In addition to providing full and part time care for toddlers and preschoolers, our family day care program has worked with one homeschooler, and many school age kids after school and in our summer program. In this way, we currently serve kids from one to fourteen. We are interested in working more with school age children during the day. Our program is play and project based with a focus on relationships. We currently have three caregiver/teachers, all with many years of experience, two who were formerly certified early childhood and elementary teachers. Our group has ten children and two caregivers/teachers at a time.

For fall 2009 we are looking to include a group of three to four 5 to 10 year olds in our mixed age morning program, which runs from 8:30 to 1:30, with the option for extended day until 5 pm. The afternoon session would overlap with our after school program, and thus include a larger group of school age kids.

If you are looking for a small group setting for your child, where your child will be known and able to follow his/her interests, develop at his/her own pace, and be with children of all ages in a relaxed, nurturing, creative environment, we would love to meet you. We offer a healthy vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and snack, a balance of child and teacher directed experiences, and lots of outdoor time. We have many books, puzzles, games, and materials for dramatic play, building, art, science, cooking, writing and almost anything else you can imagine young people might want for their projects and play. We are convenient to public transportation, a short walk to several great parks, and near enough to swimming pools, libraries, skating rinks, and museums that we hope to take our older kids on periodic adventures.

We are currently offering interviews and program visits to families who are interested in learning more. We have our group set for fall 2009.  We will continue to develop our vision for the future as we work with the wider range of ages this year, talk with children, families, and teachers about our needs and preferences, learn more about what works and what doesn’t, and imagine what else might be possible.

2 Responses to “Including school age children”

  1. Tonya Says:

    I am wondering where things stand with expanding your program to include older kids. We may be looking for a once a week program for our 6 year old. It may also include our 8 1/2 year old. We are looking for somewhere positive for him to be so that my daughter can focus more easily on some of her projects at home. Thank you – Tonya

    1. mariawest Says:

      We have a great group of three homeschoolers and six younger kids, ranging in age from one to nine on Friday mornings. We currently have one more opening that day, though another family is considering it. I am not sure how things will work for fall, but I am happy to talk with families interested in care for their older children. I will reply to individuals who leave comments on the blog via e-mail and am happy to talk with interested families and schedule interviews and visits as it makes sense. Thanks for your interest!

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