At the Pre-K1 level, children are at least 12 months old and are walking well. Once they reach this level, the students will follow together in a regular daily schedule that will include morning circle time to go over age-appropriate curriculum such as letters, sounds, numbers, colors, shapes and a Bible verse and story, following with a morning snack. Weather-permitting, children will play outside on the enclosed playground designed for their age group. Lunch is served in the classroom at 11:15 a.m., with nap time to follow.
Lunch is included in weekly tuition for infants - Pre-K4. At this level, children are generally weaned from baby food and bottles, and we will begin offering lunch from our daily menu. Parents will receive a monthly menu to review and modify for their child. For example, if parents choose for their child not to have a particular item on any given day, they may indicate that on the menu and communicate it to our care givers. Parents are welcome to bring in all food for their child if they prefer to supply food from home.
Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:6 - In accordance with Tennessee State Child Care requirements, we may have up to 12 children in a Pre-K1 classroom, with a lead teacher and an aide.
In addition to curriculum covered in morning circle time, teachers also read books to the students and provide fun art projects and engaging sensory activities. We follow a combination of lessons from Mother Goose Time. A monthly syllabus is posted outside the classroom during the school year. Summer months are more free-time with seasonal activities including water days, gymnastics, visits from local attractions such as a petting zoo, the Tennessee Aquarium and Creative Discovery Museum and more to bring fun activities to the children while they are in our care.
For Pre-K1: Diapers (or Pull-Ups that open on the side), wipes, two sippie cups for water and milk, change of seasonal clothes, overlay sheet for napping mat (we provide cots/mats) and blanket, pillow and sleep toy, if desired. Your child will use the same mat each day. Parents may take home blankets to wash as often as needed. You may bring in large boxes of diapers and wipes, but please label the box(es).
Parents of infants through Pre-K2 will receive a daily sheet with detailed information about their child’s eating and toileting habits.
Under the Tennessee State childcare standards, children ages Pre-K4 and under must be provided at least an hour and half nap time. We provide a cot/mat for each child, but parents must provide bedding as mentioned in supplies. Your child will use the same cot each day.