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Ooey Gooey Playschool

550 Latona Road Bldg E
Rochester, NY 14626

(585) 225-8830


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • 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
  • Manipulatives, tanagrams, blocks, games...
Time & space more

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  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • 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
  • exploring in the yard, discussions, experiments
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Singing, clapping, rhyming, parades, dancing...
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • easel always open, art opportunities provided inside and outside, all day, every day.
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

From the Director:

Opportunities are provided every day for children to create, move, sing, discuss, observe, read and play. Our teachers serve as facilitators in the space, creating an environment in the classroom that meets the needs of the current group.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We do not teach from a prescripted curriculum or syllabus. Teachers create lesson plans based on our 9 point philosophy statement, our 7 point curriculum outline and the children in the room. This creates the expectation for differentiated teaching, as teachers are planning based on the needs of the current children in the group.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The work of children is play. We believe it is the business of childcare professionals to understand how childrenâ??s play translates into their healthy physical, social-emotional and cognitive development. The Ooey Gooey® Playschools philosophy is play-based, hands-on and child-centered, which, in a nutshell, we define to reflect the following principles:

Principle 1: TIME

Children are provided with long periods of uninterrupted free time for exploration and interaction within their learning environment.

Principle 2: OUTDOORS

There is lots of outdoor play time. The outdoor environment is not considered a separate space, but instead is seen as an extension of the indoor space. It is understood that the outdoor environment is just as credible of a classroom as the one inside.

Principle 3: RULES

Children have the freedom to explore this environment with few restrictions. The Ooey Gooey® Playschools have one overarching rule: People are not for hurting. We are able to provide this level of freedom because�

Principle 4: THE SECRET

The secret to good teaching is learning how to control the environment, not the little people in it. The â??no-noâ??sâ?? have been removed. Consequently the child has freedom to explore within the environment that the adult has set up.


Teachers are serving as facilitators within this space, deepening the childâ??s investigations and providing activities and materials that reflect the needs and interests of the children in the room. Their role is much deeper than â??the keeper of keys to the cupboardâ??.


Teachers must be in the present moment and as such, be able to articulate their rationale for activities presented. Teachers are able to articulate WHY they do what they do, and these reasons go deeper than â??because itâ??s so cuteâ??.

Principle 7: THEORISTS

Teachers are committed to understanding the history and theory of child development and are aware of the professionals and researchers who have â??paved the wayâ?? for us in our commitment to a play based, hands-on, childcare environment.

Principle 8: KEEPING IT REAL

Children are provided with engaging experiences that are (literally) real. Children are provided with active, relevant, hands-in and hands-on investigations on a daily basis. We seek to activate the five senses each and every day â?? not just during â??My Five Sensesâ?? week. You will see children exploring real objects. Not coloring dittos of them.


This is our curriculum. Each day children are provided time to: create, move, sing, discuss, observe, read and play.

A Typical Day

A Sample Preschool Day:

6:30am Center play & Outside play

9:15am Music & Dance

9:45am Morning snack

10:15am Greeting time/Circle

10:45am Outside Transition & play

11:45am Lunch

12:30pm Transition to quiet time

1:15pm Quiet(nap) time/ quiet play

2:30pm Project/Center play

3:15pm Afternoon snack

3:30pm Outside play (choice)

5:30pm Center play in closing room

6:00pm Center closed

*This schedule is flexible to meet the needs of the children in the classroom.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We communicate with parents every day at pick up and drop off, as well as through journals and notes home. Classroom teachers are available to discuss specific concerns, and parent-teacher conferences are set up when requested.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage parents to bring their children along when taking a tour of our facility. Prior to a child's start date we offer a Meet & Greet and the child is able to spend some time in the new classroom with a parent present.