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Oyster Babies Early Childhood Center and Preschool

15 Shore Ave
Oyster Bay, NY 11771-1401

(516) 922-1049


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Reggio-Emilia

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Oyster babies Early Childhood Center is dedicated to providing safe, nurturing, quality childcare in an environment that fosters physical, emotional and intellectual growth. While we are a full-time child care center, be assured that each class has a planned curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for the age of its students.
The Oyster babies approach to educating young children is based on the Developmental-Interaction Approach contrived by the Bank Street College of Education, a renowned graduate school for early childhood educators, founded by Lucy Sprague Mitchell.
The basic premise of this philosophy is divided into two parts :
To recognize that children do go through specific stages of development, as based upon Erickson and Piaget; and,
To understand that the interactions, or experiences we have as individuals, effect and shape each stage of our development.
Therefore, the Oyster babies curriculum is designed around the individual students, as well as the whole class. The children's personalities, interests and experiences are all collaborated when lessons are being planned.
Young Children Learn Best through Play... "Is this really true?" Although it may be difficult for parents to break away from the "drill and practice" teaching methods of the past, young children learn more when allowed to move at their own pace in a relaxed environment. Children playing blocks in the "block area" of the classroom are actually developing numerous skills, such as, language development, social skills, problem solving, mathematics (numbers, colors, shapes), etc.
It's the Process, Not the Product... This is the main principle of our approach to art and all forms of expression. Being creative is a way of expressing ones self feelings, ideas and emotions; therefore, it has to come from the individual and not the teacher's directive. At Oyster babies we focus on the experience of working with materials, not the finished product.
"Do You Teach Reading and Writing?"... Absolutely! Oyster babies strives to create a language-rich environment in each of our classrooms. We do not instruct the whole class to trace letters, as this is inappropriate for preschoolers; however, the children are exposed to reading and writing all day, every day. Through story-telling, dictation, experience charts, writing in journals, songs, circle time and many other activities, we foster a love for reading and writing."
Excerpted from the preschool's website