You’ve heard it once and you’ll hear it again: the children are our future. The reason that this phrase is used so frequently is because it’s true! If we want the future to be bright, we need to make sure that our youngsters get the education and care (and don’t forget fun) that they need in their early years. Here at Compass Learning Center, every single member of our staff is committed to providing the ultimate care for the children that we look out for and do our best to ensure that they are fully prepared for the years to come (kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, oh my!).
First we would like to welcome you to our blog! We’re so excited to let you guys know a little bit more about our preschool and child care centers in Coon Rapids and Blaine, as well as some helpful tips, games, and advice relating to your child and their development. This first post will let you know a little bit more about the programs that we offer and why your child will just love being a part of our daycare and/or preschool! If you would like any further information or are hoping to enroll your child in one of our early childhood programs, please feel free to reach out to us today!
So, what really makes the perfect child care center? Is it a comfortable and fun environment, education courses tailored to the children’s abilities, good snacks? Sure, those certainly help, and we’re proud to say that we provide all of the above, but what really makes a child care center excel is a staff that not only cares deeply about the children, but also knows how to teach them and look after them. We know how important it is to have a dedicated staff, so we make sure that every single person that we hire is trustworthy, friendly, and right for the job. No matter who is looking after your little kiddo, you can rest assured that they are in good hands.
As soon as a child is born, their brain begins working tirelessly trying to figure out and understand this crazy world that we live in. It is so important to help them on this journey and encourage them to keep learning, questioning, and exploring. Our Young Explorers program is for the little bitty ones not quite ready for preschool. It begins with our infant care. In this classroom they will be learning the basics such as the sound of their name, tummy time, sitting up on their own, and even “taking steps” towards crawling and eventually learning how to walk!
Next comes Transition Day Care. This is an incredibly important stage in which we start getting them adjusted to a group schedule instead of an individual one so that they will be ready to play with the big kids! While it is very similar to our toddler classes, the children still have the infant care setting so that they aren’t intimidated or overwhelmed.
For the kiddos who are 22-33 months old, they will be in our Toddler Child Care classes. Here we will work to expand their vocabulary, enhance their social skills with their classmates and their teachers, and also how to become more independent, including the big step of learning how to go potty on their own!
All of these stages are incredibly important to the development of your child and will help to get them ready for preschool. Not only are these classes educational, but we promise that they will be having a blast every day they come as well!
A child’s imagination is an incredible thing. They can turn a cardboard box into a spaceship and a stick into a magic wand, they can be cowboys and firefighters, superheroes and princesses, all by using their wonderful minds. It is so important for them to use these powers of creativity for so many reasons including cognitive skills, social skills, and so much more. That is why it is so important to encourage them to do it. Here at our child care center, we not only are teaching them the foundations of education but also let them play and use their imaginations. This is not only a blast for them, but is also great for their childhood development.
Our preschool classes are to help get three, four, and five-year-olds ready for kindergarten. We go above and beyond to make sure that they are getting the education and fun that they need to be fully prepared for the next step. Class begins in a pretty low-key fashion by letting them have their meals and take a nap (why isn’t nap time still a thing in adulthood?) but from 9:30 to 11:30, the gears are really set into motion. As a group, they will go to different stations to learn and have a good time. This includes:
- Music and Movement – As we all know, these youngsters have a lot of energy just raring to get used! The music and movement station is the perfect place for them to do it. Here they will move and groove, go through obstacle courses, play with parachutes, and learn about music and dance. Not only that, but they will be learning their ABCs and 123s while they’re doing it!
- S.T.E.M. – S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) is so important for your child to learn and we make sure to do it in a way that is fun and interactive for them. They will be performing science experiments, playing with technology, and begin to learn the foundation of math.
- Art – Every child is a tiny little artist. They love seeing how colors blend together or what awesome things that they can create with just a few objects. We highly encourage the children to express their creativity through arts and crafts during this time. They will also be learning fine motor skills, how to hold scissors and pencils, and so much more.
- Dramatic Play – As we mentioned, imaginative play is so important for children. So our last station is an area where they can play with all kinds of materials and toys and create their own reality with their classmates. This social aspect is huge in preparing them for kindergarten. Almost any kindergarten teacher will tell you that a big part of succeeding in the classroom is having good social skills.
Incredible Place to Work
The children aren’t the only ones who have a great time here at Compass Early Learning. Every member of our staff is here because we love children and we want to help them through this important time in their life. If you are looking for a job in child care and/or preschool, then please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are always looking for motivated, friendly, and talented people to join our team!
Prepare the Children for the Future
There is a reason that nine out of ten parents who come to visit our child care center and preschool end up enrolling their child. Not only because we have fun, safe, and clean environment for the children, but also because it’s evident from the get-go that our staff is so incredible. We truly care about every child that we look after and want to help them get ready for their future. From the adorable infants to the rambunctious five-year-olds, we are here for them every step of the way. Our child care center is located in Coon Rapids, but guess what? Our second location in Blaine is just about to open its doors! If you would like to learn more about Compass Early Learning or are hoping to enroll your child or children, then please do not hesitate to contact us today.