A Day in the Life
What is a typical day like at Homewood Early Learning Center?
For the younger ages, schedules are determined through close communication with parents. Caregivers take their lead from you and share their experiences and observations as they get to know your child to provide as much continuity as possible between home and the center.
Toddlers are well on their way to a three-meal-a-day schedule with morning and afternoon snacks. At this time, children are transitioning to one longer afternoon nap. Care schedules continue to be determined in conjunction with parents and updated quarterly until the child’s second birthday. Classroom activities are planned around individual and group needs in close communication with parents.
Two-year-olds gain increased independence each day. Language begins to explode and children are learning healthy bathroom habits. They develop and strengthen many skills including: gross motor and fine motor, self-help, respect for others and the environment, conflict resolution, and independence. Through the center environment, play experiences and activities, your child feels safe and comfortable to explore his or her world.
The preschool classrooms maintain their own schedules with a balance of active and quiet activities. Young children feel more secure when their lives have stable but flexible routines. They know what is going to happen next, but there is enough flexibility for spontaneity. The daily routine provides that security but is flexible and adjusted to meet the needs of individual children and the interests of the group.
Each classroom will have its daily schedule posted in the room.
Importance of Child and Caregiver Relationship
Research shows the importance of a strong relationship between a child and caregiver to his or her development. A child needs to bond with the caregiver in order to feel safe to explore and discover. We make every effort to keep a child with his or her primary caregiver for a year. Instead of changing staff, we makes changes to the room to respond to the child's growing interests, expertise, and needs.
We Go Outside Daily
We believe that children need outdoor time every morning and afternoon except in the nastiest weather. Outdoor and indoor activities are essential to the health, education, and development of children. We follow the outdoor play guidelines published in the National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs.
The center has an expansive outdoor play yard which is nearly twice as large as the building. Areas of the playground are specifically designed for younger children and preschoolers with a wide variety of play experiences that focus on child-directed exploration and nature-based play.