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Developmental Approach

Condell Child Day Care's developmental approach recognizes that children learn at different paces and that learning takes place in a variety of ways and through a variety of media.

Through emphasizing exploration, creativity, self-expression and self-esteem, this approach encourages children to challenge themselves in an atmosphere of acceptance.  In this way, each child develops a sense of importance and understanding of his or her own limitations.  So much change happens during these early childhood years, and all of it is crucial in preparing the child for what lies ahead in his/her future.  In Condell Child Day Care's program, we recognize that planning our curriculum and creating our community around children's development is the best way to prepare them for life.

To align with our developmental aproach to learning, each week a central theme, often based on the children'sf interests, guides learning experiences in the following areas:

  • Circle/Group Time (songs, fingerplays)
  • Language/Literature (books, flannel stories)
  • Music/Movement
  • Sensory
  • Art/Creative Expression
  • Small/Fine Motor
  • Dramatic Play (See Value of Play)
  • Science
  • Gross Motor (in the gym as well as outside)
  • Intergenerational Activities
  • Math
  • Special Events/Activities

These activities are geared toward the developmental stages for each age group and foster growth in the following areas:

  • Language (expressive/speaking and receptive/listening)
  • Social/Emotional
  • Physical Development (Gross and Fine Motor)
  • Self-Help/Independence
  • Cognitive/Perceptual

Because surroundings and environment offer various opportunities for learning, Condell's classrooms are designed to accommodate a variety of interests. To see a classroom, click on Facility/Activities.


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