Childcare is available to children who are enrolled in any of our classes. The children are welcomed into the childcare environment before (7 a.m.–9 a.m.) or after (12 p.m.–6 or 6:30 p.m., depending on location) their classes. At our Danville and Livermore locations we have childcare from 7am-9am and again from 12pm to 6:30pm. At our Dublin location we have childcare available all day from 7am-6:30pm. The Montessori childcare environment provides a friendly place for children who need a longer day at school.
The areas of the childcare classroom are arranged to give the child choices of activities throughout their stay. As in our other programs, there is a head childcare teacher. The art, dramatic play, constructive/manipulative, snack, and reading areas are designed to draw the children’s attention and provide a creative outlet for them. In addition to the options on the shelves, the children are invited to circle time, where special projects, presentations, songs, stories, movement activities, and expressive language opportunities are engaged in daily.
Special projects might include art, cooking, movement, music, and science. The children also enjoy the large outside playground. The Montessori principles are followed in the childcare environment, providing continuity with the classroom experience. The children in this environment have an opportunity to work/play with their friends in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere.
While daily routines can vary depending on the campus, weather, time of year, and special events, a typical day follows the schedule listed below. For more information, please contact our administrative office or talk to your child's head childcare teacher.
|7:00–8:15 a.m. ||Early morning welcoming, all activities open, eat breakfast|
|8:15–8:30 a.m. ||Morning circle|
|8:30–9:00 a.m. ||Playground activities|
|9:00–12 noon ||Class time/Morning Childcare where applicable|
|12 noon–12:30 p.m ||Lunch|
|12:30–3:00 p.m. ||Nap time OR|
12:30-1:30 p.m. Playground activites for non-nappers
|1:30–3:00 p.m. ||Group presentation and/or individual work time/snack|
|3:00–3:30 p.m. ||Group presentation, including special project/featured activity|
|3:30–4:00 p.m. ||Free choice/work time/individual snack|
|4:00–5:00 p.m. ||Playground activities|
|5:00–6:00/6:30 p.m. |
Circle time/quiet time inside
Supporting your child's verbal, non-verbal, and listening skills for connecting with family, friends, and beyond.
Growing Brain Power
Providing an enriched environment and the personal relationships to make the most of your child's amazing brainpower.
Helping your child develop trust, self-confidence, and problem solving skills for positive relationships with friends, parents, and teachers.
Helping Healthy Bodies Flourish
Nurturing your child's physical well-being through active play and body awareness.
Creativity and Individual Expression
Promoting an atmosphere that inspires your child's unique character through art, movement, music, and dramatic play.