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Bambinos Child Care LLC

83 Pineland Drive, Suite 101
New Gloucester, ME 04260

(207) 688-8088


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

In designing our learning environment and curriculum for preschool, we reference the Maine Early Childhood Learning Guidelines, which were developed in response to President Bush's early-childhood initiative "Good Start, Grow Smart." The guidelines are geared to improving Maine's early-childhood programs and readying preschoolers for kindergarten and lifelong learning. We maintain a 1-to-10 caregiver-to-preschooler ratio. LEARNING AND EXPLORATION CENTERS We provide several learning centers with materials and activities to enhance your child's exploration in different areas: Dramatic Play Reading Large Motor Skills Fine Motor Skills Science Children have chances throughout the day to explore each area that interests them. Concepts to be explored within the centers include but are not limited to the following: Science Social Studies Creative Arts Personal and Social Development Early Language and Literacy Mathematics Health and Physical Education MORNING MEETING During Morning Meeting time, we talk about the calendar, the weather board, and weekly themes. We sing songs and read books, often pertaining to our theme. We share thoughts and ideas. We practice patience, good listening, and good manners. These meetings can be short or long, depending on the attention span of the group. With such a wide age range of children, we try to keep the younger children interested while keeping the older ones challenged. OUTDOOR EXPLORATION When we venture outdoors, whether to the playground or for an excursion around the Pineland Farms campus, we move our bodies walking, running, jumping, and climbing; we use our senses seeing planes fly overheard, listening to birds sing, feeling the wind on our faces, and smelling the freshness of the farm air; and we become familiar with our surrounding and all that nature has to offer. COMMUNICATION We do not lose sight of the fact that your child's first teacher is YOU! With that in mind, we consider ourselves partners with you in ensuring that your child's learning experience at Bambinos is positive and productive. We encourage you to keep the lines of communication open and touch base with us daily. We will also post daily happenings on the board along with reminders and special events. As always, please feel free to ask questions or express any issues or concerns you may have.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Bambinos provides high-quality, reliable, and affordable childcare services with a full array of learning opportunities to children in all age groups from 6 weeks to 12 years old.

Located on the Pineland Farms campus in New Gloucester, Maine, we serve families who live and work in the communities in and around Portland, Lewiston/Auburn, and Gray/New Gloucester.

We provide a place where your children can learn through activities and interaction with others in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment. Our professional childcare staff offers a full learning-based curriculum with the goal of preparing children for entering the educational system.

We are dedicated to building positive, long-term relationships with our customers, our community, and our environment. We hope youâ¿¿ll visit sometime for an informational visit. Just call or email us to schedule one.

A Typical Day

7:00 - 8:45
Welcome! Free-choice center exploration

Memorial School bus pick-up

Dunn School bus pick-up

9:00 - 9:10

9:10 - 9:30
Snack and potty

9:30 - 9:50
Morning meeting - songs, calendar, weather board, sharing time, stories

9:50 - 10:30
Art/Fine-motor activity

10:30 - 11:20
Outdoor/Gross-motor activity

11:20 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:15

12:15 - 12:30

12:30 - 12:45

12:45 - 2:45

2:45 - 3:30
Wake-up/Table activities

3:15 - 3:30
Bus drop-off

3:30 - 3:45

3:45 - 4:15
Snack and potty

4:15 - 5:30
Outdoor play/Free-choice center exploration


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Drop Off/Pick Up

Please accompany your child into the playroom after signing them in, and pick them up in the playroom before signing them out.

Authorized Parental Substitutes: Occasionally, you may need someone other than yourself to drop off or pick up your child. You must notify that person of the Arrival/Departure procedure, and you must notify Bambinos that a substitute will be there instead of you. Anyone taking your place for pick-up should be listed on your Registration form. If they are not, we require written authorization from you before we release your child. This is for the protection of your child and Bambinos.

Questions and Concerns: Though we are very open to any questions or concerns you may have about your child, drop-off and pick-up times are not the best times to discuss these concerns in depth. Instead, please feel free to phone us in the evenings when we are able to give you undivided attention.

Separation Anxiety: Some children have difficulty separating from parents in the morning or from Bambinos when it�??s time to go home. This is normal. Please be very brief (no more than five minutes) when departing. The longer you prolong departure, the harder it gets. A smile, a cheerful good-by kiss, and a reassuring word that you�??ll be back are all that is needed in the morning. Children nearly always get involved in activities as soon as their parents leave.

We recommend leaving your child with family photos or other familiar, comforting objects to help ease your child�??s anxieties, especially their first week.

Please do not leave without telling your child goodbye. Separation anxiety is often closely tied to fears of abandonment. It is important that they know you will return at a designated time. We do not suggest that you �??sneak out�?? �?? this will only add to your child�??s anxiety.

Boundaries Testing: Drop-off and pick-up times, when two different authority figures are present (the parent and Bambinos), are times when children will test to see which rules apply. During these times, we ask parents to back up Bambinos�?? rules; otherwise, we will correct misbehavior accordingly.

Safety: Please control your child during arrivals and departures. Please do not let your child leave Bambinos until you are leaving. Children are not permitted to go outside unattended.