We understand the importance of new life. Infants ages 6 weeks through 18 months receive continuous care in our programs 52 weeks a year. From 6:00 in the morning until 6:30 in the evening Monday through Friday, infants grow in our small program sizes to give each child the individual attention he or she needs.
Infants: 6 weeks to 12 months
Transitional Infants: 12 months to 18 months
The ages listed are general guidelines. Children will not be moved on birthday dates. Children may be moved earlier or later than these ages based on social, emotional, and cognitive stages. It is most likely to see these “Move Ups” through out the year in the Infant and Toddler Programs. “Move Ups” from the Toddler Programs to the Pre-School and Pre- K Programs are usually done at the beginning of the academic year but could occur during through our the year.
Our program runs from September through June. We offer full-time and part-time enrollments. Children go outside everyday; weather permitting.
We offer parents observation times for their children to get to know our program for 2-3 hours while their parents complete some paperwork. This helps the child and the parent transition. The child will bond with staff and the parents can become more comfortable with our operations.
The curriculum at Les Petits Cherubs is based on the Pennsylvania Early Childhood Education Standards. These research-based standards identify key learning areas of development for children.
The PA Learning Standards guide our teachers to integrate developmental knowledge with attitudes, skills and concepts. This helps children to make progress in all of the learning areas. The Creative Curriculum is also incorporated into our daily activities and lesson plans. Les Petits Cherubs Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten also use the core curriculum.
The most important goal of our early childhood curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners.
We’re teaching children how to learn by incorporating the following centers in all of our classrooms:
- Cognitive Teacher Directed
- Science and Discovery
- Creative Art
- Transportation and Blocks
- Fine Motor
- Music and Movement
- Gross Motor
- Dramatic Play
The lesson plans at Les Petits Cherubs are based on monthly themes. This allows the teachers to creatively plan activities that focus on the seasons and holidays. Each month presents a new shape, color, number and letter for the classroom to explore and learn; as well as a set of opposites. Each month a community helper is introduced. Each teacher’s objective is to plan activities that focus and target children’s individual strengths and weaknesses. We work with families to understand both the child’s needs and the family’s desires when developing individual care and lesson plans.
Parents also play an important role in our curriculum. Parents are a child’s role model for learning. A parent’s attitude towards learning can inspire children to continue on their learning journey. Parents can aide in their child’s development by exploring nature, cooking together, counting together and especially reading together. Parents can show children how exciting and meaningful learning can be by extending what children have learned in school to their homes. As children grow into school age children, parents become their children’s learning coaches. Parents can help their children to organize their time and support their desires to learn new things in and out of school.
Daily schedules and routines are important in the lives of children because they provide children with a sense of safety and stability. Our daily schedules allow time for fun and exploration in all of the learning areas as well as set aside time for meals and rest. Creativity, exploration and experimentation are balanced with teacher facilitated themes and projects. Although the daily schedule helps us to organize the day, we don’t want it to limit our ability to be spontaneous and flexible. Schedules are flexible enough to accommodate each child’s individual emotional, social, physical and academic needs.
Parent Steering Committee
We have a parent steering committee within each of our programs at each location. Our parent steering committee gives parents the opportunity to have a voice in their child’s day-to-day activities here at our school.
Each of our facilities are secure, protected environments that are clean, friendly, and stimulating for children.
We offer playgrounds at every facility that are specifically designed for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and K-5 aged children. The surfaces of our playgrounds are rubber or turf.
Our staff is dedicated, compassionate, and certified by state and federal requirements. Background checks of every staff member are required. Our teachers hold degrees in Early Childhood Education.
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