Our PhilosophyThe philosophy of Little Bear Daycare is to provide an affordable, dependable, and safe childcare program for parents who need the services of a high quality daycare center. We are committed to helping each child entrusted in our care to realize how very special she/he is within a loving environment. We are honored to share with parents in the growth and care children need and deserve.
We believe children construct knowledge through a wide variety of rich, meaningful experiences with adults, peers, and materials. We believe the parents are the first and primary teachers of their children. Therefore, parent involvement is vital in every aspect of our efforts to enrich each child's life. We believe each child and family is unique. By serving the whole family, we are enriching the child's life as well as developing a positive self-image for the family as a whole.
Our goal is to provide all of the children in Little Bear Daycare a clean, safe, comfortable, loving, home-like environment, where they can play and learn. Respect toward self, others, and the environment will be emphasized. We believe in the value of both structured and flexible schedules. The most important priority is to have FUN!
- To provide a healthy, nurturing, and safe environment
- To accept, respect, and appreciate each child and his/her family
- To provide age appropriate materials and equipment that supports children's learning
- To encourage the physical development of large motor skills through outdoor and indoor play as well as fine motor development through manipulative toys, blocks, and puzzles
- To encourage creativity by offering experiences in music, art, and literature
- To encourage interest in language through games, stories, and conversation
- To partner with parents in the care and learning of their children
Our staff receives training on various discipline methods. The techniques follow positive reinforcement. No child will be disciplined by corporal punishment or by isolation for long periods. Food will not be withheld nor will a child be made to feel guilty for laziness in toilet training. We do use “time out” chairs for all ages.
Should a child be assessed as a discipline problem due to biting, fighting or other negative habits, the Director may refuse admission. All families will be counseled a minimum of 3 times before admission is refused. The refusal may be permanent or it may be suspension for a period of time. Our concern is for the problem child, however, we must protect the many other children who come in contact with the problem child. If we feel the child has a problem beyond our scope, we may refer you to a counselor of your choosing.
In this day and age we will need to be careful about who comes in contact with our children. The center has developed a thorough job interview to assess an applicant’s ability to work with our children. We do this to assure you our staff is the best quality we can find.
We have a positive touch policy in our center as we feel it promotes healthy growth and development in children. We believe children should be held and hugged when they feel the need. Backrubs at naptime aid in making your child feel secure. We do, however, respect your right to request that we do not touch your child. Please remember though, that a no touch policy creates a stark atmosphere for a small child.
The bottom line is your involvement in your child’s world. Please come and share a part of your child’s day. We invite you to visit our center at any time. If you should ever become concerned, please talk to the center director immediately.