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Canterbury Children's Center

5 Bryant Street
Wakefield, MA 01880

(781) 245-9636


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We are a hands on play based school.

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
  • each class has a writing center
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • each classroom has a math and small manipulative center
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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • formal music program provided at no addeito
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • each classroom has a dedicated art area, opportunities each day for expressive arts
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
  • aerobics class is provided twice per month
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Scheduled times during the day are open and offer unstructured choices for the children. Other times during the day the children may choose centers that will often include small group time with one teacher.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our goal is to create a developmentally appropriate program, which meets the individual needs of each child as well as those of the group.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The philosopy of the center is to provide quality childcare in a nurturing environment that helps foster the growth and development of children. We believe that children learn best through play and hands on experiences. We offer a well balanced approach meeting the social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs of the children in our care.

A Typical Day

Typical Preschool morning: 8:30-11:30
8:30 Arrival
8:30-9:15 Free Choice Time
9:15-9:30 Morning Meeting
9:30-10:00 Snack
10:00-10:30 Outdoor Play or Indoor Gym
10:30-11:20 Centers
11:20-11:30 Wrap up/Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Twice per year the center uses a formal evaluation tool. Teachers meet with parents as needed and for Parent/Teacher conferences. The school send home a Daily Sheet with each child every day. The sheet includes information about their day. The school distributes both a monthly calendar and newsletter. Teachers send home newsletters that pertain to their own class. There are parent information boards located in the school. We offer a new parent orientation and a parent handbook. The center uses email often to communicate with families. We are affiliated with the North Sububan Child and Family Resouce Network which provides training opportunities and resources for parents.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parent are encouraged to attend the new parent orientation prior to the start of the school year. The Director spends time going over seperation issues and strategies for parents. At the beginning of the school year the center is staffed with additional teachers to help with seperation issues. The Director is available to parents with questions or suggestions.