Infant and Toddler Program Philosophy
Our commitment to providing care that respects cultures, lifestyles, preferences, abilities, learning styles, and needs of the children and families served. Our teachers implement the following essential policies:
In a primary care system, each child is assigned to one special caregiver who is principally responsible for that child’s care. When children spend a longer day in care than their primary caregiver, a second caregiver is assigned. Primary care does not mean exclusive care. It means, however, that all parties know who has primary responsibility for each child.
Infants-6 weeks to around 16 months (depending on each child’s individual growth and development.) Ratio: 1:5
Our infant room focuses on providing a comforting, nurturing environment with routine care that is exemplary. This allows individual attention and interaction as the infants explore new sights, sounds, and textures in their environment. We also expose infants to language, music, and sensory stimulation as well as freedom and safety to move and explore, which are critical in the few years of life. We provide all types of Parents Choice formula, infant cereal and baby food.
Toddlers-Around 16 months (depending on each child’s individual growth and development) to 24 months plus. Ratio: 1:6
Our toddler room is set up to encourage gross motor play and emerging independence. The room is equipped with child-sized learning centers such as: blocks, dramatic play, discovery, manipulatives, library, and a soft area. The toys are displayed at a child’s level for their choosing. Our toddler teachers continually offer love and encouragement while supporting self help skills and early social and emotional development.
TWOs-Around 24 months to 36 months plus. (Children must be toilet trained to advance to the 3/pre-k classroom) Ratio: 1:8
Our two year old classroom paves the way for future preschool programs. Routines begin to take a definite form, and children are mastering important skills that will enable them to be independent. There are a variety of age appropriate choices throughout the day to address major areas of child development including social/emotional, fine and gross motor skills, cognitive thinking, language, and literacy. We follow a daily schedule to establish routines that offer consistency and security for both the child and the parent. Activities include: circle time, small group, center time play, outdoor play, as well as group and individual story times. We also start and complete the toilet training process by building a consistent routine between home and the center.
Following children’s unique rhythms and styles promotes well-being and a healthy sense of self. Responding promptly to children’s individual needs supports their growing ability to self-regulate, I.e., to function independently in personal and social contexts. Our program adapts to the child, which gives the child a message that he/she is important and that their needs will be net, and that their choices, preference, and impulses are respected.
Children develop a sense of who they are and what is important within the context of culture. Consistency of care between home and child care is always important for the very young. We are very open and responsive to, and willing to negotiate with the families about child rearing practices with respect to cultural beliefs. In this way, families and caregivers can work together, and facilitate the optimal development of each child.
The Center follows the Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos. This is one of four developmentally appropriate approaches to curriculum recommended by the South Carolina Department of Education. It is research-based and has been proven effective. All curriculum areas are integrated and align appropriately with the South Carolina Early Learning Standards for infants and toddlers. The approach provides a developmentally appropriate guide in implementing every aspect of caring for and teaching infants, toddlers, and twos. The curriculum emerges from children’s interests, while teachers enhance themes of inquiry selected by children through their play and exploration. Children make choices throughout the day that guide their learning and teachers help them make meaningful connections to previous experiences. Teachers are viewed as facilitators of learning, while creating a carefully planned environment, encouraging child-child interaction, and providing a positive climate for social growth. These key experiences provide an outline of the kinds of active learning that characterize a Creative Curriculum classroom. We implement goals and objectives for infants in all areas of growth and development: social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language. We also use observation and the Ages & Stages assessment computer program to track the children’s growth and development.
Preschool 3-5 years of age
Curriculum The Center follows the Creative Curriculum for Preschool. This is one of four developmentally appropriate approaches to curriculum recommended by the South Carolina Department of Education. It is research-based and has been proven effective. All curriculum areas are integrated and align appropriately with the South Carolina Early Learning Standards for three-, four-, and five-year-olds. The Creative Curriculum allows children to experience and learn at their own pace through play without pressure or stress to do tasks that may be too difficult. Many choices are given throughout the day that addresses the major areas of child development: social and emotional, fine and gross motor skills, cognitive skills and language. All activities are developmentally appropriate for each pre-k group. The curriculum emerges from children’s interest, while teachers enhance themes of inquiry selected by children through their play and exploration. Children make choices throughout the day that guide their learning, and teachers help them make meaningful connections to previous experiences. Teachers are viewed as facilitators of learning, while creating a carefully planned environment, encouraging child-child interactions, and providing a positive climate for social growth. These key experiences provide an outline of the kinds of active learning that characterize a Creative Curriculum classroom. We implement goals and objectives for preschoolers in all areas of growth and development: social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language. We also use observation and the Ages & Stages assessment computer program to track the children’s growth and development.
Prek-3’s-Around 36 months to around 48 months (advancement depends on growth and development as well as availability) Ratio: 1:12
Our Prek-3 classroom follows a structured schedule to enhance optimal learning conditions for this age group. Children are busy playing while learning a multitude of skills such as: language, math, social studies, science, and routine life skills. Throughout all daily activities, concentration is placed on self help skills and fostering independence.
Prek-4’s-Around 48 months to 60 months (advancement depends on development and availability) Ratio: 1:17
Our Prek-4 classroom’s focus is kindergarten readiness. Teachers build on established routines and knowledge to make sure children are prepared to begin school when leaving the program. Activities are presented to foster logical thinking, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making.
5-12 years of age
We provide care for school age children after school, during school closings/early dismissals, and summer vacation. Our interactive classroom has interesting learning centers, lots of choices for children to relax and unwind after school. Manners and respect are part of our curriculum, as well as a happy, warm and nurturing place where children are allowed to be children. Our homework philosophy is one of just that…the children are in school all day and arrive here around 3:00, and are very wound up from having to sit all day and on the bus ride to the center. Although we understand there is vey little time in the evenings for your child to do their homework therefore; we allow children second grade and up 30 min to do their homework. This is unassisted and should be rechecked by parents.
Summer Camp: Is full of adventure!!!!! We have themed weeks with lots of field trips to exciting places.
EX: Water park, aquarium, putt putt, and more.