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Sarasota, FL 34240

(941) 907-8828


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

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
  • talking books, flash cards
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • flash cards, Math books, Math games
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
  • complete science
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music Lessons
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Extensive Art Program
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
  • 3 seperate playgrounds, Including a private water park.
Other subjects taught Sign Language, Spanish, Music Lessons, Science, Solar System, Extensive Art, Cooking, Computer Lessons, Photography,Gardening, Tap & Ballet, Drama, Musicals.

From the Director:

High Reach Learning along with our enrichment programs provide children with a well rounded learning environment.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All teachers are certified in teaching Early Education.
All staff members are trained in CPR and First Aide.
Teachers are enrolled in continuous educational classes.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

A Step Above Childcare believes strongly in enriching the lives of children. We believe that children should receive a wide variety of activities and learning experiences throughout the day. Small class sizes are apart of the schools learning environment.
This provides more one on one time with the child's teacher and offers a better learning environment.

A Typical Day

School opens at 7:30 a.m.
Children arrive to the sound of music and open center time. Followed by a morning snack and story time. Afterwards the children enjoy time out on the playgrounds. When they return they go into a world of learning Followed by lunch that is provided by the school.
A time for rest and classical music is a relaxing time for one and all. The afternoon features art projects open centers and fun times. Enrichment classes begin and children attend various programs such as Pre-Ballet, Tap Dance, Drama, Art, Musicals, Computer classes etc. At the end of the day children relax to a Walt Disney movie with popcorn to enjoy.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Children recieve report cards, annual summaries, progress notes, parent news letters, open house,
parent and teacher meetings, family days, cook outs and school get togethers.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • 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

We redirect the children's attention to an area of interest in the classroom.