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Westshore Childcare Center

20401 Hilliard Blvd.
Rocky River, OH 44116

(440) 333-2040


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We believe that children learn through play but we also have times throughout the day where there are teacher directed activities. The children will work in small groups and in large groups for their teacher directed activities.

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
  • manipulatives
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • 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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • tape player/cd player
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 Our center's curriculm is aligned with the Ohio Early Learning Content Standards.

From the Director:

We do believe that children learn through play and many times they are learning the above skills through their play but we also have teacher directed activities that enhance their skills during large group and small group activities.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Wheb a teacher identifies a child who is need of extra attention, whether it be for someone who is lacking in skills or excelling, they will work with that child individually or in small groups with other children with similar needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

West Shore Child Care Center provides nuturing early care and education in a responsive, caring enviroment for children. Our curriculum helps children master age-appropiate tasks at each stage of individual development. Our program helps develop the children's social,emotional, physical, cognitive and creative skills. Our center has received a One-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Servies-Bureau of Child Care and Development. We provide a higher standard of care that exceeds Ohio's licensing standards. This translates to more teachers, a greater commitment to in-service training and a more nurturing environment to for children to grow and develop.

A Typical Day

Arrival time is bewteen 6:30am to 9:00am. From there they will progress to a large group activity like circle time which can include story, calendar or singing songs. There will be a teacher directed activity(small group activity), 'work time'(child initiated activities), snack, outside time and another large group activity. Lunch begins around noon time and then followed by rest time. The afternoon will be similiar to the morning.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The teachers have conferences with the parents once to twice a year. Usually in the fall and in the late spring. The parent may request a conference at any time and the staff may also request one if there is an issue that needs to be discussd. The staff has a checklist of developmental goals that they complete for each child.We will speak with the parent on any concerns they may have about sending their child to kindergarten but we do not advise them on which school to send them to.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We like the student to visit at least once before their first day so they can be alittle familiar with the environment. The parent is allowed to stay for a short time if the child is having a difficult time separating. We will engage the child in activities to help with the separation anxiety. We also have the children make a fmaily collage so they have something they can look at to help comfort them if they need it. We like to have the family complete it either before their first day or within the first month of care.