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Tender Loving Daycare

406 Pear Place
Winters, CA 95694

(530) 304-4365

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
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
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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  • listen to music
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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • scooters
Other subjects taught We try to go to Story time at the library every Tuesday. Grow a garden. Cooking during the summer. Swimming during the summer. Hiking, horseback riding and other field trips during the summer.

From the Director:

During Circle time we usually cover: weather counting Zoo phonics (alphabet) singing calendar (days of week, date, month, Today, tomorrow, yesterday) Learn some spanish (alphabet, counting, days of the week, months of the year) Read a story

Day in the Life

General School Mission


We believe children are wonderful miracles and that teachers and parents are privileged to be responsible for them.

We believe the purpose of education is not only to educate, but to create individuals who are responsible and dependable who can think for themselves and make decisions

We believe children need a warm and nurturing environment to feel secure with their surroundings and with their caregivers. Because, children need much success they need to know when a job is well done, as well as limits and expectations.

We believe that children need "basic" areas of development. These areas are physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. The environment will include a climbing apparatus, balance beams, tricycles, sand toys and a variety of other toys to develop large and small muscle coordination, posture, and spatial awareness etc. to help develop them physically. Opportunities for creative art, dramatic play to encourage role-playing, social interaction, and self-expression to develop and meet the social and emotional needs.

We believe children are active learners and cannot be "taught" in the traditional sense of the word. Teachers can provide props, experiences and interactions. Teachers can stimulate, guide, and encourage children while presenting a planned curriculum focused on a theme. I believe children learn best through playful repeated interaction with their environment, acting on and with concrete objects.

We believe that "free play" is very important; perhaps the most important. However, I believe that teacher directed activities are also important. Teacher directed activities help the child learn to follow directions and use self-control during the activity, which may help increase the child's attention span.

We believe that in addition to education, a teacher needs to be warm, sensitive, caring, patient, and committed to children and their parents. I also believe that teachers, and parents for that matter, should model the behavior they wish for children to have since children learn from example. For example, if you want a child to learn honesty, then you need to be honest and not lie, cheat or steal; if you want a child to have respect for others and property, then you need to treat all others including the child with respect and treat property with care to show respect; etc.

A Typical Day

7:30 Breakfast

8:00 transport to schools

9 - 11 preschool activities

11:30/11:45 pick up/drop off kinder students

12 - 1 Lunch


2:30 pick up from schools

3:15 snack time

4pm homework time

Those who do not have homework or have completed their homework have FREE play

5:30 Departure

Summer differs

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

I communicate either in person or through notes.