HELPING HANDS

Providing Family Child Care Services - Ventura, CA

My Educational Approach

While "academics" are an important part of education in every child's life my goal is to get away from traditional methods of teaching early childhood by allowing children to learn from everyday experiences through a balance of open ended and directive oriented activities where the process, not the result, is the main focus while I provide hands-on support, resources, and guidance.

Throughout the normal day I offer play-based pre-planned activities as well as opportunities for open-ended free play to practice and develop important life skills from the following developmental domains:

Infants & Toddlers

  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Language Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Perceptual & Motor Development

Preschool Age

  • Social-Emotional
  • Language & Literacy
  • Mathematics 
  • Visual & Performing Arts
  • Physical Development
  • Health
  • History-Social Science
  • Science
  • English Language Development 
       (for ESL learners)

Mission

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

Philosophy

I believe in allowing young children to be free to explore their own interests and to be allowed to make choices for themselves.  All children should be treated respectfully and in the way one would want a child to behave.  If one wants a child to be patient then one must be patient with the child and lead by example.  I also believe in encouraging and trusting in children's abilities so that they may have the confidence to try new things and master skills.  I prefer a curriculum where the majority of the activities are open-ended and based on play.  Children will have the majority of their young and adolescent lives to spend seated in a classroom working from academic worksheets, in my program young children are allowed to move freely. play, explore and be young children.

Principles

While planning activities for for the mixed age ranges of children in my group I take into account the knowledge of human growth and development that I have learned to create and follow the following learning principles:
  • Children should learn as total persons (emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually) 
  • Children go through similar stages of development, but at their own individual pace
  • Children learn through their senses (hearing, seeing, touching, tasting, and smelling)
  • Children learn through active involvement (exploring, manipulating, and problem solving)
  • Children learn through emotional attitudes, methods, environment, and interactions. 
  • Children learn through experiences
  • Play is the work of the children.

Standards

I diligently work hard to improve my daycare program by taking training, courses, and workshops in early childhood development and 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 and to create my own higher standards for my program.