AUBURN DAY CARE PHILOSOPHY
- Each child is a unique individual.
- The family has the primary responsibility for the child.
- Each child has the right to a developmentally appropriate childcare experience based on his/her unique needs.
- Each child brings to the center his/her own heredity, distinct family background and experiences.
Therefore, we seek to convey respect and support for the child and child’s family and to strengthen the family unit.
- Learning is exciting and enjoyable.
- Children learn by actively participating, exploring, and discovering their environment.
- Children learn best when they experience success and receive praise.
- Children should make choices and solve problems in a socially acceptable way.
- Children learn best when parents and teachers plan and work as a team.
Therefore, we seek to plan, develop, and provide a safe and stimulating environment as well as to facilitate learning in an orderly manner.
AUBURN DAY CARE CENTERS EDUCATION GOALS
- We strive to establish and maintain a safe, healthy and stimulating learning environment.
- We strive to foster in each child a feeling of self-worth. Each child must see him/herself as a successful learner and as one who is liked by other children and the adults around him/her.
- We strive to enable each child to relate to children and adults and to deal with his/her emotions in an acceptable manner.
- We strive to assist each child to grow to his/her own physical potential. Growth requires that the child be well nourished, have adequate rest, and opportunity for vigorous activity.
- We strive to present our children with opportunities to discover facts, develop understanding, express creativity, and to gain skills for leading a responsible life.
- We strive to encourage the use of language to communicate with others. A child learns through talking, asking questions, and exchanging ideas. The child must be able to speak so that others understand him/her.
- We strive to establish and maintain positive and productive relationships with families.
Each center has their daily schedule posted on the bulletin board. (The infant and young toddler programs follow the sleeping and feeding demands of the children.)
Weekly field trips are planned for children 3-12 years.
Toddlers and infants go on daily walks around the center, except in the case of inclement weather. Strollers and special “Bye-Bye Buggies” are provided. The teacher/child staff ratio for walking field trips with infants and toddlers is one adult to three children.
Each classroom is equipped with a wide variety of developmentally appropriate materials. Generally, the rooms have areas designated and equipped for the following experiences:
- Arts and Crafts (paper, crayon, paint)
- Manipulative (blocks, puzzles, pegboards)
- Dramatic Play (housekeeping, puppets, dress-up clothes, etc.)
- Science (cooking, math, nature)
- Reading and Language Arts (books, wood games, etc.)
- Music and Group-time (record player, musical instruments, etc.)
Planned learning experiences are provided that are both teacher initiated and child initiated.
We look forward to working with you and your child and strongly encourage you to become involved in the center program to the fullest extent possible. Your participation in planning and carrying out the daily program will help to insure a program that meets your child’s developmental needs – intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and cultural.
Parent Visits: Parents are encouraged to visit the centers anytime. Other family members are also welcome when we know in advance.
Parent Conferences: Please feel free to share your ideas, concerns, and questions with your child’s teacher, the head teacher or director, at anytime.
Beginning of the Year and End of the Year conferences are scheduled with all parents to discuss your child’s progress.
Parent Volunteers: Parents are encouraged to serve as volunteers in their child’s classroom. You may have special talents, hobbies, information which you could share, or you may simply be willing to assist in the classroom or on field trips when “extra hands” are needed. All the children would benefit from your participation and the staff would appreciate your help.