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Beginner Steps Daycare LLC

Hirsch Road
Stamford, CT 06905

(203) 979-8438


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Beginner Steps Daycare LLC recognizes that the first two years of life are an extraordinary time that sets the stage for all the years that follow.The first year of life is a critical time for development. It is responsive, language-rich attention that follows the child's lead that is essential to optimize development. Infants and toddlers are sensory motor beings. They explore the world with their senses and developing motor skills. Long before they understand concepts like "under" or "far" with their minds, their bodies are learning to navigate the up and down, over and under of the physical world. Their perceptions are sorting out sizes, colors, and shapes. The curriculum provides infants and toddlers with a rich learning environment with appropriate learning activities.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Beginner Steps Daycare LLC believes to use words to with Your Kids Every Day to instill confidence, self-respect, and thoughtfulness in your children. To name a few: 1. Thank you. 2. Tell me more. 3. You can do it. 4. How can I help? 5. Let's all pitch in. 6. How about a hug? 7. Please. 8. Good job! 9. It's time to... 10. I love you. Our facility allows small groups of children enabling one on one learning and teaching as well as groups for social interaction.

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
  • Maps
  • 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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  • 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 Action/Movement, Vehicle Center/Toys Construction/Blocks, Discovery/Science, Housekeeping/Dramatic Play, Outdoor Learning, Art/Creative Expression, Sensory, Sand and Water

From the Director:

Throughout the day, children make self-directed and guided choices, participate in small groups and projects, join in very brief circle times with the whole group, and reflect upon and document their learning experiences in developmentally appropriate modes. Children are guided to critical learning experiences that form the building blocks of healthy development. Manipulative include, blocks (building), sorting, lacing, fine motor skills (carpenter), and sensory (feel).

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children all grow and learn at their own pace. Beginner Steps Daycare has a curriculum that can be used differently with each child dependent on their age and their learning. Although Beginner Steps Daycare has different ages in attendance the schedule is geared towards the age of the child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission


Social, Intellectual, Emotional, Physical Development

A Typical Day

Each day will have the same schedule in the morning so that the weather and day of the week is incorporated. As well as which of the shapes, colors, and letters will be taught throughout the next 2 weeks.

Themes will be used throughout the year such as rhyming themes, friendship themes, music themes, so forth. A music teacher will be teaching the children instruments (made within) and songs bi-monthly.

Each child will bring home a weekly folder of all work and dependent on the age comments from the teacher.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

All activities throughout the day is reported back to the parents through a "What I did Today" sheet. Including all meals, snacks, learning, arts and crafts, and behaviors. It is the hope of Beginner Steps Daycare for the parents and daycare to work together whenever needed for the child.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

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

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

There is an open door policy at Beginner Steps Daycare. It is up to each set of parents if they would like to take smaller steps the first week of attendance.