Curriculum

Curriculum

Infant & Step-Up Program

We understand that leaving your baby to be cared for by someone other than you is a difficult decision. Our Infant Room ha008s been specially designed to create peace of mind for parents and a comfortable and secure environment for the babies. From the tranquil and relaxing décor to the carefully selected furniture, our intention is to mimic all the comforts of home to keep your baby at ease. The play area is filled with stimulating toys that coincide with our curriculum and encourage development at an individual pace. Our teachers sing songs and read stories to foster language acquisition, play games and teach finger-plays to develop motor skills. We teach sign language to help develop early coHCA_Fun_004mmunication between care givers and babies which will help to ensure all of a child’s needs are being met. Most of all, our teachers are dedicated to instilling trust and providing comfort by cuddling and constantly talking to the babies. They play a hands-on role in supporting a fun and active environment by creating opportunities for imaginary play, creative art, small and large motor development and language development. Since children at this age are new on their feet, their environment is designed to minimize bumps and bruises. Social-emotional development is fostered through cooperative learning and sharing activities. Children learn manners, conflict resolution, and the value of friendship as well as respect for themselves and each other. Parents work closely with the teachers to plan their baby’s schedule and ensure consistency between HCA and home. Teachers will provide daily notes to inform you of your child’s day. They are committed to working diligently to make our love and care an extension of yours.

 

Toddler Program
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The children in our Toddler room learn through play in a bright, cheerful environment. Here, there are endless opportunities for exploration and discovery in learning centers such as; the art center, dramatic play, blocks, the library center, manipulatives, and the sand & water center. Circle time and thematic units are central to the curriculum and complement daily learning experiences by making children aware of the world around them. The toddlers will be encouraged to build their verbal and social skills through cooperative learning activities and on-going conversation with teachers and classmates. The emphasis for our Toddler program is on socialization and the acquisition of self help skills to prepare the children for their upcoming Pre-School experience.

 

 

 

 

The Pre-School at HCA

(Not available for the 2011-2012 school year)

Our Pre-School  is a day care and an actual pre-school program rolled into one! The school day is from 8:30am-3:30pm with before care (beginning at 7am) and after care (until 7pm) available for those who need it. We offer 2, 3 or 5 full days only- there is not part time AM/PM enrollment.  All meals continue to be provided and we use the same security and sanitizing methods that we use for the daycare.  A NJ Certified Pre-school teacher and a teacher’s aide use the Pinnacle Curriculum to guide the children through an engaging and fulfilling academic day. Class size is small and intimate to ensure each child gets the individualized attention they need when first starting “school”. It is our mission to instill a love of learning at a young age that your child can carry with him or her throughout their life in order to achieve educational success in the future.