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First Step Day Care Ctr

317 Washington St
Watertown, NY 13601-3744

(315) 788-5437


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The world of tomorrow depends on the children of today. Therefore, it is essential that the children develop their own unique combination of traits, skills and abilities. The environment in which children live can stimulate or stunt that potential. Consequently, it is important to provide an enriching, caring, and developmentally appropriate setting for all children.

First Step Day Care is committed to the following goals for the children:
Developing a positive self-concept.
Developing a sense of curiosity, creativity and imagination.
Developing the ability to interact with others in a mutually trusting and respectful way.
Acquiring knowledge and understanding of the world.
Using language to communicate effectively and to facilitate learning and thinking.
Acquiring basic physical skills…both gross motor and fine motor skills.
Developing an awareness of good health/safety practices and procedures.
To accomplish these goals it is critical that the teachers work closely and cooperatively with parents to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment that will foster cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

7:30 Greeting/Children's Choice/Health Checks
8:30 Handwashing and Breakfast
9:00 Teethbrushing/Diapering/Toileting/Discovery Time
9:30 Circle Time/Dancing-Music and Movement
9:45 Art
10:00 Snack
10:15 Large Muscle/Outside
11:00 Diapering/Toileting (if needed)
11:30 Handwashing/Lunch
11:45 Clean Up/Cots/TeethBrushing/Quiet Book Time
12:30 Naptime
3:15 Snack
3:30 Diapering/Sand and Water tables/Discovery time
4:00 Large Muscle/Outside
5:00 Farewells/Clean Up/Closing Time/Free Choice
7:30-8:30 Arrivals, Greetings, Health Assessment, One on One Time, Free Play
8:30-9:00 Breakfast, Cleanup
9:00-9:30 Diapers, Songs and Dance, Free Play
9:30-10:30 Circle Time/Books, Creative Art, Sand/ Water Table
10:30-11:15 Large Muscle (Outdoors or Climber, Bikes)
11:15-11:30 Diapers, Outdoor Cleanup
11:30-12:00 Lunch, Cleanup, Teeth Brushing
12:00-12:30 Quiet Activity, Diaper Check, Free Play
12:30-3:00 Nap Time, Soft Music
3:00-3:30 Snack, Wake Up, Diaper Change
3:30-4:00 Water/Sand Table, Messy Area, Free Play
4:00-5:00 Large Muscle (Outdoors or Climber, Bikes)
5:00-5:30 Free Play, Diaper Check, Farewells
7:30 First Step Daycare Opens for a new day
Arrivals/Free Choice
8:30 Clean Up/Prepare for Circle Time
8:40 Circle Time
Look Who Came to School Today
Prepare Breakfast/Wash Hands

9:00 Breakfast/Cleanup
9:30 Centers
10:30 Clean Up/Bathroom/Wash Hands
10:45 Outdoor Play/Indoor Gross Motor
11:30 Clean Up
11:40 Circle Time
Prepare for Lunch/Wash Hands

12:00 Lunch
12:30 Clean Up/Toothbrushing/Bathroom/Quiet Times
1:00 Nap/Rest Time
3:00 Prepare for Snack/Bathroom/Wash Hands
3:15 Snack
4:15 Outdoor Play/Indoor Gross Motor
5:00 Clean Up/Table Games/Farewells
5:30 First Step Daycare Closes
Excerpted from the preschool's website