CHILD CARE--NURSERY SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN AGES
We offer before and after school care for those children in attendance during our school day. This program is approved and licensed by the Department of Human Resources. Children may arrive as early as 7:00a.m. and may depart as late as 6:00p.m. The hours outside our school time are part of our child care program. These times include qualified supervision for free play, stories and activities in the mornings; and lunchtime, nap time, snack time, outdoor (weather permitting) and indoor activities in the afternoons. All of our registered students can participate in our child care program.
TWO YEAR OLD CHILD CARE PROGRAM
Unlike all of our other Maryland State Department of Education fully accredited educational programs, the two year old activity is a Maryland Department of Human Resources approved child care program. We do, however, have many well planned learning experiences built into each day. Our twos listen to stories, work on language development, have circle time, explore various art media, learn to share and play both inside and outside with their friends, and experience music activities. It is most exciting to see how the twos change from non-speaking to quite verbal, from diapers to reliability, from demolition experts to great clean up helpers--all in one year!
We cannot accept a child into this group until he is two years of age. But he could begin on the birth date, assuming there is an opening. Toilet training is not essential at this age for entry into the program. We do work with the child and parents to facilitate this milestone, and by the end of the year we hope everyone is reliably toilet trained. This is a requirement for attendance in our 3 year old nursery school class.
Our twos do not venture out on field trips, but do participate in any in-house programs should they be in regular attendance on a performance date. Such programs include the aquarium outreach program, a magician, the story lady, or our visiting music teacher. Programs vary from year to year.
We have three lengths of day, half day, full day and extended day. We offer 2,3 or 5 days. As with our other programs, we follow the Anne Arundel County Public School schedule for beginning date, major holidays, as well as snow closings. Our twos can also sign up for our summer session which runs 9 weeks between regular sessions.
SUMMER CHILD CARE PROGRAM
Our summer program is available for ages 2 through 6. All ages may choose 2, 3 or 5 day programs, and one of three lengths of day. Our summer hours are 7:30a.m. to 5:30p.m. This program begins in June at the completion of the regular session and ends one week before the start of the regular session in the Fall. We feature one central theme throughout the summer. We also provide for a 2 week optional swim class at a local pool for those 3 years and older. We enjoy field trips and a relaxed, imaginative experiences during these weeks. Our instructors are all senior staff trained and are assisted by qualified aides. Some children attend our summer session only, and are not a part of our regular school year. Registration for the Summer Child Care Program begins in January at our annual Open House and continues until classes are full.