Blue Room

Caring for Children Aged 20 to 30 Mos.

Student to Teacher Ratio = 5:1

MEET THE TEACHERS

Drazenka Kokir-Miller

(7 AM to 4 PM)

Dada came to the United States from Croatia in 1999 and joined WMCC in 2000. She holds the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Dada loves spending time with her daughter and traveling, especially to visit family in Croatia.

Nancy Derderian

(8 AM to 5 PM)

Nancy holds degrees in French and Education from Holy Family College and has been with WMCC since 2014. Previous experience includes teaching French in the Radnor and Penn Delco school districts. In her free time, Nancy enjoys traveling and reading.

Matthew Fittipaldi

(9 AM- 6 PM)

DAILY SCHEDULE

Diaper changes/potty regularly throughout the day. Individual reading throughout the day. Special weekly activities include Music, Gym, Yoga and French.

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM Constructive free play, all centers open (blocks, housekeeping, manipulatives, dramatic play, library, music, art, science)

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Morning snack (provided) and clean-up

9:30 AM - 11:15 AM Group circle time with stories and songs

Small group activities; all centers open

Outdoor play (weather permitting)

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM Lunch, clean-up, story time

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Nap

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Snack (provided)

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM All centers open; outdoor play (weather permitting)

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS

LARGE MUSCLE CONTROL

Gross motor skills are acquired various different ways here at our center. On the play ground there are many opportunities for climbing, running, jumping, throwing and catching. We also take regular nature walks around campus when the weather is nice.

SMALL MUSCLE CONTROL

Children develop fine motor skills through grasping, holding and manipulating various objects. We will introduce different art utensils for children to begin learning how to draw and create.

AUDITORY/VISUAL SKILLS

Children will have opportunities for self-expression through music, movement and various art activities.

EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

We will work on attachment issues and help children to be more independent in their daily routines such as eating and drinking. We will help children to learn how to work and play with other children with an emphasis on communicating their needs to their friends and teachers.

DEVELOPMENT OF VERBAL SKILLS

Reading will be done throughout the day, either one-on-one or in groups. We will model language skills for the children to use when talking with friends.

CHILD ASSESSMENT

The teachers do ongoing observations of your child throughout the year. These observations are documented and used to assess your child’s development. We will be using the DECA Assessment program this year as well as the curriculum based assessments. DECA will measure the resiliency and social/ emotional development and the curriculum based assessment will measure their cognitive, fine motor and large motor development. We monitor each child's achievement in development milestones, share observations with parents/guardians and provide resource information as needed for further screenings, and early intervention and treatment. The developmental screening process is a collaborative one, involving parents/guardians and done in conjunction with the child's primary care provider and health, education, and early intervention consultants. Developmental screening is conducted with the written permission from the child's parent/guardian.

We have 2 conferences a year, November and May. We schedule these during school time. At these conferences we discuss the results of your child’s assessments and make recommendations when necessary.

If your child is having any particular difficulties, we will not wait until the conference to let you know. We will contact you as soon as we deem it necessary.

New standards dictate that a child is to be given an assessment within three months of their admission into the center. This assessment will be done on students that are admitted after October 1 as our first assessment is done in November. Any child admitted between October 1 and February 1 will be assessed before our mandatory May assessment and any child admitted between May 1 and August 1 will be assessed before our mandatory October assessment. The teachers will set up a separate conference with parents to review these results

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  • Cots for sleeping (we provide). If you bring in a sheet for the cot we ask that you take the sheet home once a week to be washed. Your child can bring in a favorite sleeping pal or blanket.
  • 2 or 3 changes of weather appropriate clothing labeled
  • Lunch: We are a peanut free center so we ask that you do not bring in anything with peanuts or tree nuts. We are unable to heat children’s lunches, should be brought in a thermos container. Please label all containers.
  • Tube of rash ointment (sign the medication book)
  • Sunscreen (sign the medication book) Parents are responsible for applying sunscreen in the morning and we will re-apply in the afternoon.
  • Diapers-one package (refill when teachers notify supply is running low)
  • 3 packages of wipes every month. If your child needs special needs a special type of wipe, please label with child's name and supply enough for a month.
  • Bring in one individual picture of your child and a minimum of 3 family members that we will use in the classroom.
  • A paint shirt

CLASSROOM NOTES

  • Please wash your child’s hands as soon as they enter the classroom.
  • Please label all of your child’s things with his/her name or first initial and last name. This includes all food, bowls, lids, clothes (outdoor and indoor), diaper packs, special wipes, pacifiers, etc. Please use a black permanent marker.
  • Please sign your child in and out using the sheet outside of your child's classroom
  • If someone other than the usual person (mother, father, grandparent, babysitter) is picking up your child we need to be notified in writing, or by phone and that person, if not known to us, will be need have ID which we will check.
  • Parents are free to visit the center at any time during the day; however, we would ask that you not come during nap time which is 12:30 to 2:30.
  • A doctor's note is required if your child is sent home or does not come in because of a rash or diarrhea since these can be symptoms of various contagious conditions. The note must state that it is safe for your child to return to a child care setting.
  • If your child needs to take medicine during the school day, you must fill out a medicine log form. You must put in the name of the medication, when it should be given and the amount to be given. The medicine must have child’s name on it, clearly marked.
  • Daily reports will be completed and put in your child's bin informing you of meals, diapering and naps. **
  • A monthly calendar will be sent home at the beginning of every month to notify you of activities going on in the classroom. A monthly newsletter about happenings in the center as well as reminders will be sent by e-mail.
  • The Brightwheel app is used by our teachers to communicate with parents about their child's daily activities using pictures and text. With Brightwheel parents get a real-time feel of their child’s day.