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Schedule Early Beginnings


The program at each age level at Early Beginnings is based on the developmental stages of each child. At all levels there is a flexibility that attempts to serve the needs of the children in that room.


In an infant room, the staff is attentive to the physical needs of each child, while talking to them as they encourage language development. As the child grows, more stimulating toys and activities are presented to help the child grow intellectually. For the very young children (under 18 months), the schedule is according to the individual needs of each child. The toddler schedule tends to be a bit more structured, but still flexible according to the needs of each child. The teacher - child ratio for all children under 3 is four children to one adult. Toddlers are encouraged to try toileting themselves. After age three, when they are fully toilet trained, they will be "promoted" to the Preschool program.


MORNING SCHEDULE (6:45 am – 11:30 am)

6:45 – 8:45 Free play
8:45 – 9:00 Preparation for formal portion of day
9:00 – 11:30 Opening circle, Music, Art, Discovery (math, science, literature/ Social Studies), Outside Play, and Snack. All activities are designed for the appropriate developmental level of the children involved.

MID-DAY SCHEDULE (11:30 am – 2:00 p.m.)

11:30 – 12:00 Outdoor/indoor time
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch for all-day children. Half day children go home
12:30 – 2:00 Nap/rest time

AFTERNOON SCHEDULE (2:00 pm – 5:45 pm)

2:00 – 3:30 Art, music, literature, and discovery in addition to snack and outdoor play
3:30 – 3:45 Closing Circle
3:45 – 5:45 Free play indoors and outdoors

The children nap throughout much of the preschool area. Cots are set up in the music / creative movement room, the free play / discovery area and the art / snack area. Depending on the number of children napping, two to four teachers are assigned to watch over the children during their rest time.

As with our other activities, indoor and outdoor supervision depends on the number of children in attendance. It is our policy to maintain a teacher-staff/child ratio of no more than 1 to 10.