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Playful Hearts ChildCare, LLC

2361 W. Washington Street
West Bend, WI 53095

Phone:
(262) 338-0172

Website:

Our center is open non-traditional hours to better accomodate working parents schedules; 5:00am to Midnight. Our center is locally owned and operated, with owner working at center most days for more personalized care.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

We do not use any one set curriculum in teaching the children. Just as each child is different our teaching style for each child is different. Children are encouraged to learn with a harmonious balance of teacher directed and free play activities to allow them to explore the world around them from their own eyes, but further stimulated by the adult/teacher interactions.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught The children particpate in field trips both walking and transported to further their learning beyond the classroom setting.

From the Director:

Our curriculum and teaching of the children is based on a developmentally age appropriate curriculum, which means that while the center has a set curriculum it is modified to fit the needs and abilities of the particular age group.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our classrooms have assistants in the rooms that allows teachers or assistants to focus more on children who need additional help or need something a little more challenging to stimulate their minds. All children also have opportunities throughout the day for individulaized attention and learning as well.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our center offers the largest outdoor play space in West Bend with over 4000+ sq feet!! Transportation is provided to and from most local schools. Meals and snacks are included in our rates. We also offer low teacher to child ratios. We are conveniently located on HWY 33 near HWY 45 in the ReMax building.

A Typical Day

The children participate daily in a variety of activities to keep their minds constantly growing and learning whether through play based activities or through teacher directed activities. Arts and crafts supplement the learning. Outside play is enjoyed daily weather permitting.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents receive daily sheets specific to their child, newsletters covering the month ahead and the previous month in review are sent home, and conferences are scheduled as needed. We take the time each day to speak with the parents as the children arrive and depart to ensure we are providing care consistent with that at home. The lobby also displays a parent information bulletin board which offers additional communication with parents.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are welcome to come and stay as long as they like at any time through out the day. We recognize that for many children and sometimes parents the first inital drop off is difficult until the children are adjusted to the new surroundings. Parents are also welcome to call to check on the child at anytime and we encourage this especially if there was a hard drop off. We have staff ready to take over when the parent is ready for the seperation to take place. We also remind parents that the seperation is often times harder for the child if the parent is having a hard time with it.