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Great Beginnings Child Development & Day Care Center

703 Rogers Street Northwest
Olympia, WA 98502

Phone:
(360) 352-7236

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Great Beginnings CD & DCC strives to promote a program for children that respects the needs and rights of children to make choices and work through decisions by empowering them to share in the responsibilities. This includes recognizing the nature of children's play as it affects learning in all curriculum areas. We value daily routines such as eating, toileting, washing and resting as opportunities for learning and social development and recognize the need for children to practice skills and consolidate their learning by providing opportunities for repetition of experiences and extensions of their ideas.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught MEDITATION YOGA SIGN LANGUAGE SOCIAL SKILLS MUSIC/DANCE ART MASTERS MUSIC MASTERS

From the Director:

Great Beginnings CD & DCC strives to promote a program for children that respects the needs and rights of children to make choices and work through decisions by empowering them to share in the responsibilities. This includes recognizing the nature of children's play as it affects learning in all curriculum areas. We value daily routines such as eating, toileting, washing and resting as opportunities for learning and social development and recognize the need for children to practice skills and consolidate their learning by providing opportunities for repetition of experiences and extensions of their ideas.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child has the opportunity to have individual, small group and large group activities throughout the day.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Supporting people in pursuit of their limitless abilities"
Great Beginnings CD & DCC is a program promoting Responsibility and Interdepence through Decision making Efforts allowing individuals the opportunity to work cooperatively within a climate free of bias

A Typical Day

7:00-8:20 Children arrive
8:20-8:45 Story circle, snack
8:45-9:00 Calendar activities
9:00-10:45 Group w/developmental activities
10:45-11:25 Outdoor time
11:25-12:45 Lunch, free choice
12:45-3:00 Rest time
3:00-3:15 Snack
3:15-3:45 Outdoor time
3:45-4:45 Group w/developmental activities
4:45-5:15 Quiet tables
5:15-6:00 Children are picked up

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Directors are always available to schedule a meeting with parent(s) on any issues regarding their child, a school policy, a staff member, etc. Supervisors in the classroom will provide the day to day communication with parents.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are welcome to stay with their child as long as they want to. When it is time for them to leave, a staff member will gladly take the child and transition them into the group setting. The child is always assured that the parent will be back to get them later in the day.