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Vanderbilt Hospital Child Care Center

2140 Belcourt Avenue
Nashville, TN 37232-8185

(615) 936-1990


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Vanderbilt Child Care Center is based on the child development model
which incorporates the theories of Piaget, Montessori, Erikson, and others.
Learning through play is viewed as the cornerstone of the curriculum. Adults
provide protection, security, stimulation, support, limits, and affection. Children
are respected as individuals within a child-oriented rather than teacher-directed
At the Vanderbilt Child Care Center, children are given the opportunity to
explore materials and participate in a variety of experiences. Activities are
carefully planned and implemented in an open-classroom setting. Children are
free to choose from age-appropriate activities including art, music, language
development, pre-math skills, science and nature, and dramatic play. Children
develop self-esteem, independence and problem-solving skills as they make
choices and assist in planning the environment and the activities.
Our primary goal is for children to feel safe and secure. Prior to being
independent a child must know that he or she can depend on adults and a
predictable environment. Children are treated with respect and kindness. We
recognize that children develop at different rates and have different interest.
Small group size and appropriate teacher-child ratios allow for meeting the
individual needs of each child."
Excerpted from the preschool's website