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Child Care & Preschool

Child Care

Days of Fun, Learning, Safety & Growth

When one thinks about Child/Day Care it is certainly not as simple as watching someone’s infant/child for a few hours each day. As your Child Care & Preschool provider, we take our responsibility serious beyond words.

As parents and grandparents ourselves, we absolutely know your children are beyond measure the most important thing in your life. Because of the huge responsibility we have every day you trust your children to us, in this section we attempt to list some of the large and small details of our days together.

At the end of this section is a link to our Handbook. This Handbook goes into even more detail as to the rules, procedures, and responsibilities we follow every day to ensure the very best care for your children.

Below are a few areas we feel may be particularly important or of interest:

Child Care
Cleanliness

Cleanliness

We take the well-being of your child very seriously and work hard to provide an environment that is as healthy as possible.  We are committed to keeping our home and the children in it as clean as possible, in order to help minimize and/ or prevent the spread of germs.

Hand Washing
Hand washing is the single most effective practice in preventing the spread of germs.  We wash our hands many times throughout the day, as well as the children’s hands before and/or after engaging in a thorough list of activities.

Activities & Naps

Activities/Nap Time

As our infants begin to walk, talk and generally become more mobile and interactive, our goal is provide a safe, loving environment in which they can begin exploring the world and interacting with their friends. Playing in our amazing yard while beginning to develop social skills with our other future leaders are key goals.

For our older toddlers and young world leaders, every day is an opportunity for fun, exploration and learning. Some areas we hope all can participate in to some extent include:

Reading/Writing – From learning the alphabet to reading and writing age appropriate words and stories, our goal is to ensure your child is fully prepared for preschool.

Math – From the fun associated with counting, to recognizing numbers, and how they are used to add and subtract, our goal is to develop your child’s math skills to the level appropriate to their age.

Science/Nature – A large area of focus, we want to engage your children with understanding how plants grow from seeds, to understanding all the wonders of nature and science in today’s world.

Fun Time – While our goal is to make every aspect of our day fun, we clearly want just plain fun time, playing with their toys of choice, hide & seek, reading a book of their choice or maybe even watching a child appropriate movie.

Naptime – Having all this fun learning and exploring is exhausting to even our older future leaders. As you can see from our daily schedule, age-appropriate nap times are integrated into each day.
(The State of California requires that all children under the age of five have at least a two-hour rest period every day)

Daily Schedule

Daily Schedule

This schedule is meant to give you an idea of your child’s day. Actual times and activities may vary depending on the time of the year, weather, age, and temperament of the children. Age-appropriate activities are scheduled with the flexibility allowed to respond to the needs of each individual child and their various ages. Throughout each day we practice reaching, grasping, rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, walking, climbing, throwing, catching, kicking, cooling, and talking; whichever developmental stage your child happens to be in at the time.

7:15am ~ 5:30pm Nurturing, Love and Affection

7:15 〜  8:30  Playtime, breakfast, and feed bottles
8:30 〜  9:00  Clean-up/wash-up after meals, change diapers as needed
9:00 〜  9:30  Garden Time / Infant: Naptime as needed
9:30 〜 10:30  Music, Song, dance, games, older learning
10:30 〜 12:00    Outside play-time/ structured-play
12:00 〜 1:00      Lunchtime, clean/wash-up, feed bottles, cribs for Infant, storytime for older
 1:00  〜 3:00      Naptime and /or quiet time
(The State of California requires that all children under the age of five have at least a two-hour rest period every day)
3:00 〜 3:30   Afternoon Snack
3:30 〜 5:30   Outside play, puzzles, structured play, learning toys, storytime

These are approximate schedules. Parents are asked to limit their child’s time with us each day to 9 hours.
For infants, change diapers, naptime, and feed bottles as needed or follow the instructions from parent.

Meals

Meals & Snacks

Every Meal We Serve
Fruit / Vegetables and Milk
Food is offered, No Child will be forced to eat.  Hands are washed before and after every meal.  Our nutritious meals are prepared fresh daily and follow State approved guidelines.

Snacks
Served throughout the Day
Features Fruit or Vegetables along with a finger food, water, milk or juice.

  • On hot days, popsicles may be offered to help keep the kids cool and hydrated.

Breakfast Served around 8:00am or 8:30am
Lunch Served around 12:00pm
We provide a Variety of Hot or Cold Homemade Meals.  Breakfast and Lunch times can vary slightly depending on activities during the day, arrival times of other children, and nap schedule.

Infant Meals are Provided by the Parent
Breastmilk, Formula, and Baby Food
Parent provides infant meal needs daily during drop off.  As an infant grows their appetite changes, we strive to make mealtime fun and comforting.  Bottle feeding and burping is done with love and care.

Whole milk for babies/toddlers age 1 to 2 years.

Sweets are not offered as a normal daily part of meals, but on special occasions we may celebrate with a cupcake or cookie.

Infants

Infants

Our care of infants is primarily focused on their safety and fulfilling their basic needs. While we want them to feel the nurturing so important at an early age, we also hope to blend their care into some of the appropriate activities our toddlers may be engaged in if only to be in the same vicinity. Due to their helplessness you can be certain our attention to their needs to will be at a high level.

Milk Policies

  • Infant Milk and Baby Food is Provided by the Parents

Parent Provided milk (including pumped) and formula are required to be marked clearly with your child’s name and date of when prepared and dropped off daily.
Infant’s eating needs change quickly as your child grows we will help them learn to enjoy nutritious foods.

  • Whole Milk

Whole Milk is provided for infants under age of 2.  Unless a substitute is provided by the Parent.  At age 2 the Milk will change from Whole Milk to 2% milk.  Milk is offered during all meals.  Water is always available when playing inside or outside.

  • Always inform us of any Allergies

For your child’s safety and the safety of others please always inform us of any known Allergies.

Safe Sleeping Area
Our Infants sleep in a area to help keep your baby safe, comfortable and sleeping while others play.

Older Toddlers

Older Toddlers/Young Future Leaders

Toddlers and our older Future Leaders are balls of energy!  We have a large variety of age-appropriate activities, toys, and books.  Our older toddlers and future leaders are given free and structured playtime to explore, be creative, have fun and learn each day with a variety of activities.

Typical activities particularly for our older children may include:

How Your Garden Grows – Whether it’s a vegetable or a flower, your children will make their selection, plant it, water it, and watch it grow.

Let’s Write a Book – Starting from Day 1 and incorporating all our letter and numbers we learn, your children will begin writing their story

Exercise Can Be Fun – Whether it’s just in our enclosed backyard, to daily hikes around our entire property, our age-appropriate exercise will ensure we all are getting the exercise we need.

Look Mom and/or Dad – From learning a new letter of the alphabet to drawing a bug, there are always opportunities for artwork to bring home

Handbook

Handbook

Our Early Learning Home Child Care Handbook is your resource for many of your unanswered questions and just more detailed information about what we have attempted to summarize here on our website.

Click below to access the PDF version of the Handbook.

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FAQs

Does my child need to attend from 7:15am – 5:30pm?

While we strive to have children attending most of the day, we clearly recognize that families have varying schedules. For full-time children, arrival between 7:15am – 9am is preferred. For departures we also offer flexibility. We request that parents limit the time their children are with us each day to 9 hours.

What happens in a Medical Emergency?
Our philosophy is to ensure your children are cared for by trained emergency medical personnel. In case of such an emergency 911 will immediately be called. Both Kumiko and Dennis have attended training in CPR and other minor medical issues.
Can my child’s friend attend?
Unfortunately, only children registered are able to attend.
If my child has a Medical or Dental appointment, can we leave and then return?
Yes, this is no problem.
How do you handle special dietary requirements?
We are well aware that some children have dietary and allergy issues. We take extra special caution to ensure these requirements are met.