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Harbour Tugboats Daycare

2801 Virginia Beach Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

(757) 962-8440


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"In an increasingly detached society, the need for quality Christian childcare in pre-schools has become a critical issue.
Children need to be loved unconditionally. They learn more, behave better, and have a higher self-esteem when they are in a stable and caring atmosphere. We believe that self-esteem is the critical component to optimal growth in young children. In order for a child to develop high self-esteem, we focus on developing the socialization and self-help skills needed to succeed in all areas of development, spirit, soul, and body.
Education and early identification of talents and giftings is so vitally important. We teach children through the use of Developmentally Appropriate Theme Based curriculum. Not only are the children at Harbour TugBoats given the opportunity to explore, experiment and create in a safe and nurturing environment, they are exposed to children of different cultures, economic, and ethnical backgrounds. To enhance learning in our program, we incorporate multi-cultural activities.
Our goal is not only to teach the preschool principles such as colors, numbers, shapes, and letters, but also to demonstrate to children the love of Jesus Christ and to build their relationship with Him through daily Bible lessons and prayer.
Our purpose is to train, prepare and equip our children in spiritual, academic and physical excellence for the purpose of fulfilling the Lord's great commission to win the lost.
Our objective at Harbour Tugboats ChildCare is to do God's will in nurturing and educating children in a Christ-like manner.
Harbour Tugboats is distinctly Biblical in our foundational beliefs; however, all children are welcome and in no way will they be pressured to deviate from the particular doctrines of their local church. Teachers, however, will not be hindered from expressing the Judeo-Christian viewpoint.
All children enrolled in this facility are nurtured with love and respect and provided with the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of activities. Our most fundamental objective is to provide for your child a safe, wholesome and loving environment, in which each child will know that they are loved, valued and wanted, first by the Lord, second, by their family, and third, by their teachers and friends at Harbour Tugboats.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:00 AM
Open Procedures: Teacher Preparation/ Planning

7:30 AM
Arrival/Attendance Sign-in/ Health Screening/Bathroom
Brush Teeth/Quiet Reading

8:00 AM Breakfast
Children wash their face and hands and brush their teeth after breakfast.
8:30 AM Quiet Activities
Children explore the various enrichment centers offered in their classroom.

9:15 AM Bathroom
Children practice proper hygiene, handwashing.

9:30 AM Bible Story Circle
Pledge, Praise & Prayer. Children gain practice in listening skills and increasing attention span ,sing songs, learn fingerplays, Sign-Language, and participate in flannel board activities.

9:45 AM Drink/Snack
Toddlers sit at a child sized table and gain practice in eye-hand coordination and self-help skills through drinking from cups and feeding self.

10:00 AM Outdoor Play
Children gain practice in large motor activities through running and climbing outside. Children play inside at centers if the weather is not conducive for outdoor activities.

10:30 AM Class Time
Colors; Shapes; Animals
Children participate in a teacher directed writing, language, and math or science project geared towards problem solving or deductive reasoning. Children sing songs; participate in a learning activity, group games, and practice counting & language skills: Sign Language, Spanish

11:45 AM Wash Hands/Prayer

12:00 PM Lunch
Lunch is served in "family style." Children practice good table manners, and naming, passing and serving food. Children also learn what is considered appropriate and inappropriate table discussions. Daily clean-up is assigned and responsibilities shared for keeping our lunch area neat and clean. Recycling of paper and plastics teaches conservation of our resources for a better environment.

12:30 PM Bathroom/Rest Time
Brush Teeth/Quiet Reading: Children wash their face and hands and brush their teeth after lunch. Set Up Mats: Children set out their own mats and blankets from home. Children not needing rest are offered quiet activities to do during this time.

2:00 PM Individual Time
As children awaken, they are given quiet activities to do, or listen to stories. They may choose stories from the bookshelf that they wish the teacher to read. They may freely choose activities to explore.

2:30 PM Alternate
Enrichment Centers
Music/Computer/Spanish/Sign Language/Drama

3:00 PM Bathroom/ Snack
Children may eat snacks anytime during this time period. A number sign is set up to tell them how many crackers, muffins, fruits or veggies they may take. They may pour their own beverage from a child-size pitcher. Children are encouraged to be independent and practice self-help skills.

3:30 PM Outdoor Play
Children focus on large muscle and social skills. The concept of "taking turns" is practiced

4:30 PM Debriefing: memory skills, review

5:00-6:00 Free Choice Enrichment Centers/Departure
6:00-6:30 Departure: Parental sign-out/Teacher Planning & Preparation/Close Procedures
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school