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Mt. Vista Childcare

12518 306th Ave. E.
Buckley, WA 98321

(360) 829-6315


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

At Mt. Vista Childcare and Preschool we believe that children should enjoy learning and therefore our approach to instruction is play-based combined with teacher-led instruction. Teachers will provide instruction to children while also encouraging them to explore through play. We offer planned learning activities with weekly themes tailored to your child's needs.

Day in the Life

A Typical Day

Typical Daily Schedule:

6:00am Open, free play time
6:45-7:00am Prepare Breakfast, wash hands
7:00-7:30am Breakfast
7:30-7:40am Cleanup
7:40-9:00am Indoor free play time

Preschool Activities:
9:00-9:30am Circle time: story, songs, dramatic play, movement
9:30-9:40am Snack
9:40-10:15am Art, small motor development, pre-writing skills, number and letter concepts
10:15-10:45am Indoor creative play (such as puzzles, playdough, and drawing/coloring)
10:45-11:15am Outdoor play

11:15-11:25am Cleanup, wash hands
11:20-11:50am Lunch
11:50-12pm Cleanup
12:00-12:30om Quiet time video
12:30-3:00pm Nap time
3:00-3:15pm Cleanup
3:15-3:30pm Snack
3:30-5:00pm Outdoor free play
5:00-5:20pm Story time
5:20-5:30pm Help cleanup to go home

Home-School Connection

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on