Kid Works™ Program Introduction – Child Centered Learning at its BEST
At Kid Works™ Creative Learning Centers we have a DEVELOPMENTAL PHILOSOPHY. That is, there is a “right time” to introduce certain learning materials and chronological age has little to do with it in early childhood as it is the individual child that will lead and explore at their pace.
Daily classwork includes; cooperation skills, listening and following directions, visual perception, hand/eye coordination, reading and math readiness, science and social studies appropriate for individual classrooms. Hands-on activities encourage the use of these skills through child-led play activities.
Creative movement and music are exceptional tools in teaching the young child. This does not imply running and jumping around without purpose, but rather, a guided use of movement with particular goals in mind. Play has an important part in achieving our goals. This play can be guided so that the child feels a sense of accomplishment and growth.
We follow ODJFS Guidelines for Staff/child ratios as follows:
Staff to Children Maximum Group Size Category Ages of Children:
1:5 or 2:12 12 Infants 6 weeks – 12 months
1:6 or 2-12 12 Infants 12 months – 18 months
1:7 14 Toddlers 18 months – 30 months
1:8 16 Toddlers 30 months – 36 months
1:12 24 Preschoolers 3 years – 4 years
1:14 28 Prekindergarters 4 years until eligible for kindergarten
1:18 36 Schoolagers Age eligible for kindergarten to 11 years
Program Daily Schedule:
The children’s daily schedule is flexible enough to provide adaptability when necessary but structured enough to provide predictability for the children. We want them to view their school as a safe and comforting place, where they know what to expect and when to expect it. Each room’s schedule is posted on the classroom’s parent board.