Learning

Communication

Parents are their children's first teachers; therefore we honor your role as a parent and as the first and most important teacher in your child's life.  Our daycare supports this relationship by providing educational opportunities that help each child reach important developmental milestones.  Through nurturing and individualized attention we take great care to provide a safe, secure, and fun learning environment for your child.  We feel that good communication between parent and provider is a very important part of a quality daycare.  Each month we publish a daycare newsletter that keeps our parents involved in our program.  We are committed to creating a strong bond with you and your child, helping to ensure the best start to your child's life.


Teaching Philosophy

We know that children learn best by "doing". The activities the children participate in are concrete, hands-on, encourage participation, and most of all fun.  We believe that learning is an exciting experience.  Furthermore, we know that children also learn through play; because of this we do not under estimate its importance on a growing child's mind, body and spirit.  The children in our care receive lots of both free-play and structured-play throughout each day.  Our intent is to provide each child in our care with a perfect balance of play-time and learning experiences throughout each day.  Each child is given the opportunity to develop at his or her own pace in a setting that is challenging, enjoyable, and instills a lifelong love of learning.


Our Goal

Our goal is to make learning for all ages fun and non-intimidating, by encouraging laughter and provoking smiles.  We ensure that each child in our care feels safe, loved, and happy.  For the various age groups of children in our care, we offer developmentally appropriate activities designed to help the child grow and develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.  Frederick, Maryland is a wonderful environment to raise children.  We expose the children in our daycare program to the local experiences such as plays, book readings and musical performances.  Our goal is to give each child in our care a solid and well-rounded skill base to help prepare them for a strong beginning in school.  We strive to foster creativity and to instill joy in learning; to provide a place where children are encouraged to play and challenged to learn.  We feel that both you and your child will be as enthusiastic as we are about our program.

Playtime


In many daycare programs the climate lately has been towards more education and skills training.  However, young children also need plenty of time to play, to explore their world, and to learn social skills.  We offer this for your child by providing a balance between structured and unstructured activities and by recognizing that all children are born with a desire to explore, discover, and learn.  Frederick, Maryland is a wonderful environment for children.  Our daycare program exposes your child to the local experiences.  Play is critical to the healthy growth and development of children.  Children develop socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically through play.  Children learn through play, because they are engaged in what they are doing.  When children are having fun they are interested and open to new ideas and thoughts.  As children play, they learn to solve problems, to get along with others, take turns, negotiate, and to develop the fine and gross motor skills needed to grow and learn.  Play is how children experience their world and bring meaning to it. It models the social framework that builds relationships for life and inspires imagination.


Little Creations Family Childcare is successful in part because children learn through play....pretend play, playing games, and active playing.  We do not under estimate the importance of play-time on a growing child's mind, body, and spirit. Age appropriate activities are scheduled with the flexibility allowed to respond to the needs of each individual child and their various ages.  Activities that we and the children participate in, include, but are not limited to the following.


Indoor Activities

Books and story-time, Legos, circle-time, tumbling exercises, Lincoln Logs, Kids-K-nex, music and dancing, dress up, play food, interactive stuffed animals, cars/trucks/planes, arts and crafts, puzzles, flash cards, animals/dinosaurs, trains, musical instruments, balls, dolls and Barbies, various learning toys, musical instruments, various games, Mr. Potato Head, bean bag toss, blocks, beads and string, song games, play dough, coloring, sing along story books, painting, science, board games, puppets, Simon-says, and singing.


Outdoor Activities

Climbing, sliding, jumping, running, balls, jump rope, racing, water balloons, parachute, catch, bubbles, follow the leader, squirt bottles, ride-on toys, wagons, tunnels, safe water toys, various games, water table, painting, neighborhood walks, exploring nature/weather, and soccer.  During the summer months (June, July and August) we allow for more outdoor activities and creative art projects. Weather permitting, we play outdoors every day.


Periodic/Seasonal Activities

We celebrate the children’s birthdays and holidays incorporating hands on crafts, treats, and activities.  We also schedule monthly field trips (weather permitting) that merge fun and learning.  Our parents are always welcome to share in the fun!