Creative Playschool is a cooperative learning experience for youngsters and their parents. This means that as a parent or caregiver, you get to build community with other parents and your child's teacher, while also participating in the learning process of your child. This is done through classroom visits, quarterly cleaning nights, and four all-parent meetings throughout the year. Parents like Creative Playschool because it is an easy transition for your child's first years in a school setting.
Not everyone can commit to the required six classroom visits throughout the school year in our Cooperative option. For this reason, we offer a Traditional option which exempts the classroom visits. However, if at any time you would like to still come in to the classroom (often parents like to come in on their child's birthday, for example), the parent is always welcome.
Co-op Classroom Duties: Parent/Guardians with the Co-op option participate as parent helpers to the teaching staff (6 times over the course of a year). The parent helper assists the teachers in the setting up and clean up of the classroom and also works with the children during class time under teacher supervision. At all times the parent helper has the support of the teacher and aide to ensure that this time with the children is a positive experience where they can be relaxed enough to not only enjoy the day but also learn from the experience. Additionally, participation in one cleaning night and the parent meetings is required.
Traditional Class Duties: It is always made clear to parents in the traditional class that they are welcome to come in and be a parent helper if they wanted to do so and were able to take time off work/ arrange child care for a younger sibling. While the parent is not required to be in the classroom, participation in one cleaning night and the parent meetings is still required.
Our programs are designed to help each child be themselves and yet be able to succeed in a group. We feel that children should have the opportunity to express themselves freely in an orderly atmosphere, as they learn through play. The children can explore all things presented to them as individuals, yet still remain part of a diverse group. Learning to share and respect the natural differences of their peers as they further develop their own personalities
Our programs and our curriculum are designed to meet the developmental needs of the children. In an atmosphere that respects and enhances the important role of play in the learning process, children learn important social skills like sharing and taking turns. They develop these skills through interactions with their peers. Our curriculum remains organized and developed by our teachers, within the State of Connecticut Preschool Guidelines and works towards preparing children for all aspects of successfully starting at kindergarten.
The children learn kindergarten readiness skills through activities that develop attention, comprehension, and following directions. The teachers incorporate a variety of activities into their daily classroom, which allows the child to respond according to his/her developmental level.