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Melrose Day Care Center, Inc.

121 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

(781) 662-6539


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The goals of MELROSE DAYCARE CENTER, INC. are to provide a program to supplement the child's family life. This includes well-rounded, high-quality, comprehensive care to meet the needs of all infant/toddler, pre-school and pre-kindergarten children from a variety of backgrounds. We are committed to being more than a 'care-taking service' and have a deep concern for the total child. We provide a continuous learning experience designed to promote a child's physical, emotional, social and intellectual development.
Our program allows time and space for active and quiet learning

lay experiences, both indoors and outdoors, with the goal of instilling, within each child, a sense of individual worth. We foster in the child a sense of security, continuity, trust, autonomy, initiative, and pride. It is our goal to provide a safe, healthy, educational environment with an emphasis on helping the child to achieve self-discipline and to learn positive ways of expressing him/herself."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Younger Toddler
6:30-7:30 Combine with Pre-School
7:30-8:30 Combine with Infant Room, Breakfast served, Free Play
8:30-9:00 Free Play
9:00-9:45 Activity at table/sensory table

uzzles/books, etc./Free Play
9:30-9:50 Diaper changing/hand wash
9:45-10:00 Clean Up
10:00-10:15 Snack Time
10:15-11:30 Outside Time/Going for walks/Also, playing in the yard
**During inclement weather, an inside gross motor activity will be offered: tunnel, dancing, walks around inside of church,etc.
11:30-11:45 Clean up/Wash hands/One teacher prepares lunch while the other one helps children wash hands
11:45-12:15 Lunch Time
12:15-12:30 Finish Lunch/Diaper change/Wash hands/Begin nap
12:30-2:00 Nap or Quiet Time
2:00-2:30 Waking up/quiet activities
2:30-3:00 Diaper Changing/Wash hands
3:00-3:15 Snack Time/Clean up
3:15-3:45 Activities/sensory table

uzzles/or coloring, etc.
3:45-4:00 Clean Up Time
4:00-6:00 Outside Time/On rainy days or cold winter days, we may come in early for free play.
Older Toddler
6:30-7:30 Arrival time/Breakfast in pre-school
7:30-9:00 Breakfast & Free Play (Singing and Stories go on during this
time too.)
9:00-9:30 Free Play continues/Table activities introduced: Water


eg boards/stories, etc./Group time
9:30-10:15 Diaper Change/Toilet/Wash Hands/Art Activities/Special
Activities/(Singing and Stories go on during this time too.)
10:15-10:30 Wash Hands/Clean Up
10:30-10:45 Snack Time
10:45 - 11:30 Outdoor Time (In case of inclement weather gross motor activities will be done will be done.)
11:30-11:40 Diaper Change/Toilet/Wash Hands
11:40-12:00 Wash Hands/Lunch Time
12:00-12:30 Wash Hands/Diaper Change (if needed)
12:00-2:00 Rest Time
2:00-2:30 Quiet activities for those awake (books, puzzles)
2:30-3:00 Put nap things away. Diaper/Toilet/Wash Hands
3:00-3:15 Wash Hands/Snack Time
3:15-3:30 Singing, Stories, Free Play
3:30-4:00 Project Time
4:00-5:00 Outdoor Play or Teacher Directed Gross Motor Activity Inside
5:00-5:30 Free Play/Small Activities
5:30 - 6:00 Combine with Younger Toddler/Quiet Activities/Going Home
Older Pre-School - Younger Pre-K
6:30-8:45 Breakfast and Free Play
9:00-9:15 Clean Up
9:15-9:30 Circle/Story Time
9:30-10:15 Curriculum Time/Kid's Choice
10:15-10:30 Clean Up and Wash Hands
10:30-10:45 A.M. Snack
11:00-11:30 Outside Time
11:30-12:00 Wash Hands/Lunch
12:15-2:15 Rest Time
2:15-2:45 Wake Up and Read Books
2:45-3:00 Wash Hands and P.M. Snack
3:00-6:00 Outdoor Play/Indoor Free Play/ Indoor Quiet Activities/TableActivities/
Get Ready To Go Home
6:30-9:00 Arrival, Breakfast, and Free Play
9:00-9:15 Clean-up
9:15-10:15 Outside Time
10:15-10:30 Bathroom & Wash Up
10:30-10:45 Snack
10:45-11:30 Circle/Activities
11:30-12:15 Wash & Lunch
12:15-12:30 Bathroom/Story or Books
12:30-2:30 Nap or Rest
2:30-2:45 Wash & Snack
2:45-4:00 Free Play - child's choice
4:00-6:00 Outside Play (weather permitting) or Free Choice Activities
Part time preschool
9:00 - 9:15 Doors open. Children arrive, quiet activities.
9:15-9:30 Group Circle.
9:30-10:30 Activities and snack/clean up.
10:30-11:00 Outside.
11:00-11:15 Show & Tell/story time.
11:15-11:45 Open areas - music, computer, science, blocks/dramatic play.
11:45-12:30 Clean up, wash for lunch/lunch.
12:30-1:15 Outside.
1:15-1:30 Goodbye time
1:30 Dismissal"
Excerpted from the preschool's website