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growing By leaps and bounds

12 Saint marks road , burlington
Burlington, MA 01803

(781) 238-4443

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

curriculum is on-going throughout the day, however we do have a "core-curriculum" learning period in the morning hours of the program. Teachers focus on language arts, math, science, history, the arts, music and physical health and education/movement.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The teachers are all devoted to the education and love of each and every child. They hold your family values to their upmost potential while away from home. Teachers are an extension of your home-life. Safety is one of their main priorities.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Here at Leaps & Bounds we believe that each child should be given the opportunity, the
help, the knowledge and the love to reach for the stars. We will strive to fill their minds
with magic and wonder, awe and excitement, hopes and dreams. We will encourage the
children to have time for play that we feel is an essential part of the learning process.
Play and learning are inseparable companions. All this will be done in the safest of
havens with lots of laughter and warmth and an abundance of exuberance and serenity.
We will offer just the right mixture of freedom and restraint, nurturing and security, and
let’s not forget empowerment. And with that power, we will watch them soar! The
practices that we will use to sustain these dreams include:

• Teachers as advocates for the child and parents.
• Flexible schedules and routines.
• Personal rituals between child and teacher.
• Teaching practices tailored to the characteristics and needs of each child.
• Continuity of caregivers.
• Consistencies of care practices between home and school.

At Leaps & Bounds we believe that children are not the same, and each child deserves a
full range of developmentally appropriate experiences, free of stereotypes or limits based
on race, gender, or religion. Our program practices that promote individualized,
appropriate learning include:

• An emphasis on learning environments and child-choice curriculum.
• An emphasis on natural, authentic experiences and interactions.
• An environment rich in written and spoken language experiences.
• Generous allowances for child mobility, messy play, and challenge.
• Extensive use of the outdoors.
• Use of caring routines and times for play and learning.
• Exposure to cultural diversity via materials, interactions, and experiences.

Leaps & Bounds realizes that all families are not the same and for that reason our
program hours, services, and policies are designed to be flexible and responsive to
various needs. Our program practices include hours ( M – F, 7:00am – 6:00pm) and
services reflecting parents’ needs.

Leaps & Bounds respects and understand parents and is sensitive to family beliefs and
values. We recognize the need for a true partnership with parents and are responsive to
individual and collective parents’ needs, requests, and concerns about the care and
education of their children. Parents are encouraged to contribute, make suggestions, and
have influence over their children’s’ care. Program practices include:

• Teachers who are responsive to parents.
• Daily written and verbal communications.
• Regularly scheduled progress reports and parent conferences
• Monthly Newsletters

A Typical Day

7-930 drop off, free play, welcoming to school activities
930 snack
10 circle time
1030 projects, activities, music, science, math, art, history, language arts, one-on-one progress reports
1130 outside
1215 lunch
1-3 nap
3/330 snack
330 outside
415 projects, activities, music, science, math, art, history, language arts, one-on-one progress reports
515/530 free play, pick up, closing day activities
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Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have an open door policy, please call or visit whenever you'd like. We provide daily feedback through written notes, journals, daily logs, and face to face meetings.
GBLB has extensive progress reports. We hold meetings every time a progress report is handed out.
We have several parent/child/teacher after school opportunities for community growth with entertainment!

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
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage parents to help their child feel comfortable at drop off by staying a few extra minutes to a half hour or longer at the beginning of your enrollment with us. This philosophy doesn't always work for all families, and a faster approach of "drop off and go" works for you and your child. However, please know that we encourage families to take the time they feel they need in order to be comfortable on all levels when leaving.