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Kare'n'-4-Kidz Christian Family Daycare

Emily St
Ojai, CA 93023

Phone:
(805) 646-3300

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children are all different and 0-5 definitely need individual attention and direction. All children receive care and direction based upon their needs at any given time. I don't treat kids "different", I care for each in their own way. Kids all develop at different rates and are rewarded for new achievements regardless of any formal expectations for their age. Many of my kids advance well beyond expectations, some advance as best they can. All find learning and achievements a joy and love to show me whenever they gain something new.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Children need face time - time to be face-to-face with people. They need to feel secure and loved. They need to play and explore. Children learn through play. I help them gain independence and a love of learning. Laughter and singing are some of the sounds we appreciate the most.

A Typical Day

8 am - Breakfast
9 am - Circle time - finger plays, songs, etc.
10am- Potty time, diapers, snacks and "Your Baby Can Read"
10:30-Some days library storytime, somedays free play or reading books together, crafts
11:30-wash up and lunch
12:00-nap time
2:30 - wake, potty and school pick-ups
3:00 - snacks and outdoor play
5:00 - clean up and simple snack, indoor play or learning video
6:00 - family dinner together

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are the prime influence on children. Everyday I communicate to them their childrens' achievements and struggles. They need to know what their child is working on here as much as I need to know anything different at home. Keeping in touch daily at pick-up or drop-off is the only way for the children to receive balanced care from two homes. The kids learn that certain behaviors please or displease and earn rewards and positive strokes or simply do not. When kids aren't "payed" for a behavior we don't appreciate, they eventually will eliminate that behavior and choose more pleasing behaviors. The work is often in figuring out what the "payment" is.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children need to feel safe and secure. I will hold them as long as they need to be held. Often, a child will begin with me at infancy and never develop a real sense of separation anxiety with me. When they begin care later, anxiety almost always ends after they learn they are safe once mom's gone. The only trouble I ever have is when parents linger and give children a false sense of control. This only teaches children to carry on so long as the parent is still here. Parents who leave their children with a brief kiss show the children that they are not anxious and they are secure and in control. The child then trusts the parent's judgement and finds something else to do.