Our high-quality early childhood education ensures that your child will be ready for Kindergarten and beyond. Community Day Nursery meets the high standards set by National Association for the Education of Young Children that ensure your child will be safe, healthy, and learning each day.
It is the mission of Community Day Nursery to provide children with a safe, supportive, stimulating environment in which each child’s potential for emotional, intellectual, social and physical development is nurtured. It is our goal to strengthen a cooperative partnership with families, through a variety of parenting services and group activities.
In order to provide a sound program for young children, one must first provide a sound program for the adults working with them. No attitudes or approaches can apply to children if they cannot be equally applicable to the teaching staff: therefore, Community Day Nursery concerns itself with the needs of the young and old alike.
- in providing an atmosphere conducive to the development of mutual trust and respect.
- in maintaining an environment that fosters intellectual and creative freedom to develop one’s abilities and pursue one’s interests.
- that education is a flexible and individual process geared toward the needs of each child, resulting from a natural outgrowth of positive emotional and social development.
- in establishing a close rapport with families by providing open communication and supportive services. CDN believes that such dialogue enhances the concept that all change and learning can become integrated into the child’s total life experience.
Community Day Nursery’s educational goals address the physical, social-emotional, cognitive, and language development of the child. These include helping individual children acquire positive feelings about themselves, enhancing children’s ability to interact comfortably with other children and adults, and enabling children to increase their knowledge about their environment appropriate to their level of development
Community Day Nursery intends…
- that the child will trust adults. This will be achieved by providing the child with consistent help and positive support necessary to give the child confidence in the adults with whom the child interacts.
- that the child acquire the desire and ability to function cooperatively with other children. This will be achieved by establishing settings that promote small group interaction. Group projects will gradually be introduced to further encourage this process. Emphasis will be placed on the development of, recognition of, and respect for contributions of others and empathy for individual differences
- that the child’s language abilities be enhanced. Language enrichment will be emphasized through deliberate and relevant conversation. Teachers will verbalize observations and behaviors, ask questions, and make significant comments. Much time will be allotted to stories and related programming. Language shall be considered a primary means of communication and the essential tool of relating among all members of the group.
- that the child acquire the skills and ability to participate in and enjoy daily activities. This will be achieved by designing and implementing programs that are inviting, challenging and stimulating. Consideration will be given to the child’s level of development so that tasks can be met with success, and the child will be encouraged to participate in challenges of increasing complexity. This should result in positive feelings that offer the confidence needed for continuing and growing enthusiasm and participation.
- that the child’s attention span is increased. Activities will gradually be extended in length and complexity as ability for concentration increases. For instance, more difficult puzzles will be introduced, story and group discussion time will be prolonged, additional activities providing fun while requiring the child’s attention will be presented.
- that the child achieve greater independence. All children will be assigned duties to help maintain the collective environment, i.e. setting the table, watering plants, feeding pets. Teachers will define expectations and offer positive reinforcement.
- that the child achieve the necessary freedom to experiment with various materials. Each day the teacher will provide a balanced variety of raw materials for the children to experience. Paints, molding materials, collage, etc. will remain appealingly displayed and readily available. Individualized techniques will be used to involve each child in the creative process.
- that the child acquire the confidence to use the larger play equipment and climbing apparatus. This will be achieved through exposure to, and with encouragement of physical activities involving equipment such as walking boards. Additional activities such as movement through music will be presented daily. In a safe, well-supervised setting children will learn about their own physical potential and respond to challenges requiring the use of newly learned skills.
- that the children learn basic concepts and acquire appropriate information related to specific subject matter. This will be achieved through extensive varied programming pertaining to familiar and observable facts and situations in the child’s life. Typical themes will focus on subjects like the weather, community workers, numbers and shapes, natural science, body development, colors, food, musical concepts, etc. Classroom activities will be supplemented with external programming such as neighborhood visits and trips to places of interest.
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