Play-based Daycares Near Me

Play-based Daycares Near Me

Mount Olivet Playhouse
​​About the staff: Mount Olivet Playhouse is an intimate and charming home daycare and preschool in Washington DC. This family child care program is run by a team of 2 co-owners who have 12 years of combined experience in child care and early education. Both providers are moms, so they understand the needs and concerns of working parents. Their philosophy is to treat each child enrolled as their own children! They're both CPR and First-aid certified, and can also administer medication since they are MAT-trained. About the program: The daycare is open year-round from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The program follows the Creative Curriculum – helping children develop their creativity and lifelong critical thinking skills. They provide full-time daycare and preschool for infants as young as 8 weeks old, as well as toddlers through preschoolers up to 3 years old, including children with special needs. Drop-in care is also available for your occasional needs and this daycare offer a peanut and tree-nut free environment. Location: Mount Olivet Kids Playhouse is in the Trinidad neighborhood of Washington, DC. The facility is located off Mt. Olivet Rd NE and West Virginia Ave NE, just a few minutes away from Bladensburg Rd NE and New York Ave NE (US-50). Please send a note or call to schedule your tour!

About Play-based Daycares Near Me

Play-based daycares and preschools use a child-centered approach that encourages students to move from one activity to another based on their own interests. Typically, a play-based curriculum is unstructured (or lightly structured), with the preschool teacher acting as a facilitator and guide, rather than a transmitter of information. Each day may be divided into predictable blocks (story time, free play time, nap time, etc.), but children are offered a choice whenever it's appropriate. Each child is also allowed to learn at his or her own pace, making play-based preschools a great option for a wide range of personalities, and for children with special needs.

The importance of play in early childhood education has been proven; play helps children learn and develop cognitive skills, social skills, and literacy skills. The classroom of a play-based daycare will normally be open and full of choice. A variety of stations will be carefully arranged to maximize the potential for exploratory play in science, books, music, art, etc. Children will typically play alone or in small groups, rather than spending significant time together as an entire class. However, there will be plenty of discussion between teachers and preschoolers, and concepts will often be taught through songs and games, or through gentle guidance as a child contemplates a building project or artistic creation.

Child care centers are more likely to offer a play-based learning approach than preschools, which tend to be more structured and oriented towards pre-academics. However, the distinction is by no means universal, especially in preschools that use a play-based curriculum, like Waldorf preschools. Some parents may worry that a play-based approach might disadvantage their child in grade school, but studies have repeatedly shown that there are no meaningful differences between play-based and academic preschools when it comes to long-term academic success. That said, it is always wise to inquire about the level of structure and academics in a play-based child care program, as it can actually vary quite widely.

The Montessori philosophy, for example, is sometimes described as play-based and child-centered because it is designed to allow children to move at their own pace in each topic. However, it uses a far more structured and academic approach than other preschool philosophies, making Montessori preschools less suitable for children who thrive in an environment emphasizing choice, flexibility, and imagination. Conversely, some children crave a higher level of structure than the one offered in many play-based child care centers. Nevertheless, play-based programs are versatile by nature and can work very well for a majority of children, making them one of the main options for parents looking for a daycare or preschool.

Other Play-based Daycares Near Washington DC

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.

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.

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