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Needham Children's Center, Inc. (Great Plain Avenue)

858 Great Plain Avenue
Needham, MA 2492

(781) 449-4486


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • manipulatives, blocks of various shapes & sizes
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
  • magnets, sand & water tables
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • High Hanley comes monthly (professional musician)
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • easels
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
  • loft areas
Other subjects taught field trips; movement; optional gym, ballet and computers.

From the Director:

Our curriculum is developmentally appropriate. Each of the above components is included in both structured and free play situations daily, but we checked as indicated by your instructions.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We offer a quality program for children and their families which recognizes the holistic development of young children. We promote their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth and provide a stimulating environment with positive, nurturing care and a developmentally appropriate curriculum. The Center provides a variety of experiences and activities designed to encourage children to learn about themselves, their friends, and their surroundings. These include small and large group experiences, quiet times, and active play, as well as indoor and outdoor activities. Our outdoor play areas are spacious and designed with safety as a primary consideration. Our equipment is continually updated to meet the developmental needs of our children. It allows children to develop and test their skills with graduated challenges that are appropriate for our children's ages and stages. The playground's designs accommodate our children's needs for gross motor skill activity. Our commitment to good nutrition is reflected in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks served to the children; fruit, vegetables, cheese and 100% fruit juice.

A Typical Day

7:30 -9:00 free play with choice areas 9:00 -9:30 snack 9:30 -10:30 outside 10:30 -11:00 circle 11:00 -12:00 activity 12:00-12:45 lunch 12:45-2:45 rest 2:45-3:15 snack 3:15-4:00 outside 4-5 activities 5-6 stories

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Progress reports 2 times per year. Daily notes infants through 3 year old class.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

works with families on an individual basis.