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Friends Of The Family Child Care Center

24-30 Hillside Ave
Metuchen, NJ 08840

(732) 248-4142


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A unique approach to childcare and preschool. We allow children to learn at their own pace and give them many areas of education to succeed!

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori

From the Director:

i love to introduce new ideas to children and run with it. i like them to be able to move around and touch and play with their learning materials. I love to see them get involved with the the topic. for the next 12years they will be sitting at desks i like to introduce subjects such as hibernation, solor system,and the body. i can go on forever but basically being able to light up a child's face tells me they are learning

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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
Other subjects taught In addition to our state authorized curriculum we also teach: dance, spanish, violin, and soccer. A child should have a well rounded education. Each special class will help with reading, math and science.

From the Director:

Our philosophy is through respect for the children and an exciting interesting curriculum all children are able to meet their potential.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

at this age no child is behind or ahead. they are developing at their own pace. we allow children to participate in all activities where they will have a lot of success, or where they use their growing skills to be built on their prior knowledge. Children participate as much as they are comforable with. they are never forced to reach a milestone based on their age only on their abilities to succeed and move on. different children excell in different areas. Everyone benefis from each others knowledge. It is cooperative learning style..

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Children develop at their own pace in their own time.
They need freedom of movement and mind to develop into confident, outgoing individuals. We group children not only by age but by developement and interests. All children graduate with a love of learning and with academic and emotional maturity.

A Typical Day

free play
Learning activities
outdoor play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

the director is available at opening or closing to speak with parents. we are in constant communication about their child, their progress and thier behavior. we communicate through verbal, paper, email and facebook. each parent has the owners home phone and cell phone so questions can be answered immediately. parents join students during the day for breakfast twice a year and for night time parties approximately 2-3 times a year. We work as partners in the develpment of the children

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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 is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

To prevent seperation issues a parent must feel totally comfortable with their choice for child care. A child will take their cues from the parents. if the parent is nervous and worried the child will sense this. The director makes the parent feel comfortable and at home and reassures the parent that they may call every 5 minutes after drop off.
we remind them that at drop off they should seem happy,and confident they have made the right choice. A staff member will take the child from the parent let them say their last good byes and than distract the child with activites. We ask that the parent leave quickly. A child usually calms down within 6 minutes.