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Gaetz Kiddie Kare

1227 4th Ave S
Saint Cloud, MN 56301

Phone:
(320) 253-1967

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe in the uniqueness of the individual child and the idea that the child will be a happy part of the group when he/she is happy with him/herself.

We convey tolerance with a loving and open atmosphere so the child will feel accepted and therefore can accept others.

We maintain that there are many different ways of doing things and promote an environment where individual rights are respected.

We seek to develop self-sufficiency in each child, encouraging the child to be responsible for him/herself according to his/her own abilities.

We encourage experimentation, creativity and ingenuity in play, art, music and movement.

We employ adults of diverse personalities, talents and interests so that the child learns to interact with varied individuals.

We not only consider our staff as teachers but that everyone and everything can teach, including the children themselves and the environment.

We consider all the needs of the child, including physical, emotional, intellectual and social, and work on special needs within any of these areas.

We maintain our program to meet all of the child�??s aforementioned needs through various

We seek close interaction with our families through phone calls, notes, monthly newsletters, greeting upon arrival and departure and bi-yearly conferences.

We extend the feeling of �??family�?? by grouping children according to individual needs and his/her compatibility in his/her small group rather than primarily by age.

We are constantly aware of how a child learns and employ methods to encourage the natural learning process.

A Typical Day

Toddler's Daily Schedule
(all times are approximate)


6:30 - 8:00 Arrival and morning free play

8:00 - 8:30 Clean up and prepare for breakfast

8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast

9:00 - 9:30 Diapering and potty training

9:30 - 10:00 Circle time -- stories, songs, art

10:00 - 11:00 Outside play and/or large motor activity

11:00 - 11:30 Diapering and potty training

11:30 - 11:45 Prepare for lunch, music and stories

11:45 - 12:15 Lunch

12:15 - 12:30 Lunch clean up

12:30 - 3:00 Naptime -- Diapering and potty training as they wake up

3:00 - 3:30 Afternoon snack

3:30 - 4:30 Variety of activities and outdoor play

4:30 - 5:00 Diapering and potty training

5:00 - 6:00 Evening free play until departure




Preschool's Daily Schedule
(all times are approximate)


6:30 - 8:00 Arrival and morning free play

8:00 - 8:30 Clean up and prepare for breakfast

8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast

9:00 - 9:30 Circle time, calendar, story, sharing (Show-n-Tell on Friday�??s)

9:30 - 11:30 Art and Cognitive Activities. Also group directed play and outside time.

11:30 - 11:45 Prepare for lunch

11:45 - 12:15 Lunch

12:15 - 12:30 Lunch clean up

12:30 - 3:00 Naptime. Also quiet reading and cognitive centers.

3:00 - 3:30 Afternoon snack

3:30 - 6:00 Afternoon free play and outside time until departure

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school