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Little Tots Day Nursery

36900 Mallory
Livonia, MI 48154

(734) 591-6440

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Reggio-Emilia

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers observe, document and dialogue daily on all children's development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We provide a loving, secure, educational environment for young children and their families. Our centers maintain a safe, age appropriate, supportive environment where children learn, explore, and experience the world. Our play based programs encourages the development of the whole child, promotes individuality, self-confidence, love of learning and respect for themselves and others.

A Typical Day

A typical day in our preschool classrooms includes Choice Time, for small group and independent play/work; Group Time, for large group play/work; and Outdoor Time, as well as time for meals and rest. Weekly themes, broken down into daily lesson plans center around developmentally appropriate activities in areas such as self-concept, motor skills, language/communication, logic/numbers/classification, self-help, safety, socialization and creativity. Academic skills are learned through hands-on activities and experiences, as well as during group time activities. Group times are child-centered, participatory sessions that include story- time, music, movement, fingerplays, discussions, calendar, and weather-related activities


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Personal orientations are provided for parents and children. Individual plans are made for each family to support the transition and encourage the home/school link.