Best Peanut-Free Daycares Near Me

Peanut-Free Daycares Near Me

Kiddie Academy of DC - West End
Kiddie Academy provides children with a solid academic foundation by implementing a multi-sensory integrated approach to education. Our days are filled with learning and fun, the key ingredients of our Life Essentials® educational philosophy. Our goal is to prepare the global citizens of tomorrow by exposing children to vast forms of education supported by our AdvancEd accredited curriculum and incorporating music program, foreign language, science, technology, and even health & fitness program. See the smiles on your child’s face every day! The words from our children’s parents will impress you. Some of the best learning happens without your child knowing it, as our skilled teachers teach children to be independent learners and thinkers while engaging them in fun play-based activities. It takes more than love and passion to do this; this is why our lead teachers hold advanced degrees. Learning a second language at a young age provides children with a firm foundation for greater educational success. We offer Spanish lessons in our infant to 2 year old classrooms. Our full-day Spanish Bilingual Program is available for children in the Pre K classes. Research has shown that it is never too early to begin exposing children to a second language. We have developed this unique preschool program with a coordinated approach to the English curriculum and to everyday, meaningful conversation. We realize the tremendous level of trust you place in a childcare provider. From hot meals to our indoor gym, Kiddie Academy is more than daycare. You want your child to thrive in an environment that's as clean, safe and nurturing as your home. Kiddie Academy sets the standards for safety, education and trust.
Mount Olivet Children's Center
About Us Mount Olivet Children's Center is a family-owned child care center and preschool in Washington, DC. I am the owner and as a mother myself, I know that finding safe and quality child care is important. Our director is also a mother, she has 15 years of child care experience, and she holds a Bachelors’ degree in Early Childhood Education. She’s also CPR and first-aid certified, as well as MAT trained. At Mount Olivet Children's Center, we offer a play-based early learning environment. We are open from 7:00am until 6:00pm and care for children between 6 weeks and 5 years old. We offer a preschool program, full-time and part-time daycare, as well as drop in care. We also have a summer camp, as well as before and after school care. We provide snacks to the children in our care, and offer a peanut-free environment. Our child development center is located near Gallaudet University, in the Trinidad neighborhood of Northeast Washington DC (off Mt Oliver Rd NE). We look forward to meeting you and your little one! Philosophy Our goal at Mount Olivet Children's Center is to provide high quality child care and early education for infants as young as 6 weeks, through 5 years old. Our underlying belief are that children need to be loved, respected, and accepted. Trust is critical and trust is built in an environment where caregivers respond appropriately to our children through communication. We also believe that young children learn through their senses, by watching and touching. Therefore, we offer our students lots of age-appropriate hands on activities to allow them freedom of movements, which we believe is also a key element for their development. Our Curriculum The daily program for our little students includes both independent and collaborative activities. Children are encouraged to quietly explore and discover on their own, but we also believe that in today’s world, it’s critical for children to learn to work socialize and learn and work in a group. Our caregivers and teachers also cater to the needs of each child, and will provide an early learning environment to meet infants’ unique developmental needs. We create daily routines and develop both verbal and non-verbal communication skills in a personalized and nurturing environment. Daily activities include communication and vocabulary for language development, fine and large motor skills, and socialization (we practice manners and courtesy.) We help with potty-training and also involve children in the preparation of our meals and the care of their classroom so they develop practical life skills very early on.

About Peanut-Free Daycares Near Me

Peanut-free daycares and preschools are quite common and can be found in all shapes and sizes, from small home daycares to larger child care centers and academically oriented preschools. Other than removing snacks and foods that contain peanuts or peanut butter, no other sacrifices need to be made to be a peanut-free daycare center. Therefore, many daycares choose this route, as a means of minimizing the potential for accidents among their students. Of course, peanut allergies can be extremely serious, even life-threatening, so diligence is always a good idea when considering a daycare that claims to be peanut-free.

It is important to keep in mind that the understanding of food allergies can vary. Therefore, even at a peanut-free preschool, one of the first questions you should ask is how the caregivers and teachers have been trained to avoid allergic reactions, and if they know how to respond if one occurs. If you have an infant or toddler (and even a preschooler), they may not be able to effectively communicate their peanut allergy, so it's important that the teachers and child care providers have a complete picture of what to expect in the case of an accidental exposure.

If you are considering a peanut-free home daycare, you may want to confirm that no food items at all containing peanuts are stored in the house. Similarly, you should always go over a list of safe and unsafe foods with daycare staff. Many peanut-free daycares also operate from within multi-purpose buildings such as places of worship or elementary schools, increasing the chances of cross-contact, especially if there is a shared kitchen facility. In those instances, or if your child has especially severe allergies, it might be best to pack alternative snacks and a lunch from home every day.

Even if you are satisfied with the precautions at your chosen daycare, events like birthday celebrations greatly increase the chance of a parent inadvertently bringing snacks with traces of peanuts. Although awareness of nut allergies has increased over the years, many parents still need to be educated, and some peanut-free daycare and preschools encourage parents to give presentations on the topic to other parents, as a means of dispelling myths and increasing understanding. You may also want to be proactive and suggest this yourself if you have concerns about how well other parents understand the risks to your child.

Ultimately, it's impossible to completely control an environment, but well- managed peanut-free daycares can be wonderful environments for a child to learn and grow without feeling held back or diminished by his or her allergy.

Other Peanut-Free Daycares Near Washington DC

Georgetown Montessori School

The Georgetown Montessori School, established in 1983, provides the... "prepared environment" essential to Montessori education. The equipment is scientifically designed to provide the child with concrete examples of abstract ideas. It is self-corrective, allowing the child to develop his senses and learn for himself under the guidance of a skilled Montessori teacher. Children are free to talk and move around, are stimulated by purposeful learning activities of their own choosing, can discover and correct their own errors, and are treated with respect and trust. All these factors help the children to develop an inner discipline and a sense of responsibility. The materials are programmed, each piece prepares the child to take another step ahead in his learning, progressing from the simple to the complex, from the concrete to the abstract. The materials are multifaceted, so the child can learn a variety of increasingly complex things from a single piece. Grasping the initial idea behind the piece of apparatus is only the start for the child. The actual learning takes place when the child voluntarily begins a repetition of the work. It is this repetition, the concentration it develops, and the child's internal feelings of success and accomplishment that reinforce the learning. Thus, the child's main motivation comes internally. External reinforcers such as rewards, punishments or contrived competition are unnecessary in a Montessori environment. Education, to Maria Montessori, was a preparation for life, not merely a search for intellectual skills. The Georgetown Montessori School consists of a toddler program and a primary program. The children in our Toddler program begin at 24 months and continue until they are approximately three years old. Classes meet three or five mornings weekly. This offers the child their first school experience. The class consists of fifteen two year olds with one Montessori teacher and two assistants. The toddlers develop in the areas of language, movement, independence and socialization. The child learns to make choices, and "work" alone, or in small groups. Through their work, they develop concentration and self confidence. In group activities, the children participate in singing, stories and snack. This is your child's first exposure to a larger community. The Montessori Primary program, for ages 3 to 6, emphasizes the following areas: PRACTICAL LIFE EXERCISES These are exercises in polishing, washing, pouring, or learning to lace and tie a bow, for a few examples. They help the child to become independent and to care for his or her own needs. In addition to being intrinsically satisfying to the child, such "real" activities help develop large and small muscle coordination, orderly work and study habits, and deep concentration. SENSORIAL These exercises help the children become aware of the world around them. Exercises are designed to help the child isolate, compare, and classify perceptions of sounds, smells, colors, textures, sizes, and shapes. Sensory exercises progress naturally to a variety of activities such as art, music, geography, history, the sciences, and plant and animal studies. LANGUAGE... The study of the English language begins with a phonetic approach. It gradually encompasses all forms of the language, including writing, reading, punctuation, grammar, spelling, and dramatization. French is introduced in singing , counting and beginning vocabulary lessons. MATHEMATICS The Montessori approach to teaching math is a basic one, beginning with concrete objects, moving to the abstract ideas, and associating the two together. The curriculum goes from learning quantities, to the decimal system, and on to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. GEOGRAPHY: The children learn the continents of the world as well as the countries of these continents. They also see visual impressions of the different continents and cultures. They learn how to make flags of different countries and listen to various international music. MUSIC, ART: Music is part of our everyday curriculum during a mid-morning circle singing time. A music class is also offered once weekly during which time children are introduced to instruments of the orchestra and are introduced to timbre, pitch and elements of Jazz. A creative art class is offered in small groups five mornings per week as an introduction to different art mediums. Seasonal Programs: The children perform seasonal productions for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. This allows the parents to socialize and the children to become more self confident with their performance skills. Georgetown Montessori School Inc. is a child care center in Washington, DC. We are open from 8:00am to 6:00pm. To learn more about us, please send us an email.

Little Folks School

About Us The Little Folks School is an independent Nursery School for... children ages two and a half to five, located in Georgetown. Founded over 40 years ago, Little Folks is devoted to the needs of the whole child with a focus on the Arts. Curriculum At the Little Folks School we create an environment for your child to learn through active exploration and interaction with teachers, other children, and the physical world around them. Our approach to meeting the needs of the whole child informs every curriculum decision. Play Our program is “play-based” with significant portions of the day devoted to self-directed, imaginary play. Our goal is to support and encourage activities initiated by the young child. Time spent in this way has great purpose and significance for the child; these activities are not random and have a pattern and organization in keeping with the child’s level of mental ability. Allowing the child time and freedom to complete these activities to his or her personal satisfaction nourishes that child’s powers of concentration and attention. At Little Folks, we respect and value the self-initiated play of young children. Pro-social Development Our program utilizes 8 strategies for developing pro-social behavior. We provide child-sensitive, age-appropriate care. The emphasis is on cooperation rather than competition. We consider the layout and arrangement of classrooms. Children’s literature is utilized. We initiate discussions about sharing and provide concrete experiences. We develop altruistic projects. Children are required to be responsible toward others. We develop daily rituals that cherish children. Physical Education The goal of our Physical Education program is to help children develop body and spatial awareness and to help them refine their emerging motor skills. Classes include aerobics, balancing activities, obstacle courses, and work with balls of all sizes. In addition, one class per week is devoted to Health, Safety and Nutrition.

Capitol Hill Learning Group

Capitol Hill Learning Group (CHLG) offers teacher-led classes... beginning at 2.5 years and includes a teacher-led cooperative for primary aged students that combines classroom based education with home based education. We're a cooperative program, and parents contribute by assisting in their child's classroom on a rotating basis and by volunteering in other capacities to help keep the school running smoothly. CHLG is faith-based in the Christian tradition, and while we are organized in such a way that there is freedom to talk about God, Jesus Christ and the Bible, we welcome families from other faiths as well as families who do not consider themselves religious. CHLG's preschool program provides curriculum for all areas of a child's growth- physical, emotional, spiritual, social, linguistic, aesthetic and cognitive. We focus on what is familiar to children and on creative play through which children learn social roles, cooperation and problem solving. Children learn through experimenting, observing, wondering, exploring and questioning. Our curriculum seeks to provide children with the skills that will both help them learn as well as develop a love for learning. We promote a child's inner drive and excitement about learning as they use and apply knowledge, process and skills. The Hybrid Academy at CHLG is a unique primary schooling opportunity that pairs classroom learning with home based education, allowing for a rigorous academic program that can be tailored to the individual child's strengths and needs. Our Hybrid model consists of small classes (10 children maximum) taught by professional teachers. Classes meet on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00-1:00. Our teachers partner with parents in the education of the child by providing consults on an as needed basis and by regular written communication regarding assignments to be completed at home on non-class days (Mondays and Wednesdays).

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