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Westgate Children's Learning & Development Center

7450 Sandlake Commons Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819

Phone:
(407) 248-0129

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We believe that activites should be structured so that children develop a love of learning though hands-on play relating to the theme they are learning about.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child receives an assessment based on the milestones seen in other children the same age. Individual Learning Plans with specific goals are then worked on with that child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that each child begins to learn from the moment she or he enters the world and that each caregiver is a teacher to that child. We are committed to working with parents, the child's first teachers, through good communication and family support. From toileting to reading, we believe that physical, social, emotional and intellectual development are as important as academic development, and that children learn best when they are ready to learn, not pushed to learn.

Staff members work to understand children's ages and stages and share their understanding with parents. Westgate Children's Learning & Development Center uses a child sensitive approach to early childhood learning and teaching. We believe that academic skills and concepts are best learned through playful, adventurous activities that invite and hold children's attention and engage all their senses. Young children develop their imagination and thinking skills through block play, sand and water play, dramatic play, creative art and science activities. This imaginative process is celebrated and displayed, rather than with tidy, teacher controlled products.

We delight in children's voices and movements. Where safety limits are needed, staff guides children's behavior through positive directions and modeling. We listen to and respect children's feelings as we teach them constructive ways to work with those feelings. We encourage children's independence and active concern for others, helping children to build friendships and to learn to play and work well together.

The caregivers in our infant room impart trust and security through their loving touch and attention. The teachers in our toddler rooms provide a safe, exciting environment for curious and increasingly independent one and two year olds. The professionals in our preschool classes provide a wealth of hands-on learning experiences matched to the individual development and interests of our playful and engergetic three and four year olds.

A Typical Day

7:45 Outside Play

8:30 Snack

8:45 Potty Break

9:15 Group Learning Time

9:30 Music & Movement

Group A

9:45 Open Centers / Art
10:30 Outside Play

Group B

9:45 Outside Play

10:30 Open Centers / Art

11:15 Lunch

11:45 Potty Break

12:15 Quite Time

2:30 Waking up & Potty Break

3:00 Snack

3:15 Choice of Activities

4:05 Potty Break

4:30 Outside Play

5:15 Group Inside Activity

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers communicate with parents daily upon drop-off and pick-up, through daily "What I did today" notes, phone calls for new students, assessment results & progress reports.

Orientation about our center is given to each parent when they enroll their child and an open-house is offered to pre-kindergarten parents at the beginning of each school year.

We notifiy parents of community events by posting fliers.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

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

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our low group size and teacher to student ratio allows children with seperation anxiety to be given extra attention.