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491 S Harmony Rd
Newark, DE 19713-3336

(302) 292-3529


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The Tutor Time curriculum was designed by early childhood specialists and national experts to set each child on a path of life-long learning. Grounded in the latest research and understanding of early childhood education, Tutor Time nurtures and educates the whole child - cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally. The principles of Tutor Time LifeSmart curriculum follows the guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The curriculum is based on the work of respected child development/earlhy education theorits Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson and Lev Vygotsky and is inspired by Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences. Word Smart, Math Smart, Body Smart, Design Smart, Music Smart, Nature Smart, People Smart and Me Smart.

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
  • Book making material, puzzels, word games, writing journals, phonics books, listenting centers, books and magazines.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Measuring materials, sorting activities, number puzzles, number and memory games, magnets and boards, writting materials, books and a number of math manipulatives
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Teacher enhancements, trucks, floor puzzles, water, sand and bead blocks, pretend people and animals
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
  • Light table for light exploration, sensory table for varies sensory items, natural materials from our environment, lots of plants and flowers, feely boxes and bags, smelly cups, books, puzzles and science games.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Movement activities such as dancing scarves, dancing sticks, bean bags, twister, balls, cd players for dancing to children's favorite music, recorders.
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

From the Director:

At Tutor Time, we give children the tools they need to learn and grow into good students, good friends and good members of sociaty. Our program is build around activities that encourage exploration, investigation, proglem solving and discovery-to foster the curiousity and enthusiasm in every child. It's an education and experience you won't find anywhere else.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We use individualized teaching in our classroom. Each child has a portfolio and an ability profile which lists all areas of development and "typical" standards. Teachers meet with parents regulary during drop off and pick up, phone conversations and through formal confernces. If necessary we will help parent attain any resources they may need to help their child reach their fullest potential.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We, the Tutor Time team members, believe the single most important element of our business is our customersâ?¦ Therefore, we will be customer focused in everything we do. To be truly successful, our goal must go beyond merely satisfying the customer. We must delight our customer every day and exceed their expectations. We must provide an unparalleled child care experience that result in customer loyalty.

We will always treat the customer the way we would like to be treated ourselves. Our customersâ?? children will be treated the way we would want our own children treated. We will use every interaction with our customers as an opportunity to demonstrate how much we care. Through our actions, our facilities, our programs, and our spirit we will show customers why Tutor Time is the BEST!

By continuously operating in accordance with this philosophy, we will generate more referrals, achieve our revenue and profit goals, and create exceptional customer loyalty.

We will continue to develop innovative sollutions which enable us to grow the number of children and families served and to be recognized as a high qualithy, educational child care center and school. Through our leadership and passion we will provide a secure, caring and enriched environment that promotes learning and the development of the WHOLE child.

We will grow our values of honesty, trust, passion for excellence, love of learning and innovations.

We will develop lifelong relationships, create family solutions, and enhance the quality of life for our families.

We will provide a fun, challenging work environment that fosters teamwork, inspires professional excellence, and encourages contribution by all team members.

We will leverage technology to develop innovative solutions.

We will provide superior levels of support and servce to our families and employees.

A Typical Day

A Day in the life...

Learning Centers - As children arrive, they are free to explore a number of learning centers. Sign-in Please is part of this time.

AM Circle Time - This first Circle Time of the morning focuses on one of the "Smarts"

Active Investigation Time - Children have the opportunity to explore and interact with materials in the learning centers. During this time Children have self-directed experiences, teachers work with chilfen to write in their journals, and teachers lead small group learning activities with children.

Playground - An important component of our Firness for Life program, children have the opportunity to exercie and develop their large muscles.

Village - Children extend the learning that happens in the classroom. This indoor playground is an excellent area for dramatic play and imagination at work.

AM Circle Time 2 - This second Circle Time of the morning focuses on the special program features offered by Tutor Time.

Lunch and Quiet Time


PM Circle Time - This Circle Time, called Sharing Our Stories, is a special opportunity for storytelling and reading aloud with children.

PM Playground and/or Active Investigatin Time

Music and Movement - Children and teachers have the opportunity to share the joys of music and dance through signing or dancing to favorite songs.

As the day draws to a close, the children can play with friends, toys, games, books and materials as they wait for parents to pick up.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

In order to effectively care for and educate young children, teachers must build strong partnerships with families. An important part of this partnership is communication between teachers and families. In our school, we keep families informed about their children's school experiences by posting lesson plans, by sending hom children's LifeSmart Journals monthly, by regularly sending home copies of children's completed Ability Profiles and through the daily Link form which quickly captures the most important information families may need to know.

We offer annual Open Houses, Meet the Teacher nights, parent-teacher meetings, we provide annual parent education classes, and offer materials for community services. We also host family events with our PTO like dinners at school, dances, hay rides, movie night and a host of other activities parents might like to participate in.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Seperation anxiety is normal. It is typically a sign that a child has developed healthy connections to their loved ones. A child may be clingy, cry, or have a temer tantrum when their parent leaves. On occasion, a child may begin to cry when their parent returns. They are remembering how they felt when their parent left.

We have many ways to support a child during periods of separation anxiety:
-Displaying photos of the children's family
-Allow children to brin in a special item
-Allow ample time for a child and their family to adjust.
-Sympathize with the child's distress and be there for big hugs.
-Take time to talk about the positive experiences of school.
-Encourage parents to develop a goodbye routine.
-Provide consistency with classroom routines.