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Physical address: 1314 Exposition Blvd. Austin, TX 78703 Mailing address: P.O. Box 50198 Austin, TX 78763
Austin, TX 78703

(512) 473-2528


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Age appropriate skills and concepts form the core of our curriculum. Opportunities for practice of these skills and understanding of these concepts are planned by Lead Teachers within a 'unit' theme chosen for its interest to the children or current events. These hands-on activities enhance growth and development in social, emotional, physical and cognitive areas.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We keep a very low child to staff ratio (5:1) in all of our classrooms so that we may adequately and effectively attend to all children regardless of their needs. Children are given assistance when it is needed but encouraged to reach within their 'zone of proximal development'. Children that are 'excelling' are normally placed in an age-group in which we feel is not only intellectually stimulating but also one that they are emotionally and physically mature enough to handle. All children are 'different' and their uniqueness should be embraced and nurtured. We will invite parents to participate in a parent conference to discuss any of the above situations if deemed necessary. A parent or a teacher may request a conference any time they feel a need arises.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our objective is to provide your child with the very best care and stimulating environment possible. Our program is designed to foster social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth; helping children aquire an understanding of self and others in an atmosphere of warmth, personal respect, individuality and positive support. We also seek to: * Help each child develop a positive self-image. * Help children learn to be responsible for their own actions. * Provide an early childhood resource to parents.

A Typical Day

Our program runs daily from 9 am to 1 pm. Upon arrival, children have 30 min. free-play/center time within their respective classrooms. At 9:30 am each classroom trasitions out to begin their day. Some classes go to the playground, while others have their morning snack. After this activity, most classes will have art and circle-time activities. Children are then off to gymnastics for approx. 45 min. After gymnastics, children return to their classrooms for lunch. As children finish their lunch they are able to free-play until everyone is finished eating and then we finish the day with singing and story-time. *We do have a 'Late Stay Option' in which some children stay until 1:30 pm.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Developmental Mornings strives to assist parents in understanding the developmental stages their children experience, enabling them to contribute most effectively to the child's growth and enrichment. Parents are encouraged to visit WAYA and observe how their child interects with staff and other children. Brief conversations with teachers are always welcome, while longer discussions should be arranged by appointment. Parents are ALWAYS welcome at WAYA - drop by at your convenience! Parents may look at young children's learning from different perspectives, but they share a common goal: making sure their children receive the best possible education. Mutual respect and communication between programs and families takes advantage of both perspectives to provide children with a kind of care and education that will help them thrive. Today's family members are caregivers have many responsibilities and time constraints. It takes extra effort on both sides to build strong partnerships but we make it a priority.Our programs end at age 4 so most children go to another pre-school before entering kindergarten. Advice about pre-schools is given when requested.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

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

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

As previously mentioned, we keep a very low child to staff ratio so that children experiencing separation anxiety can be given the attention they need. We also provide parents with the following guildlines prior to their first day of school: To help achieve the goal of allowing your child to become independent, emotionally healthy and well adjusted, we recommend the following practices: *If possible, children should be walked in, not carried. *Present your child to the teacher upon arrival. The greeting between teacher and child is invaluable. Many things about the child's health and state of mind can be determined in that brief time, and nothing should interfere with it. The teacher will then help the child join the classroom activities. *Good-byes at school should be part of normal, everyday routine every child goes through. Separation should be sweet and brief, with reassurance about the planned pick-up time. *Parents should encourage children to make friends with the teachers and look forward to being at school without feeling guilt or disloyalty to a parent.