Our Active Start program provides opportunities for integrated Math & Cognitive Skills development throughout each child’s day. Free Play stations and our ‘In House’ Pre-School Programs, engage children and encourage the development of foundational cognitive learning skills such as memory, critical thinking, problem solving and processing. Children learn to evaluate, analyze, make comparisons and understand cause and effect. As they grow, they learn about patterns, quantities, the abstract skill of matching numerals to quantities and eventually basic arithmetic.
Parents can rest assured that we will build on the literacy skills that children are learning at home. Oral language development and listening skills are promoted through story time, finger plays, poetry, songs and positive verbal interactions with caregivers and friends. Effective, differentiated instruction is provided as the children are introduced to print concepts and the alphabetic code through phonemic awareness. We celebrate as each child gradually masters these foundational skills and is eager to develop literary fluency.
As children receive nurturing support from home and from childcare, they will develop practical life and self-regulation skills. By establishing daily routines, and through positive & reliable relationships, caregivers offer the children opportunities to develop mental flexibility, a working memory and self-control. Everything from potty training for the Toddlers, to teaching 3 & 4 years olds how to dress independently, is part of our daily routine. Activities promoting task initiation, followed by planning & organizing of tasks and clean up duty, are encouraged and monitored to ensure positive growth, responsibility and eventual independence.
Emotional development lays the foundation for social development and enjoyment of successful relationships. Learning to constructively deal with emotions is a fundamental challenge for all children. Positive social interactions, in a safe environment with consistent nurturing care, ensure that our children have opportunities for social and emotional growth each day. Through active engagement with friends and caregivers, they share in meaningful experiences, successfully navigate new challenges and develop meaningful friendships.
At Active Start, we’re all about being ACTIVE! Enabled by our incredible facility, with its huge outdoor & indoor playgrounds and large indoor gyms, we take physical development and wellness to a whole new level. Children have ample time to run and play each day, as well as participate in organized activities and sports that teach, promote and track those ever important gross motor and team work skills! Through our Healthy Habits Nutrition Program and accompanying menu, our children’s Physical Development & Wellness take on a leading role within our program!
Creative expression allows children to communicate feelings and ideas through art, music, drama, literacy, free play and even math and science. Expressions of creativity can be found everywhere. For example, when children create artwork or design a block city, every step involves making decisions and solving problems. As those choices are made, they experience a sense of satisfaction with their creations. Our role as caregivers, is to provide children with materials and opportunities to create and celebrate success with our little artists.