Classes are for children 2 years old to just under 5 years old. Children at this age learn by imitation, and the Nurturers constantly strive to be worthy of imitation in their interactions with them. The children play, sing, and eat together, and find security and comfort in consistency. They follow a daily rhythm that forms and strengthens good habits. Children are enrolled half- or full-day, and for a minimum of 3 consecutive days, Monday to Friday.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Daycare program
Benefits of a Mixed-Age Program
The SMP Daycare institutes a mixed-age program. Some of the benefits we see in the children are:
• A mixed-age group is like a family environment where older children develop nurturing skills in taking care of younger children, and younger children have the older ones to look up to, with excitement of eventually gaining capacities and privileges that the older ones have;
• Younger children help older children maintain innocence, dreaminess, and fantasy play, while older children learn to be considerate and sensitive to a younger child’s vulnerabilities, as well as have increased sense of responsibility;
• An only or single child gets to feel sibling bonds. If older, they are able to care for a younger child. If younger, they have role models to look up to;
• The last-born child at home can exercise leadership skills and be the older child, a Big Brother or Big Sister; while a first-born child at home gets to enjoy being a younger child;
• Younger and older children don’t get stuck in certain kinds of play, as different capacities are developed among the children in mixed-age classrooms;
• There are more opportunities for friendships in a more diverse group.
Parents have the option of choosing a 4- or 3-day schedule, full-day or half-day.
Half-day 8:30 AM to 12:30 NN (Monday to Friday)
Full-day 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday to Thursday)
The day’s activities take place in a systematically arranged rhythmical sequence. This is referred to as the rhythm of the day. Such rhythm is exactly repeated daily, allowing the children to be familiar with the order of the day, making them feel secure and increasingly confident. Rhythm and repetition serve as the basis of discipline, whereby a child learns that there is a time naturally dedicated for everything. Moreover, since rhythm is the basis of life, this external rhythm of the day positively influences the development of healthy inner bodily organs, which include the heart and lungs.
08:30 AM Indoor free play / snack preparation
09:40 AM Cleanup
09:45 AM Morning snack
10:10 AM Morning circle (songs / rhymes / verses)
10:20 AM Outdoor play (park time / sandbox)
11:00 AM Wash-up & toilet time
11:20 AM Story time
11:30 AM Lunch
11:50 AM Cleanup & tooth-brushing
12:15 PM Pickup for half-day children
12:15 PM Preparation for nap time for full-day children
12:30 PM Nap time
02:00 PM Baking / cooking / beeswax / painting / crafts
02:30 PM Indoor play
03:15 PM Cleanup
03:30 PM Afternoon snack
03:45 PM Cleanup, dressing, & packing up
04:00 PM Finger plays / hand gesture stories / games
04:15 PM Pickup for full-day children