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Tutor Time Childcare Learning Center

610 East Dunne
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

(408) 778-1977


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Philosophy of Education: The Tutor Time curriculum is designed around the principle that children are intelligent in many different ways. Playful learning experiences organized around the eight Tutor Time "Smarts", prepare children for elementary school and set them on a path to life-long learning. The Eight Smarts: *WordSmart *MathSmart *BodySmart *DesignSmart *MusicSmart *MeSmart *PeopleSmart *NatureSmart

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • WordSmart
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • MathSmart
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
  • DesignSmart
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • NatureSmart
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • MusicSmart
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • DesignSmart
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • BodySmart
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Our curriculum is relationship and developmentally based. We not only work on the academic but also those very important social emotional areas, and help families with our creating character curriculum.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All of our teachers are life long learners and work hard to instill that drive and desire in the children through developing nurturing, personal relationships with them and their families.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

AT Tutor Time We Promise....
*To be a vital extension of your family by creating an environment of love and understanding for your child.
*To create a learning environment for your child that stimulates the growth and development of the whole child.
*To work together with your family to build a foundation for your child's happiness and success.
* to recognize the individuality of your child while instilling respect for the diversity that surrounds us.

We strive to make this a warm and welcoming home for all our families. Our open door policy is upheld and family members may visit children at any time. Family Orientation is scheduled with teachers before every child�s first day. Family input is encouraged. Daily Links are written for every child to take home. Parent information boards are outside each classroom and curriculum is planned by teachers every week. Biannual Family-Teacher Conversations are an opportunity to review every child's progress and his/her parents' needs.

We encourage all parents to participate in Back-to School Nights to experience their child's day first-hand. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents as well.

Family Events build our Community and draw everyone closer. Annual events like Open House (Children's Fair), Mother�s & Father�s Days, Harvest Parade, local community events, etc. are always planned on our calendar with creative and fun events for children and parents alike.

A Typical Day

We offer 5, 3 & 2 day a week full and half day programs.

Full Day Program 6:30-6:30
Half Day Program 8:00-12:30

Infant, Toddler, Twaddler, & Prepper

Free Choice Activities: Puzzles, Blocks, Books, Sensory Play
Circle Time
Snack Time
Primary Care Group Activities (Rotation):
� Art / Sensory Play
� Free Choice
� Outside Activities
Hand Washing and Lunch
Naptime on individual mats
Snack Time
Outdoor Activities and Sensory Play
Free Choice / Practical Life Lessons/Sensory

Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten

Open Learning Centers
Circle Time #1 (songs, shared values)
Snack Time
Planned Activities
Village Play
Circle Time #2 (discuss daily activities)
Snack Time
Art / Learning Workbooks
Handwriting Lessons
Outside Activities, Garden and Games
Hand Washing and Lunch
Rest Time
Snack Time
Circle Time #3 (songs, stories, review and reminders for next day)
Sensory / Practical Life Skills / Open Learning Centers
Outside Activities, Garden and Games
Table Activities and Stories"

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We provide a Daily Link for your child everyday. This covers: napping times, how well they eat, some activities they did that day, a special note specific to your child, & for our Infants/Toddlers/Twaddlers a diapering/potty section.

We show you what your child is learning through DOL (Documentation of Learning) boards in each classroom. You get to see pictures of the activity, samples of the work and what they are learning during the activity.

We track your child's progress with our unique and developmentally specific ability profiles. We offer bi-annual (May and November) conference times to review your child's progress and develop goals for the next 6 months.

There is an annual Back to School Night in October where the families are invited to come in and experience a day in the life of their child. (Adults only for the Young Learners) You get to come in and be your child for an hour as the teachers walk you through a sample of your child's day.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We are proactive in trying to minimize the amount of separation anxiety that your child will have when they start with us by:
~ Setting up visitation days before the child starts.
~ Scheduling a family-teacher orientation meeting before their first day.
~ Knowing that every child transitions in their own way and time, but generally take their clues from us (The more positive we are, the better they are).