Program Overview

Children learn best by challenging positive play.  While they are playing, they are learning and building upon their developmental skills (physical, social, emotional, intellectual).  They need to explore materials that demonstrate and utilize concepts and ideas.

Classroom space is divided into interest and learning areas – modified to meet the changing needs of the children.  Manipulative activities are available for small motor development (for example: play dough, puzzles, painting, printing, table games, etc.).  Academic skills are emphasized through activities centered around recognizing symbols, sounds, sizes, shapes, colors, sorting, counting, sequencing, following directions, noting differences, etc.  Appropriate activities are planned to provide interest and challenges for each child.

Educator Interactions:

To support the development of the child’s self-esteem, self-expression, autonomy, social competence and school readiness, the educators at Waltham Day Care Center are nurturing and responsive to each child’s individual needs.  Their interactions with the children are warm, attentive, consistent, courteous and respective.  These interactions promote language development and social skills.  They help the child to appropriately express their emotions, learn how to cooperate in a group, and demonstrate self-control.  Educators give children the opportunity to make choices and encourage each child to attempt tasks and show pride in their accomplishments.

Curriculum:

Waltham Day Care Center strives to meet the educational and developmental needs of each child.  Keeping in mind the interests and temperaments of each individual child, the educators in each classroom develop a well-balanced curriculum of planned activities that are developmentally age appropriate and support the childrens’ social, emotional, physical, intellectual and language developments.

 



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