About Our Infant Program (12-19m)
We at Brentwood Childcare Center know you are looking for a safe and secure "home away from home” where your child can learn, play and grow. We have designed a comfortable, nurturing and creative world for your child to help their minds and bodies develop. We offer a variety of daily activities that expose the children to new things and help them develop all five senses.
Infants are unique and have their own patterns for play, feeding and sleeping. For our infants, we provide a tailored environment including mats for rest periods during the day. We use these patterns as our guide to introduce daily activities that will prepare your infant for life. Our highly trained teachers offer a nurturing and creative environment for infants to develop their bodies and minds. We are committed to making this first transition away from home easy and natural for you and your child.
We encourage your child’s physical and emotional development in the following ways:
Responding to express needs.
By encouraging rolling, scooting, crawling and walking with the use of a variety of tools supplied in the classroom.
Supportive sitting, infant seats, high chairs and most importantly one on one support.
Allowing sleep as needed and directed by the parents.
Touching, holding, changing, playing and general care.
Each day you will receive a written daily report, specific to your child, that contains information on his or her food intake, diaper changes, naps and general daily behavior.
Our staff is happy to answer questions you may have about your child’s day and give you advice about something you may be unsure of. Their experience and knowledge is a wonderful resource.
About Our Toddler Program (19m-36m)
Our Toddler Program uses hands-on exploration and social interaction in safe, engaging surroundings to help your child learn about his or her expanding world. Through the loving guidance of our teachers, toddlers enjoy learning experiences that promote their blossoming independence and social skills, and foster self-confidence.
Toddlers are filled with energy and increasing independence. They are developing quickly and are eager for knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Our program provides structure and guidance for your child to learn to share, get along with others and perform classroom tasks. Language and vocabulary skills are strengthened while listening to stories, singing songs, and playing games. Art projects and gross motor activities help to develop movement and sensory skills.
Your Toddler’s Day
Our Toddler Program is designed around shared learning experiences that stimulate and challenge your child each and every day. The structure of a typical day in the life of your toddler can include:
Group activities - Exploring books and singing songs.
Teacher-initiated activities - Like art or music and story time.
Child-directed activities - Participating in our Learning Centers.
Lunch and naptime - To nourish and rest your child’s growing mind and body.
Outdoor play - At least twice daily to burn off energy and develop motor skills.
We promote all areas of development in the following ways:
- Encouraging movement through a variety of activities both indoors and out such as climbing, running, jumping, swinging, playing ball and other group activities
- Activities that encourage hand eye coordination such as stringing beads, cutting, pasting, and block building
- By provide creative movements, obstacles and group activities that encourage balance
- Encouraging children to use toys, books, and tools
- Providing choices, encouraging self motivation, and self help skills
- Positive reinforcement and encouraging self-exploration through sharing of feelings, stories, and dramatic play.
- We will encourage good habits while discouraging bad ones.
- We will work on following the same pattern on a daily basis.
- Encouraging speech, show & tell, story telling and reading.
- Exploring shapes, colors, books, puzzles, and matching games.
- Music activities, art and dramatic play.
- Personal Growth - identify basic body parts and what each can do
- Reading Readiness - encourage eye movement from left to right.
For toddlers we provide consistent daily schedules with an emphasis on social and self-help skills such as toilet training, which we encourage and support as children become ready. We are ready to embrace this exciting age with child-sized furniture to allow them to safely explore every inch of their environment.
Our teachers utilize guided activities each day and promote free choice among various activities in the classroom. We provide three meals daily; a nutritious morning and afternoon snack and a hot, well-balanced lunch. They enjoy two scheduled outside times daily, weather permitting. We provide each child with a rest mat and fresh linens for a two-hour daily rest time after lunch.
The children are always welcome to bring their own special blanket and sleep comfort items from home. Each day you will receive a written daily report, specific to your child, that contains information on his or her food intake, diaper changes, naps and general daily behavior.
About Our Preschool Program (36m-60m)
Our preschool program inspires your child to examine, create, and share as he broadens his language through interactions with teachers and classmates in a safe, nurturing environment. Sensory and repetitive activities transform these new experiences into knowledge.
Preschoolers want to be independent. They want to explore, touch and mimic their peers and teachers. We use a Core Knowledge Curriculum that focuses on language arts and literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional development and gross and fine motor development. Through learning centers and age-appropriate playgrounds, our preschoolers have the ability to work at their own pace and learn to do tasks independently.
Your Preschooler’s Day
We use weekly themes tied to specific learning activities. The typical daily structure for your preschooler might include:
Morning and Afternoon Circle time - where the day’s themed activities are introduced and reviewed.
Activities in the Learning Centers - to bring the day’s educational theme to life.
Math, Language, Literacy & Science activities - to progressively builds important foundation skills.
Music and movement - to expand your child’s vocabulary and listening skills (songs, poems and rhymes).
Outdoor play - at least twice daily to burn off energy and develop motor skills.
Lunch and quiet time to nourish and rest your preschooler’s growing mind and body. - We provide three meals daily; a nutritious morning and afternoon snack and a hot, well-balanced lunch. They enjoy two scheduled outside times daily, weather permitting. We provide each child with a rest mat for a two-hour daily rest time after lunch. The children are always welcome to bring their own special blanket and sleep comfort items from home.
Threes 36- 48m
Our three’s enjoy spacious classrooms that promote their independent abilities. The weekly lesson plans are developed to enhance kindergarten readiness skills. Each day, your child will engage in various hands-on activities. They will explore, inquire and discover solutions while working alone, with a friend or in small groups. We encourage their individual ideas to create their own exciting games, make believe stories, and art projects.
Pre-School 48 – 60m
We provide expansive learning environments for our four and five year olds indoors and out. During this last year before going off to kindergarten, the children learn to be independent thinkers and doers, which enhances kindergarten readiness skills. There are many independent, as well as group activities to enjoy throughout the day. These activities allow the children to enjoy learning and to share what they have learned with others while doing so. Writing in journals, learning to tell time, and learning to tie their shoes, are just a few things they may come home bragging about.