develop socially, emotionally and cognitively.