Early Learning Center
From Learning to Crawl, Walk and Talk to Developing Communication and Problem-Solving Skills, Each Child has a Unique Timetable
Our relationship-based teaching approach strives to cultivate a community of caring as well as optimize individual well-being. We understand that young children build the foundation for later academic success through hands-on, play-based experiences, daily routines, and caring interactions. In order to thrive, students need safe, nurturing, creative environments designed for exploration and learning.
In order to fully support, develop and build reciprocal relationships with students and families, the ELC uses a "continuity of care" model. Continuity of care provides the opportunity for primary care teachers, children and their families, to build close, caring relationships over time. The relationship evolves and is deepened between the teacher, child and their family. When primary care teachers experience continuity of care, they are better able to learn about each child's interests and skills, and therefore support areas of development. Teachers build on this knowledge to provide the highest quality of care and education, working in partnership with families to achieve individualized goals. Each year, teachers move with their group of students to a developmentally appropriate classroom, completing a 2- to 3-year loop with "their" group of students. Classroom placements are determined by and consistent with this model.
The ELC's daily curriculum and planned educational environments are designed to support learning in all areas of development. Cognitive, social-emotional, language and physical development are fostered naturally through intentional planning, thoughtful interactions, and play-based educational experiences. While we know that no teacher or caregiver can replace the love and understanding of a parent, we believe that as a partner in your child's growth, we have a primary responsibility to respect, support and promote your child's sense of self!
Warren-Walker School's Early Learning Center is open from 6:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m, Monday-Friday**. Each classroom has an individualized daily schedule that is determined by the age and developmental needs of the students, however, generally the routine is as follows:
6:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m - Arrival, breakfast (parent provides), indoor curriculum & exploration
8:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m - Outdoor curriculum & exploration
10:00 a.m. - Morning snack (included with tuition)
10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. - Indoor curriculum & exploration
12:00 p.m - Lunch (parent provides)
12:30 p.m - 2:30 p.m. - Story and rest time
2:30 p.m.- Afternoon snack (included with tuition)
3:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. - Outdoor curriculum & exploration
4:30 p.m - 5:00 p.m. - Indoor curriculum & exploration
5:00 p.m -5:30 p.m. - Quiet indoor activities and dismissal
NOTE: Infants under 12 months feed and sleep on demand.
** Each year, the ELC closes the last week in August in order to provide staff training as well as move classrooms.
Each day children are provided with opportunities for:
- Language & Literacy
- Math & Science
- Music & Movement
- Health, Nutrition & Self-care
- Art & Creativity
- Problem-solving & Critical thinking
- Gaining social skills
- Developing self-control
- Learning about differences
- Developing emotional stability & self-regulation