(6 weeks – 18 months)
Special consideration has been taken to create a loving and nurturing home like environment. Professional staff specializing in infant care enables new parents to leave their “little ones” with a sense of security. Each child will follow an individualized feeding and sleep schedule as established by their parent. There are many stimulating and fun toys, plus play areas specifically designed for this early stage of development. Story times and music are incorporated throughout each and every day. Our “open door” policy welcomes parents to visit during the day and breastfeeding mothers will be provided a comfortable setting. Parents may call the classroom directly at any time to inquire about their baby’s activities. Care givers maintain written logs on each child’s daily activities and confer with parents to assure developing babies changing needs are met.
(18 – 24 months)
This program has been designed to provide a balance between a toddler’s need for security and their growing independence. The daily routine is flexible, allotting the most time for “Free Play” and many first hands on experiences with paint, clay, dance, and music. Many duplicates of toys and hands on activities are provided to entice first learning experiences. As toddlers are learning with their whole bodies, there are multiple opportunities for physical, tactile, and sensory play throughout the day. Language and communication skills are fostered as toddlers build their vocabulary. The toddler teacher’s role is to provide encouragement and reassurance as children explore their environment and develop a sense of self. Special emphasis is place on first-time separation from parents and socialization with peers.
(2 - 3 years old)
The primary goal of our Tiny Tots program is to foster a positive self image and promote social awareness. By providing a wide range of developmentally appropriate toys and materials in a comfortable atmosphere, children are encouraged to learn through active play and experimentation. Teachers will expose children to a wide range of “hands on” activities which stimulate and older toddler’s intellectual and physical development. The program focuses on the acquisition of language and building of self identify. Social skills and group activities are elaborated upon as children mature.
In order to best prepare children for Kindergarten, Oyster Babies offers two alternative preschool settings designed to meet your child's individual learning style. Both classrooms focus on Kindergarten readiness skills and include STEAM-based learning. Parents and teachers will decide together which teaching environment your child is best suited for.
(3 - 5 years old)
Oyster Babies Early Childhood Centers has partnered with Variety Child Learning Center to create our Integrated Classroom. This classroom offers a small group setting and 4:1 student/teacher ratio. The student body is made up of children who thrive in a structured, teacher-directed environment. The student body is comprised of children with strong language and play skills, as well as, children receiving therapeutic services through Variety Child Learning Center. As in all of our classes, weekly music, yoga, marine education, and an array of special enrichment experiences are included in the curriculum.
(3 - 5 years old)
The main goal of our Preschool program is to make the first school experience a positive and fun one, while preparing children for Kindergarten and to be life-long learners in today's modern world.
By stressing individuality, allowing children to make choices and help plan their activities, students are encouraged to become more independent thinkers and problem solvers. Our classroom is designed with varied Learning Centers, including STEAM-based activities, each of which stresses a different area of development. Our programs promote early literacy and the development of self identity and social skills. (Social emotional development is a priority for future academic success.) Academic activities include: Language Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Music, Nature, and more. Our spacious classroom design enables a large variety of Learning Centers, which include, Family Life and Dramatic Play, Art & Creativity, Music & Movement, Math & Science, Engineering & Blocks, Science & Nature, and, Plants & Animals.
Science, technology, engineering, art, and math have always been including in the Oyster Babies curriculum, in addition to our strong early literacy and social/emotional foundation. In order to prepare our children for today's quick-paced and changing world, Oyster Babies strives to provide children with learning opportunities that foster critical thinking, problem solving, and innovation. By facilitating lessons and activities that combine multidisciplanary subjects, children are encouraged to be creative and hands-on participants in their continuous learning. Team work and collaboration are also stressed, so that children learn the value of cooperation, working together, and community.