Daily Schedule

Signing In & Out

There is no need to knock on the door. A daily sign in & out log is provided at the front door. A parent/guardian’s full signature (first and last name) is required by the person dropping off or picking up the child. For a new child the separation time may be a little testy, but from experience I can testify that it will reverse in a couple of weeks. Often at pick-up time the child may not want to go home, which will be a good sign that the child is happy here. We love to socialize with the parents and talk about your children. We see no problem with you lingering around as your time allows. A prompt and quick drop-off in the morning does help a new child to transition more quickly. Please do not block the driveway for the other parents.

Schedule

I reserve the right to be flexible with our daily schedule.

6:30-8:20 a.m. Children arrive. Prepare for and eat breakfast. Cartoons.
8:40-8:50 a.m. School-age children go potty, prepare for and walk to school.
8:20-9 a.m. Clean up from breakfast. Free play, coloring, puzzles, blocks, dress-up, circle time.
9 -11 a.m. Preschool Time: Story time, numbers, shapes, ABC’s, music, dancing, cutting, gluing, circle time, dress-up, painting, coloring, play-dough. Out-door play, weather permitting. AM snack is served. Lunch is prepared.
11:00 a.m. Pick-up time and wash-up before lunch.
11:15- 12:15 a.m. Lunch
12:00-12:20p.m. Play outdoor games if weather permits.
12:30 p.m. Clean up, potty, get drinks before nap.
1-3:00 p.m. Nap/quiet time
3:00-3:30 p.m. Wake-up, potty, pick-up mats and books.
3:15-4:00 p.m. PM snack is served.
3:50 School kids arrive from school.
4:00 p.m. Free/structured play: Music time, art, outside play, movies.
5:30 p.m. Daycare closes.

Playing Outside

All the children 18 months and older go outside, everyday, except in extreme freezing or extreme rainy conditions. Please provide adequate clothing, shoes, weather-proof coats, hats and water resistant gloves. A child may be kept inside due to recent illness or if the parent provides a signed note explaining why.

Funsteps Pre-School Program

We incorporate the Funsteps Pre-School Program into our activities where we work on crafts,colors, numbers, letters, shapes, the alphabet (sounds) and making words. We are also learning how to prepare ourselves for kindergarten by focusing on social skills like sharing, taking turns, being good listeners, how to treat our friends, being independent, helpful, problem solving and so on.

Music

Studies show that music and math are processed in the same part of the brain. To stimulate brain development and further success in school, we use music daily to encourage coordination, rhythm, memory, creativity and just for the pure joy of it.

T.V. Viewing

Television viewing is limited.  We have educational videos, children’s music videos and turn on Disney or an educational station at times. Fifteen minutes is about the attention span or the interest for learning through the T.V. Children occasionally enjoy bringing a movie from home to share. We strictly allow G-rated movies only. Please, do not bring PG movies.

Rest Periods

Children nap on mats that have a pillow and a blanket all in one. Each child has his/her own. Bedding is washed regularly or as needed. During quiet time, children may read quietly or nap.

Walking to School

Our daycare is within walking distance to Fircrest Elementary School. School children will walk independently through a city park (green space) that is very safe. Parents need to train their children to do this safely. Occasionally, as numbers permit, my assistant or I will take the opportunity to walk with the school children and may include several of the younger children.

Transition Times

Children like routine. In the morning they don’t like to be rushed while getting dressed, eating breakfast or hurried through unusual activities. Parents may create a wake-up song, or use a timer:

"Sarah, when the timer rings, you’ll need to put on your coat.”

Sing daycare songs in the car or decide to count all the red cars. A smooth morning makes a world of difference for the rest of the day.

At the daycare we may handle transition in the following manner:

"Children, you need to finish up your project now, because it will soon be time to clean up for lunch time.”

Transition songs and finger plays work, or talking in a whisper:

"If you can hear me, put your finger on your lips.”

Then count: "Mary can hear me, Jacob can hear me…” (Now we are ready for a quiet activity.)

We may use a stuffed animal that speaks in a child-size voice:

"Tammy, will you hurry and get dressed, so I can go outside and play with you.”

At pick-up time we prefer not to have the child wait for the parent all bundled up with shoes and coats on. A child gets very sad and isolated, in a sense, from the other children and parents are very seldom on time. If you are in a hurry, please, use your cell phone to call us 5 minutes before you reach the house and we will try to have your child ready. If we know you are in a rush, we can prepare the child for this transition, also.