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First Class Early Learning Center and Family Daycare

1475 Queenie Smith Rd NE
Conyers, GA 30012

Phone:
(770) 648-6813

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Reggio-Emilia

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At First Class ELC, we work to promote an environment where students have a genuine love for learning at all levels. They understand what is expected of them and are encouraged to excel. The spirit of our classroom fosters trust and respect, so our students feel comfortable enough to share their experiences and to participate in other class activities whether they are ahead, right on track or need extra attention. Students know that their ideas are respected, and it is our responsibility to foster this type of environment through our words and actions while administering differentiated instruction.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

When you walk into the First Class Early Learning Centers preschool classroom, you will find a large, colorful and inviting room divided into carefully planned interest areas. It is filled with a variety of learning materials for your child to explore, manipulate, play with and share. Our center is specifically designed to encourage your childs natural curiosity and innate desire to learn about their world. The centers reading resource and discovery areas are separated, yet very much a part of the preschool classroom. Parents will feel a sense of security and self-assurance just knowing that their child(ren) will be learning and growing in such a warm, nurturing and inclusive environment. We like to incorporate a sense of family and togetherness by encouraging the older children to positively influence the younger children. This philosophy fuels the preschoolers sense of self worth and responsibility, while creating a nurturing and trusting atmosphere for the toddlers.

First Class Early Learning Center uses a diverse learning program of integrated curriculums to implement lesson plans, daily activities and monthly assessments for infants, toddlers and preschoolers attending our program. Our early childhood environment is based on the principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practice. These principles focus on how children develop and learn, how the classroom should be arranged, and what materials should be provided for learning. They also focus on how the teacher should interact with and observe the children to enhance their daily experience. First Class ELC provides an exciting academic platform for thriving cognitive development and kindergarten readiness.

A Typical Day

7:00 - 7:30 a.m. Good Morning Hugs & Kisses

Daily separation rituals will be established and take place.

Children will arrive at staggered times and engage in free choice group play, interactive learning or a quiet individual activity

7:30 - 8:00 Breakfast/Happy Hygiene

Breakfast is served and the children wash their hands before and after, in addition to
helping to clean up their eating area

8:00 - 8:30 Movers & Shakers

Music and movement activities, including interactive song and dance, instrument education and drama/theater

8:30 - 9:00 Morning Lift Off (Circle Time)

Circle time activities consisting of attendance (name identification), calendar (days of week,
numbers, months), any news or special experiences the children wish to share and other foundation skills (abc's, colors, animals, shapes, body parts, etc.) and other curriculum
based activities

9:00 - 10:00 Daily Discoveries

Toddlers and preschoolers will select an activity from any of the learning centers: art,
imaginitive play, reading corner, science and discovery, puzzles and games, fine motor and
manipulatives or technology, while working together in groups

10:00 - 10:30 Artistic Avenues or Story Land

Various interactive artistic activities will be explored and demonstrated by using crayons,
markers, paste, paint, pencils and other related media to enhance fine motor skills and
encourage self-discovery through art and creativity

Children will be read a story, explore board books independently, enjoy finger plays and express creative literacy

10:30 - 11:30 Outdoor Adventures

Large gross motor and social skills will be developed while participating in (1) organized
activity and supervised free play outside (weather permitting)

11:30 - 12:00 Lunch/Happy Hygiene

Lunch is served and the children wash their hands before and after, in addition to helping to clean up their eating area

12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Interactive Learning or Story Land

Free and/or structured play encouraged by curriculum based interactive video and visual
programs

Children will be read a story, explore board books independently, enjoy finger plays and express creative literacy

12:30 - 3:00 Nap Time/Quiet Activities

Everyone has a rest period. Children who cannot sleep will rest quietly on their mat. If a child is not asleep after about 30 minutes, they are allowed to engage in a quiet activity (personal audio, reading, writing or individual puzzles/games)

3:00 - 3:30 Afternoon Snack/Happy Hygiene

Children participate in snack making before eating and wash their hands before and after,
in addition to helping to clean up their eating area

3:30 - 4:30 Daily Discoveries

Toddler and preschoolers will select an activity from any of the learning centers: art, imaginitive play, reading corner, science and disccovery, puzzles and games, fine motor and
manipulatives or technology, while working together in groups

4:30 - 5:00 Learning Landing

Circle time activities consisting of a daily review of what the children learned, music and
movement, group reading, finger plays and storytelling

5:00 - 5:30 Giggles & Goodbyes

Children will go home at staggering times

They will color, read, finish projects, engage in a technology activity or participate in
supervised outdoor play until departure


Thank you for showing an interest in our childcare program. I look forward to building healthy, positive and life enhancing relationships with you and your child.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Communication is very important to us. When we accept a new family into our business, we like to be sure that we can share openly any concerns or questions that may arise. It is important that there is a similar child care philosophy between us. First Class ELC provides daily reports, a monthly newsletter, parent education resources, quarterly assessments and seasonal family activities to our parents. We welcome questions, feedback, or discussions of any kind that are oriented towards a positive outcome for the child. Sensitive issues will be discussed in private outside of regular child care hours either by telephone or conference. Conferences will not be scheduled as a routine part of your child's care, however, should you like to have a conference, you may request one at any time.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Drop off and pick up times can be stressful for some children. In the morning they may not want to say good-bye to you and at pick up time they may not want to go because they are involved with a fun activity. This is a natural occurrence. To ease the situation, I encourage the parent to take a minute to help the child feel comfortable and to adjust by offering positive statements.

A parent who shows reluctance to depart only makes the transition harder for their child. The parent should never sneak out without saying "good-bye" to their child. A brief good-bye works best (no more than a couple of minutes). The longer you prolong the departure the harder it gets. Crying will usually stop a few minutes after the parent departs. It is important that you establish a consistent routine and stick with it. Please use your arrival time to reconnect with your child FIRST, and speak to me SECOND. Your child looks forward to your arrival as his/her time with you. Please do not disappoint him/her.