HELPING HANDS

Providing Family Child Care Services - Ventura, CA

About

Helping Hands Childcare is in a convenient location in East Ventura.  My home is near an abundance of local parks, elementary and middle schools, freeways, public transit and the Ventura County Government Center.  Currently, I am licensed to care for a total of eight children with my own children (under 10 years of age) counting towards my ratio.  Full-time, Part-time and Drop-In child care is regularly offered. 

Parks near the daycare:  Ventura Community Park (Aquatic & Sports Park), Barranca Vista Park, Juniperro Serra Park, North Bank Dr & Rio Grande St Park, Montalvo Hill Park, Chumash Park.

Elementary Schools near the daycare: Portola, Junipero Serra, Montalvo Juanamaria, Mound.

2 minutes from the 126 Freeway at Kimball Rd & 5 minutes to the 101 Freeway at Johnson Dr.

My Mission

My mission is to provide a quality, safe, nurturing and developmentally challenging environment for children and to stimulate every child's emotional, physical and cognitive development through a balance of child and adult led play.

My Goals

My program is based off of the following child development principles:


Montessori:

  • Respect for children: support children in learning
  • Absorbent mind: children educate themselves
  • Sensitive periods: children have periods where they learn specific skils more         easily, each child's sensitivity period is unique
  • A prepared environment: children learn more easily in an environment where         they can do for themselves
  • Autoeducation:  actively involved children in a prepared environment and             who exercise freedom of choice educate themselves


RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers)

  • Respect: respecting infants by treating them as unique human beings
  • An Authentic Child: ensuring that infants feel secure, autonomous,                           competent, and connected
  • Trust: trusting infants by helping only enough to allow them to enjoy mastery        of their own actions
  • Sensitive Observation:  observe to understand the infant’s communications          and needs,  teach less, and provide an environment for learning instead
  • Involving the infant in care routines: providing interacting, cooperation,                 intimacy and mutual enjoyment during diapering, feeding, dressing, etc. so           that the infant is an active participant 
  • Safety: providing a safe, challenging and predictable environment 
  • Freedom: giving time for uninterrupted play and freedom to explore
  • Consistency:  establishing clear limits and expectations to develop discipline 
These principles are embodied in the curriculum and general environment.  My instruction delivery revolves around learning "centers" and responsive interactions.  Opportunities are provided for the children to acquire skills and concepts involving, problem solving, decision making, questioning, evaluating and discovery. 
The goals for my program are to help the child:
  • develop a positive self-concept
  • achieve intellectual growth
  • enlarge his/her world of people, experiences, ideas, and things
  • increase skills in oral language, literacy, writing, listening, and thinking
  • increase skills in physical coordination, both gross and fine motor skills
  • increase competence in dealing with emotional feelings and social situations
  • increase competence in self-direction and independence
  • develop cooperative, trusting relationships
  • develop his/her natural curiosity and his/her creative potential
  • develop self discipline
  • develop a love of learning.

My Standards

I diligently work hard to improve my daycare program by taking college courses, workshops and training in child development/early childhood education and by identifying areas for improvement.  Although California does not recently require any type of formal training in family child care I voluntarily seek out educational growth opportunities and use a variety of tools  and resources to provide a quality child care program for families.  I create my own higher standards for my program.

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