About Our Program
"A few years ago, I was in serious need of help! I had a not-quite-one-year-old and another on the way, and things were getting pretty busy. A friend told me to look into a parent’s day out program, so I spent two days searching online and making phone calls before discovering very few in the metro area take children younger than a year. I was about to give up when I discovered Leawood Baptist. I visited and instantly felt comfortable there. Now both my boys go and love it! I can say with full confidence that they are cared for, not only physically and developmentally, but you can feel genuine love and affection from their teachers." — Paige, Parent
We believe in play-based learning, allowing our teachers to use the skills they have learned through years in the classroom, in trainings, and from peers to meet the distinct needs of each child. We strive for each child to become a lifelong learner, encouraging them to be independent, courageous, confident, curious, self-disciplined, and hungry for knowledge. We will help them achieve these goals through social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual development.
Because we are a play based center, we offer weekly movement sessions to each of the classes. These sessions will vary by age and activity but will include teacher led movement lessons with opportunities for individual creativity among each child. We have two separate playgrounds, one for our PDO program and one for Preschool. Children will have an outdoor play period each day, weather permitting.
It's not "just play"
Play is an essential part of early learning. It is the lifeblood of the learning process. As children play they are developing the cognitive, socio-emotional and physical skills they will need to take them into a successful adulthood. They are developing their curiosity, problem solving, intentionality, flexibility, and verbal and non verbal skill. Socio-emotionally they are developing their emotional intelligence - learning confidence, cooperation, negotiation, sharing, empathy and how to communicate appropriately. Physically their fine motor and gross motor skills are being practiced and developed.
It's not "just play." They are skills for life!"
Taking Steps to Healthy Success Program
During the 2014-2015 School Year, our program participated in an Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative to Promote Healthy Practices within our school. The program was sponsored by Nemours, the CDC, and Child Care Aware of Kansas. The program's focus was for each to center to evaluate its current policies and practices, teach each program what they should be doing based on the best practices as described by Nemours, and help implement new or adapted practices based on goals we made for our program.
Some of the key points of the training were ensuring each child receives an adamant amount of active play each day, that we are supporting breastfeeding within our program, cutting down on screen time, offering milk at meals and having water readily available throughout the day, and teaching about eating healthy foods. As a program, we chose to focus on the healthy foods portion of the training for our goal, as we felt we were already strong in most of the other areas. To accomplish our goal of making sure our students were eating healthy; we established a monthly snack calendar for each classroom. Students were assigned a specific day each month to bring a healthy snack for their classroom. The snack has to contain food from two different food groups. A list of suggested snacks was sent home with each monthly calendar. We then began introducing milk being served with lunch.
We are also enforcing the licensing requirement of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that states what must be included in each child's individual meal and snack. These include a protein (meat, egg, cheese, beans, nuts), two vegetables or fruits or one of each, and a grain. Please click on any of the links below for additional information and examples of what we are doing.
At the start of the 2016-2017 school year, we began using the HiMama Childcare App. Parents are able to check their child in and out each day and receive reports from the classroom teachers about their child's day. Teachers can create calendars and lesson plans as well as track the Kansas Early Learning Standards used in their planning and classroom activities. Parents receive updates, pictures, and notifications about their child, the classroom and the school. Check out www.HiMama.com for more information about the program.