What will you find during a visit to
THE Children’s Academy?
A “typical” day rarely exists in an early education environment. With so many curious and creative little minds, unexpected events often change the plans for the day. One child may come in eager to tell us all about her new puppy. Another may stand in awe of the mysteries and excitement of the first snowfall of the season. Our teachers turn these moments of a child’s natural curiosity and imagination into learning opportunities (also called emergent curriculum).
THE Children’s Academy’s uses literacy as a basis for all learning. The path to literacy looks different at each age and involves more than just reading books and learning letters.
A love of reading is a foundation for lifelong learners. In our schools, all children are read to daily – including our infants! We also discuss the parts of a book (front – back – spine, author, illustrator, and title page) to help children learn how to hold a book and turn pages. Most of our children will tell you if you aren’t reading it correctly!
Below you can explore what your child will experience in a typical day at THE Children’s Academy. Please note – our regular schedule may change based on learning opportunities presented by our curious learners.
We hope you and your child will visit us soon and experience for yourself the warm, fun and engaging world of learning that is THE Children’s Academy.
We know how important and emotional a decision it is to place your infant in someone else’s care. It is our goal to make you feel like we are an extension of your family and that your child is safe, happy, and loved every day.
So much happens the first year of a child’s life. Their brains develop. They start to have control of their bodies. They know your face and voice. They even start to experience a myriad of emotions. We provide a safe, healthy, and loving environment for babies to grow at a pace that meets their own development.
Our infant ratio is one adult for every four infants with no more than eight children in a room. Our Spring Hill location has private rooms of one teacher and four infants. Our Hospitots and Franklin locations have two teachers with up to eight babies in the room. All of our classrooms are oversized and provide sleeping areas and play areas with room to explore.
A typical infant day includes lots of talking to and describing what will happen, what is happening, and what has happened. (Examples: We are going to change your diaper. Let’s get that diaper off of you. Don’t you feel better with a clean dry bottom? Let’s get your clothes back on and wash your hands so you can play with your friends while I clean up and wash my hands.) Conversations like these are an introduction to reading readiness. We also read to the children daily and use sign language starting at six weeks old. Other activities include music, art (begins when a child can grasp), tummy time and outdoor time.
Infants are on their own feeding and sleeping schedule so please send enough bottles and/or baby food to allow for your child’s need as well as your full schedule.
Since our babies spend time exploring and learning on the floor, we request a shoe free environment. Booties are provided for those who want to keep their shoes on.
We provide diapers and wipes for all infants.
We provide daily activity sheets and encourage communication between home and school. We will always keep you informed of developments as they happen. A more formal assessment of your child’s development is provided twice a year during parent/teacher conferences.
Come Visit Us
We welcome visitors! Parents, children, grandparents, and friends are invited to tour and learn about our program.
To allow you adequate time and attention, we ask that you schedule your tour in advance. Mornings between 9 and 11 are the best time to see our classrooms at their most active.