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Little Steps Pre School

801 Knollwood Drive
Newbury Park, CA 91320

Phone:
(805) 498-8443

Website:

Little Steps Preschool is a ministry of Newbury Park First Christian Church. We serve chidren ages 2-5. Children in the 2-year-old class can be in diapers and we aid in the toilet training process. The ratio of teachers to students is 1 to 10 and there are 2 teachers with up to 10 students in the 2-year-old class.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Little Steps Preschool exists to meet the preschool and childcare needs of the comminity in a safe, nurturing, and Christian environment.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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
Other subjects taught Little Steps Preschool's Curriculum is designed specifically for each age group. Each child will get an experience in art, math, science, fine motor, gross motor, launguage arts, and music every single day through teacher led circle times and hands-on center activites. Our curriculum is a developmental, theme based curriculum which is designed as a jumping board for the teachers. The teachers will take the monthly curriclum and develop weekly lesson plans posted on the parent information board in each classroom.

From the Director:

Little Steps Preschool strives to give each child individualised curriculum, as well as challenge them to grow in all aspects of their development. Each age group (2-5) has tailored curriculum to enhance their skills through hands-on activites and group time.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

When lesson planning, the teachers will take the monthly themes and create weekly lesson plans, taking into account each child's interests, and skill level. The teachers want to have inviting, hands-on centers that both intice and challenge the growth and development of each child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Presenting the love of God through Jesus Christ to each child through sound, Bible based curriculum.
Developing and maintaining a positive self-esteem in each child.
The balanced growth of each child physically, socially, creatively, cognitively, emotionally and spiritually.
Ministering as an extension of the family so that the home and preschool can work side by side for the benefit of the child.
Employing qualified staff and providing them with a pleasant and thoroughly equipped facility in which to work.
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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Children arrive to school through the play yard. The teachers have set out table activites and the children can choose to play with bikes, scooters, an outside kitchen, the book area, climb on the play structure, or explore the nature area. At 9am the day begins. The children wash their hands and go potty if needed, then they have group time with Cognative circle. After Cognative Cirle, they explore a variety of hands on table and floor activites for 45minutes to 1 hour. Time to clean up and wash hands for snack time. Snack is provided by the school and is a minimum of two food groups. Snack time is a great time for the children to try new foods, learn table manners and socialize with their peers in a "family style" setting. After snack is Bible Circle. They sing songs, do fingerplays and hear about the Word of God from a developmental level. In addition to daily BIble lessons, the chidlren go to weekly Chapel in the church. After Bible Circle it's time for Outside Exploration. Then to close out the day the children hear stories that go with the theme and review what they learned throughout the day. It is now noon and the children with Preschool Schedules leave or opt to stay for Lunch Buddies. They eat the nutricious lunch that their parents provide, then go and play on the play yard until Nap Time at 1pm. Naptime is from 1pm to 2:45pm daily. At 3pm the Extended children go home and those in Full Care eat another snack provided by the school, then play on the playground until 4:30. Time to wash hands and hear a story before free centers in the classroom. Little Steps Preschool Closes at 5:30pm.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Communication is so important and we try our best at LIttle Steps Preschool to foster a welcomed atmosphere for all families. Parents are encouraged to participate in their child's preschool experience by being a Parent of the Month, helping with special projects, coming into the class to read a story or do a special craft with the children, and helping with the special activity for the month. If parents cannot make it into the classroom they can participate with donating items for the parties, giving to the classroom wish list, or participating with the fundraisers. A yearly calendar is given to each family during tours and at the beginning of the school year. The families hear about what is going on through monthly newsletters, notes from the teachers, signs on the classroom doors, and the Parent Information Board. If parents still need clarification, they can call the school or email the Director.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

The first step in aiding seperation from home to school is to have a tour of our facility. The children will be introduced to the teachers and staff with their parent and be able to see the other children involved in activities. Once the parents sign-them up we encourage them to talk about what fun their child will have at school, and when the child is done playing for the day, the parents or authorized friends/family members will come pick them up. On the child's first day, we encourage the parents to help their child find an activity or stay with a teacher until they are ready to play. We recomend that the parents always say goodbye even if their child is having a hard transition. The parent can call and check up on their child at anytime.