Straight from the parents!
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"Very dependable! ...now I know there are people who are serious about their job!"
"Astounding improvement in our child's development in a few short months since being enrolled in your care."
"Overall great program & projects. After hours care is a plus."
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hint: hold your little one's forarm to help THEM complete the actions!!

We also participate in the following Holiday projects:

Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years.

Different, Same and Patterns

Bugs & Insects

Animals in the Forest, Water, Farm, Zoo

Emotions and Helping Eachother

Flowers and Gardening

Body Parts (All about ME)

People in our Comminity

Shapes and Colors

Music

Dinosaurs 

Transportation 

Outer Space

Safety

Food and Nutrition 

Cuddles Academy Childcare Curriculum


Every day we learn through play. We take advantage of learning opportunities such as sorting balls by color, blocks by size, or simple addition while serving our food. In addition to our play-based learning, each month we choose a topic to explore more thoroughly.


This is a sample list of topics that we explore:



Starting Your Search for the Right Childcare

Here is a checklist of helpful items to consider when searching for childcare. While all aspects are of great importance, one category that I have found to be invaluable is finding a person that you can develop a close parent/provider relationship with. When talking with perspective caregivers, keep in mind that you will be sharing your daily life with each other and open communication is essential in meeting the changing needs of your child. With this, it is important that you choose the care setting that feels comfortable for you and your family.

Health and Safety

□ Is there an evacuation plan in case of emergency?
□ Are there safe pickup/drop-off procedures?
□ Are there caregivers on-site trained in first aid and CPR?
□ Are outdoor play areas safe and fenced in?
□ Are the menus nutritious and food choices varied?
□ Do caregivers follow hand-washing procedures?

Teachers and Staff

□ Are teachers trained for the age group that they teach?
□ Can you tell children are learning in the environments             provided?
□ Do teachers interact with children-both in small and large       group activities?
□ Do you feel comfortable with the person who will take             care of your child?
□ Do you feel the caregiver will partner with you in
   meeting your child's changing needs?
□ Do you feel you could speak openly with the caregiver             about anything concerning you?

Environment

□ Is the space used for care well organized with separate           areas designated for play, meals, and rest time?
□ Are materials arranged at the children's level to promote
   self-help skills?
□ Are the opportunities for children to experience various         colors, textures, and sounds?
□ Is space available for large and small motor skill activities?

Curriculum

□ Is the day planned with your child in mind?
□ Is the program adaptable for various levels of                             development?
□ Do children engage in a variety of activities throughout the     day?
□ Do children learn social skills-such as sharing, taking turns,
   and getting along with others?
□ Do children have ample time to play and explore?
□ Is play used as a way to learn?

Infants and Toddlers

□ Are there individual sleeping space for each child?
□ Are there guidelines for sanitizing toys and surfaces?
□ Are the toys safe?
□ Is the day structured to meet your child’s needs?
□ Are play & daily routines used as opportunities for                   nurturing and learning?
□ Do the toys and materials offer interesting and challenging
   activities?
□ Is the environment cozy and familial?

Preschool and Pre-K

□ Does the curriculum prepare your child for school?
□ Is quality literature used in the classroom each day?
□ Are children read to often?
□ Are writing materials available?
□ Are there opportunities for group & individual learning?
□ Do children get a wide range of hands-on learning                     experiences?

   It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.         -Ann Landers

      Cuddles Academy Hand Washing Song                   (to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

(talking) Water...Soap...And...

Scrub, scrub, scrub your hands
Every single day.
Scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing,
Washing germs away.

Scrub, scrub, scrub your hands
Every single day.
Scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing,
Washing germs away.

(talking) Rinse...Leave it in the sink. And...

Dry, dry, dry your hands
Every single day
Drying, drying, drying, drying,
All so we can play!

Here’s a sample list of self-help skills that we practice daily:

     ◦ Covering mouth when sneezing or coughing

     ◦ Pulling up pants after diapering

     ◦ Feeding self with hands and utensils

     ◦ Placing cup above plate (or as far as arms will reach)

     ◦ Putting on/taking off clothes and shoes

     ◦ Washing hands

     ◦ Brushing teeth

     ◦ Putting toys away and cleaning up spills

     ◦ Serving the food onto their own plate, pouring into cup

     ◦ Communicating needs through speech or gestures

Every time a child is present in the moment and participating in a skill they are internalizing and making new connections to the world around them.

Some can be started earlier, all are appropriate by the time a child can walk. Remember to use their hands to do the action with you.

Cuddles Academy Childcare Self-Help Skills