Chubby Cheeks will implement curriculum through The Creative Curriculum, which is a nationally recognized, research based approach to early education. The curriculum supports a developmentally appropriate, content-rich program for children with diverse backgrounds and various skill levels. The Creative Curriculum is also aligned with the Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards. Its 38 objectives include progressions of development and learning that identify widely held expectations for children of particular ages. The teaching objectives of The Creative Curriculum are organized into four areas of child growth and development (social-emotional, physical, language and cognition) and five areas of content learning (literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies and the arts). A tenth area, English Language Acquisition, allows teachers to follow a childs progress in acquiring both receptive and expressive language in English. Teachers post weekly lesson plans to inform families of the current classroom curriculum. Infant/Toddler teachers implement curriculum by planning a variety of indoor and outdoor play experiences that include sensory, art, fine and gross motor, music, books and large group activities when appropriate. They also plan changes to the classroom environment and routines and schedules to support childrens growth and development. Preschool teachers plan focused large and small group experiences, reading aloud, outdoor experiences and experiences in a variety of interest areas, including blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, art, library, sand and water, music and movement, cooking and discovery. Integrated learning occurs through a focus on topics of interest to preschool children where they apply their skills in order to answer questions. In addition to planned experiences, children have opportunities for abundant play experiences. Through the exploratory and creative activity that young children initiate themselves, their play develops concepts and understanding about the world. Play helps children develop the skills necessary for a successful school experience including a positive approach to learning, self-regulation, and effective social skills.
Observation and Assessment
Thoughtful observation and assessment of children helps staff learn more about children's unique qualities, develop individual goals, plan and implement effective curriculum, and make referrals as appropriate. The program will utilizes several tools for assessment, including Teaching Strategies GOLD, which is directly aligned to The Creative Curriculum objectives, and Schedule of Growing Skills
Ages and Stages Questionnaires, a developmental screening tool completed by trained teacher at Chubby Cheeks intervals, this information is not shared with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Teachers will share information informally with families through conversation, documentation displays and classroom newsletters and meet formally with families at least twice a year for parent/teacher conferences.
During the school year (September-May) each child will have two progress reports go home. These reports will have the following childs information: progress, social and physical needs and other important information. The parent or teacher can call a conference whenever a need arises
Special Curriculum Consideration
Parents are encouraged to be involved in our program. If you have a special talent or occupation you would like to share with our daycare, please call and we will make arrangements with you. We encourage you to be involved in special events and holidays. We will post information about ways you can help. Notices of special programs will be announced on our mobile app.
Programs and Daily Schedules
The goal of the classroom daily schedule is for children to experience the Child Care Program as a place of safety and comfort where they know what to expect and when to expect it. All classroom schedules are flexible enough to provide adaptability when necessary, but structured enough to provide predictability for children. Daily schedules are developed by each classroom within the programs overall guidelines and philosophy. The following are sample daily schedules for each age level.
Schedules for infants are used as a guide for the day. Infant classroom schedules are responsive to individual children's needs. Infants eat at appropriate intervals based on their indicators to staff that they are hungry. As infants grow and begin to eat table food, their schedules also change, eventually aligning with the programs snack and meal schedule. Developmental activities including sensory, large motor (both indoors and outdoors), and small motor activities happen throughout the day as children are interested. Routines, such as diapering, eating, and napping, occur throughout the day to meet each childs unique schedule. Infant rooms have a group size of 10 with a staff/child ratio of 1:5.The following is a typical infant classroom schedule:
7:00am-8:30am Greet families, developmental activities and experiences
8:30am-9:30am Breakfast for older babies, diaper changing, feeding
9:30am-11:15am Large motor/outside time, developmental activities and experiences (sensory, small motor, music, language), diaper changing, naps as needed
11:15am-12:15pm Lunch for older infants, diaper changing, feeding
12:15pm-2:30pm Naps, as needed 2:30pm-3:30pm Snack for older infants, diaper changing, feeding
3:30pm-6:00pm large motor/outside time, developmental activities and experiences, diaper changing, departure
Toddler classroom schedules are more responsive to the whole group experience, although flexibility for individual needs is still a primary consideration throughout the day. Toddler rooms have a group size of 14 with a staff/child ratio of 1:7. The following is a typical toddler classroom schedule:
7:00am-8:30am Greet families, developmental activities and experiences
9:30am-11:00am Large motor/outside time, developmental activities and experiences (sensory, small motor, music, language), diapering, toileting
11:00am-12:30pm Group time, hand washing, lunch, diapering, toileting
12:30pm-3:00pm Nap time, self-directed activities as children awaken
3:00pm-4:00pm Hand washing, afternoon snack, diapering, toileting
4:00pm-6:00pm Developmental activities and experiences, departure
Preschool classrooms reflect the increasing independence of children and emphasize their social nature. Schedules still offer the flexibility that individual children may need, but are based on group involvement and activity. Preschool rooms have a group size of 18 with a staff/child ratio of 1:9. The following is a typical preschool schedule:
7:00am-8:30am Greet families, self-directed activities
9:30am-12:00pm Personal care time (tooth brushing, toileting), developmental activities and experiences (creative arts, small motor, large motor-indoors and outdoors, dramatic play, science, math, language), group time
12:00pm-1:30pm Hand washing, lunch, personal care time
1:30pm-3:00pm Nap time, indoor activities as children awaken
3:00pm-4:00 pm Hand washing, afternoon snack, personal care time, self-directed activities 4:00pm-6:00pm Outdoor experiences, indoor developmental activities and experiences, departure.