Part-time Daycares Near Me

Part-time Daycares Near Me

Intown Play Group
Welcome to Intown Playgroup, a school for Toddlers and Parents and Caregivers. This is where children ages one through three learn and grow through play and discovery, and where families come together to learn about their children and early childhood education. For over 40 years Intown Playgroup has been part of the Georgetown community in Washington, DC, gratefully housed in the historic Mount Zion Methodist Church. Our program introduces children to the bigger world of social experiences, nurturing them in the stage between playing at home and going off to school by themselves. Our full-time Director and her staff of two teachers believe in an emergent curriculum inspired by the Reggio Philosophy and other best practices in early childhood education. Classroom offerings are introduced and developed based on what we observe interests the children and what adults wish to highlight in order to extend a greater depth of learning. We are a parent cooperative, and parents are an essential part of our community. A parent or caregiver accompanies each child during the school day, playing and learning together. Parents also volunteer time to serve on the Board of Directors and participate in other special and social events. Intown Playgroup is a licensed, non-profit 501 (c)3 organization that is financially supported through tuition payments and run by the Board of Directors and staff. We enroll children who are one- and two-years old by September 1st of the year they enter our program. Children gather for the morning in the large open classroom, socializing with and learning from one another. At Intown Playgroup we recognize each child as a capable, unique and individual learner. We believe in a Reggio-inspired, emergent curriculum. Our philosophy is dynamic and recognizes the curiosities of the children supported by the teachers’ extensions enriching and deepening learning. At Intown we believe that children learn best through play and discovery. We view play as a vital experience through which children learn social, conceptual and creative skills, as well as increase their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Play offers the opportunity for parents to engage authentically with their children. Parent participation is an essential part of our philosophy. At Intown we view parents as partners, collaborators, active participants, and advocates for children’s learning. We strive to work together and build strong relationships with parents and caregivers. Intown welcomes families Monday through Friday 9 AM – 12 PM throughout the school year, with the exception of major holidays, church activities, and extreme weather. Children and their caregivers are welcome to attend as often as they wish each week. Intown Playgroup does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin or religion.

About Part-time Daycares Near Me

Besides deciding what kind of child care and preschool teaching philosophy will best serve their young child, many parents also face the choice of whether to choose a part-time daycare or preschool or to pursue a full-time program. Both have advantages and disadvantages, and either one can work very well. Nevertheless, if one or both parents have the necessary flexibility, it's natural to wonder whether a part-time daycare is the best fit for your family.

One of the most cited benefits of part-time daycares is that they can provide parents with the best of both worlds, affording socialization and pre-academic activities without sacrificing too much parent-child bonding time (it's important to note that many studies have shown that full-time daycares and preschools don't prevent bonding, as long as parents spend quality time with their child at home). If a parent is at home full-time, a part-time preschool can also be used to run errands, do household chores, and pursue other projects that would be difficult to do with an infant or toddler.

Depending on the particular daycare center or in-home daycare, part-time scheduling can be flexible, including options like alternating days, consecutive days, partial days, weekend daycare, or drop-in daycare. A possible drawback of choosing a part-time child care program is that it can disrupt routine, which is often upsetting to younger children. Very young toddlers, who don't yet have highly developed memories, might also forget about their daycare after even one day away, making each visit feel like the first. This can be stressful for parents, child care providers, and children alike.

To avoid this, some experts suggest a schedule of two or three consecutive days at the part-time daycare rather than an every other day approach. Another option is to attend part-time preschool every day for only a few hours at a time. Another possible drawback to part-time child care is that it provides less exposure to early education and activities such as socializing, practicing concepts like sharing, collaborating with others, pre-academic activities, etc. This is not to say that children who attend a part-time daycare or preschool are automatically disadvantaged, but they may require additional diligence and extra simulation from parents wanting them to achieve particular skill development milestones.

Part-time child care programs are offered by child care facilities of all shapes and sizes, including home daycares, larger child care centers, as well as preschools. However, if you're looking for a very flexible schedule, you'll typically have better luck with daycares than preschools. One important factor to note is that it is not uncommon for some daycare centers to experience a lot of staff turnover, which can be disruptive to young children who generally thrive on consistency. Parents sending their child to a part-time daycare should make sure to inquire about the tenure of the teachers to determine whether this will be an issue.

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