Crèche teachers prepare the environment, foster inquiry, respond to interests and support curiosity throughout the day. Our teachers guide powerful “academic” learning through intentional play. What exactly does this mean? Think of it this way: In a children’s learning center, academics is the subject, play is the method and learning is the outcome. Envision a well-lit classroom, warm and inviting with activities in which the child is free to explore and actively learn by doing. As children progress in age and development, teachers gradually add more challenging activities, increasing group activities to help build social skills.
Daily lessons include language arts, math, computer skills, science, music, dramatic arts, fine arts, physical development activities, health and safety, multicultural activities, and activities designed to encourage and enhance social and emotional development. Outdoor time and physical education are important aspects of all our programs, from infant care to pre-K.
Our teachers keep children involved in activities and encourage independence when they are ready. Teachers strive to handle childcare routines and transitions in a relaxed and individual manner. Diapering for infants and toddlers is done throughout the day as a part of our routine. Children who are toilet trained may go to the bathroom as needed.
Adequate rest is also an important part of our day. While infants sleep according to their own schedules, older children have a happier, more relaxed day when they have time for rest. We play soft music, talk quietly to them, and lower the lights and rock or pat backs for children as they fall asleep or rest.
Parents are welcome to visit or participate in their children’s classrooms at any time.