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 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 program is based off of the following child development principles:
- 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
- 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.
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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