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Seton Hill Child Services Inc

320 North 7th Street
Jeannette, PA 15644

Phone:
(724) 836-0099

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Seton Hill Child Services exists as a support service to families with young children in Westmoreland County. We believe that the family is the foundation unit of a healthy, happy society. Parents are and should always remain the primary caregivers and educators of their children. Families with a single parent who must work are strengthened when the parent has the freedom and opportunity to become employed or to take up training which will lead to future employment. Families in which parents choose to work in order to maintain marketable skills, maintain a desired level of economic security, or fulfill personal goals are similarly strengthened by parents having the opportunity to work.

A quality group experience in a loving, accepting environment enhances the development of most children emotionally, socially, cognitively, and physically. The bond between child and parent is often strengthened by the presence of a secondary caregiver. Time the working parent can spend with the child, when treated as quality time, is sufficient to satisfy the nurturing needs most children require of their parents. Health, safety, nutrition, self help skills, education, parent involvement, and the availability of social services are all essential aspects of a quality childcare program.
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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"6:30AM-8:15AM = Arrival Routine
Welcome, Daily Health Check, Two Learning Stations Open, Fine/Small Motor Activities.

8:15AM-9:00AM = Family-Style Breakfast Routine
Welcome, Daily Health Check, Two Learning Stations Open, Fine/Small Motor Activities.

9:00AM-9:20AM = Welcome/Large Group/Music
Good Morning, Good Morning Song, Who’s Here Today, Helpers for the Week, Calendar, News of the Day, Songs/Fingerplays Related to the Theme.

9:20AM-9:40AM = Gross Motor Activity
Planned Gross Motor Activity - Different Everyday, Exercise or Breathing Exercises to Oxygenate (Jumping Jacks, Thematic Walk, Skipping, Hopscotch).

9:40AM-10:15AM = Small Group Activities
Thematic Lesson Based on the Needs of the Group - Pertaining to a theme with weekly social skills, health and safety, nutrition, peacemaking, math, and science lessons.

10:15AM-10:30AM = Family-Style Snack
This may be prepared by the food manager but may also be prepared by the children.

10:30AM-10:50AM = Gross Motor Activity
Planned Gross Motor Activity, Preferably Outdoors - Different Everyday, Focused Walk, Duck/Duck/Goose, Relay Races, etc.

10:50AM-11:00AM = Transition Activity
Song, Poem, Activities Suggested byCore Curriculum.

11:00AM-11:20AM = Children’s Work Time
The child selects an area where s/he wants to work

lay for a period of time. This activity is journaled/documented in some way, and there is a system in place to enhance children’s independence as they move from area to area (tags, cards, slots).

11:20AM-11:40AM = Art Activity
Reinforcement of the Thematic Lesson.

11:40AM-12:00PM = Story Time
Reading of a Book Related to the Theme.

12:00PM-1:00PM = Family-Style Lunch Routine
Lunch Preparation, Wash Hands, Set Tables, Conversation Between Children and Staff, Talk About the Theme, Clear Tables, Brush Teeth, Toilet, Wash Hands.

1:00PM-1:30PM = Story Time Review/Music
This will serve as a review of the story read before lunch. The story may be acted out, or re-told with flannelboards, puppets, or fingerplays. Music will also be involved to relate to the theme.

1:30PM-3:00PM = Rest Time
Children must remain on their mats/cots for 30 minutes. Children who are still awake after this period may engage in a quiet activity on their mat/cot or in a small group when possible.

3:00PM-3:45PM = Children’s Work Time
The child selects an area where s/he wants to work

lay for a period of time. This activity is journaled/documented in some way, and there is a system in place to enhance children’s independence as they move from area to area (tags, cards, slots).

3:45PM-4:00PM = Family-Style Snack
This may be prepared by the food manager but may also be prepared by the children.

4:00PM-4:30PM = Gross Motor Activity
Planned Gross Motor Activity, Indoors or Outdoors.

4:30PM-5:10PM = Art Activity
This is a planned activity related to the theme but allows children to be creative and expressive in their choices.

5:10PM-5:30PM = Music
Favorite Songs, Thematic Songs, New Songs.

*** Some children attending the Quigley Center for Children may have a modified schedule:

(ALL OTHER ACTIVITIES AND TIME SLOTS REMAIN THE SAME AS INDICATED ABOVE)


12:00PM-12:30PM = Children’s Work Time
The child selects an area where s/he wants to work

lay for a period of time. This activity is journaled/documented in some way, and there is a system in place to enhance children’s independence as they move from area to area (tags, cards, slots).

12:30PM-1:00PM = Story Time Review/Music
This will serve as a review of the story read before lunch. The story may be acted out, or re-told with flannelboards, puppets, or fingerplays. Music will also be involved to relate to the theme.

1:00PM-1:45PM = Family-Style Lunch Routine
Lunch Preparations, Wash Hands, Set Tables, Conversation Between Children and Staff, Talk About the Theme, Clear Tables, Brush Teeth, Toilet, Wash Hands

1:45PM-3:00PM = Rest Time
Children must remain on their mats/cots for 30 minutes. Children who are still awake after this period may engage in a quiet activity on their mat/cot or in a small group.

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Excerpted from the preschool's website