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Willow Path Childcare

19 VFW Parkway
Roslindale, MA 02131

(617) 325-4300


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that mixed age groups allow children to learn at their own pace while providing the younger children in the group with positive role models. The older children in the group are given the opportunity to feel successful and self confident because of their greater maturity and competence. We believe that the work of a preschool child is his or her play. Play serves as a vehicle for learning. Through a variety of play situations, we provide a setting that will: - Develop social skills and provide opportunities for children to make friends. - Build self-esteem and self-confidence and encourage independence. - Allow children to develop a sense of self and awareness of the world around them. - Provide opportunities to be part of a group, to compromise, to share, to lead and to follow. - Stimulate cognitive development, curiosity, and a desire to learn. - Encourage exploration, discovery, creativity, and a desire to learn. - Increase language, listening, and attention skills. - Promote growth and learning in a warm and nurturing environment. - Help children to be a caring, accepting friend to others and to accept others' differences.

A Typical Day

7:00-9:30 Arrival/morning snack/open area table top choices 9:30-9:50 Small group play or activity (gross motor room, art room, or library)/bathroom 9:50-10:00 Clean Up 10:30-11:00 Small group activity 11:00 - 11:10 Clean Up/Five minute book transition 11:15-12:00 Outside Play 12:00 - 12:30 Lunch 12:30 -1:00 Clean Up/Bathroom/story 1:00 - 3:00 Rest Time 3:00 - 3:45 Snack/bathroom/journals 3:45 - 4:30 Outside 4:35 - 4:45 Afternoon Circle 4:45 - 5:15 Open Areas/table top choices 5:15 - 5:45 Gross Motor Room 5:45 - 6:00 Quiet Choices/departure

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

- daily notes - weekly journals - dev. profiles 2 x year - open houses 2 x year - monthly potluck dinner (whole center)

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
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director