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As a parent and childcare provider, I know the anxiety that comes with leaving your child in someone's else's care and trusting them to provider the care you know your child deserves. As a Professional Childcare Provider, I feel communication is an integral in of this arrangement.  My primary goal of my childcare program is to provide a safe, family-like environment for your child while you are at work. I feel a child's work is play. All activities are intended as an opportunity for building social skills, interacting between children, practicing self help skills in a family-like environment.
 

As a family childcare provider, I encourage families to become involved in the education of their child. I am here not only to educate children but also to contribute in all areas of their lives. I believe that children are active learners developing in three domains: Social/Emotional, Cognitive, and Physical, and are building knowledge through all five of their senses. My program puts an emphasis on the interactions between the child and caregiver and the interactions between the child and peers of a mixed age group. This environment helps children learn independence, self-control, trust, autonomy, and initiative while still respecting others. I encourage the children to make decisions, use reasoning skills, practice listening, and explore the world around them. By teaching them words for self-expression, I am encouraging cooperation instead of competition. Children can feel comfortable growing and learning at their own pace while I foster self-esteem, positive attitudes, and pro-social behavior.  I embrace the concept of scaffolding, the idea of building upon simple concepts to prepare the child for larger, more complex tasks and ideas through hands on educational opportunities. Infants and toddlers learn from sounds, textures, tastes, smells, and colors. Cooing and babbling are the basis of communication between a child and their surroundings. The soft, loving touch of a hand and the wet, tickly feelings of grass are lessons just as important as those that can be found in any educational book. Food likes and dislikes, i.e., chocolate ice cream and broccoli, will begin the defining personality traits of each child. Sky blue, tree green, and rose red are colors in our daily world that help children’s brains develop as they learn words for what they see. Older children learn from the formation of relationships with peers and adults in their lives, through social referencing, and tangible objects. At this age children are looking toward adults as role models and forming ties with the people in their lives.


Curriculum is not just what story is read, what art project is done, or what product is made; a large part of curriculum is playtime. Activities like crawling, walking, running, throwing, catching, jumping, climbing, and balancing will develop gross motor skills. Once gross motor skills are mastered children can gain fine motor skills. Activities such as building with blocks, stringing beads, drawing, painting, and placing pegs into holes will help with the development of children’s fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and their sense of direction. These are the same skills that are needed for reading, writing, and math.  By embracing each child’s development from a very young age, I can assist in building a strong foundation for growth. Together, we can help children by recognizing that educational opportunities exist in the simplest activities.
 

My philosophy is that a warm and nurturing environment is made rich by “hands-on”, play-learning opportunities. Children learn about themselves and their environment through their surroundings as well as interactions with others.

From birth, children are marvelous learners, immediately investigating the sights, sounds and feel of their surroundings. Long before walking and talking, they are already exploring their own abilities and what the world has to offer them. Though much of a child’s play and learning is self-motivated and self-directed, it is still important for caregivers to offer opportunities for caregiver-initiated play and learning experiences throughout the day, as well.

Children of all ages in my childcare are given opportunities to learn through experiences with stories, songs/music, art, science, dramatic play, sensory materials, number and letter activities and the outdoors. Even children younger than 2 years, tend to choose to participate in the above activities so our activities are tailored to the interest, abilities, as well as, the ages of the children in my care.

 

 

"If all the children and myself are in one piece at the end of the day, it's been a good day."