We have two infant rooms at Just Like Home Childcare, each designed to meet your baby's developmental needs. The Infant 1 Classroom is for infants ages 6 weeks to 12 months. Experienced caregivers provide a warm, nurturing environment for your child to grow and explore. The room is full of fun, stimulating toys, while still providing a calm and soothing environment. Infants are held, sung and read to, and played with all day, stimulating their growth and development. With a ratio of 1 teacher for every 4 children, you can rest assured that your child is receiving the special care and individual attention that he or she needs. We know that each child develops at his or her own pace, and we are here to share in every milestone with you. You can expect daily communication from the staff on how your little one did that day.
Our Infant 2 Classroom, also known as the Infant Transition Room, is for children ages 12 to 18 months. At this point your child is becoming a toddler and needs more space and opportunities for movement and exploration. This room provides just that! You will find lots of fun, exciting toys and materials to further develop both fine and gross motor skills. Children will enjoy story time, songs and finger plays, art time, and sensory play. Sign language is also one of the tools used in this classroom, as most of the children cannot communicate verbally yet. The ratio in this classroom is still 1 teacher for every 4 children.
Our toddlers are also split into two groups. Children in the Toddler 1 Classroom are approximately 18 months to 2 ½ years old. This classroom follows a ratio of 1 teacher for every 6 children. In this room they will start learning concepts such as their colors, shapes, letters, and counting. Each day is full of engaging songs, stories, art, and play times that are planned with your child's developmental needs in mind. Activities and interactions between caregivers and the children promote expanding their vocabulary. Children begin to learn skills such as sharing and taking turns. Potty training can begin in this room when you and your child are ready.
The Toddler 2 Classroom is for children approximately 2 ½ to 3 ½ years old, again following the 1:6 teacher/child ratio. In this room they start to work on more recognition of colors, shapes, letters, and numbers. They start learning how to use scissors, even though at this stage you will just see scraps and strips of paper. They have lots of fun with art projects using various mediums and participating in very hands-on activities. During play time, this class starts splitting up into small groups in centers. The children learn the boundaries of the classroom and begin to take more responsibility for the area in which they have chosen to play. Children will be fully potty trained by the time they leave this room.
The age at which a child transitions from Toddler 1 to Toddler 2 is approximate and is based upon the child's development and readiness. The same goes for transitioning from Toddler 2 into Preschool, with the goal being that your child will end up spending one year in Preschool and one year in Pre-K.
The Preschool Classroom is for children approximately ages 3 ½ to 4 ½ years old. It offers a more structured learning environment where your child will learn through large and small group times, hands-on activities, experiments, games, art projects, reading and play. This classroom follows a ratio of 1 teacher for every 10 children.
The Pre-K Classroom is for children approximately ages 4 ½ to 5 ½ years old who will be entering Kindergarten the next fall. Our goal is to have them ready as they head off to school, armed with all the knowledge and tools they need to succeed in Kindergarten. The ratio of this group is 1 teacher for every 12 children.
We use Handwriting Without Tears® Get Set for School as our main curriculum for our Pre-K Classroom. The Preschool Classroom also uses developmentally appropriate adaptations of some of the materials in their room as well. Visit www.hwtears.com for more information about the Get Set for School® curriculum. We also use weekly themes for the whole center to incorporate a wide range of learning topics for children.
You will find that both the Preschool and Pre-K Classrooms are set up with distinct learning centers around the room. Children are given opportunities daily to choose a center to play in which interests them. Learning centers include, but are not limited to: Blocks, Dramatic Play, Math, Science, Art, Reading and Sensory. Teachers may rotate materials into the centers or offer a special center option based on what the children are learning about at that time.
Also, make sure to keep an eye out for field trip opportunities for you Preschool or Pre-K student!
Age ranges for these classrooms are approximate, with the goal being that your child will spend one school year in Preschool and one school year in Pre-K.
Just Like Home Childcare offers before and after school care for school age children up through 12 years of age with transportation to and from several local schools. We also provide full-day care on days when school is out. In the summer we offer an amazing program for your school age child, full of fun activities and field trips to keep your child active and engaged.