A Holistic, Loving Approach to Quality Early Childhood Education
Little Footprints Early Learning Center
We believe that young children are like sponges, waiting and wanting to learn and mimic adults. Our in-house “MAPS” curriculum (Math, Art, Project-based learning & Science) lays an emphasis on project-based learning.
All our early learning programs work on monthly projects that are based on the interests of the children and the chosen theme. Working together on a project teaches the children collaboration skills as well as lessons in math, art and science and enhancing their social and language/communication skills. The teachers identify their group’s interest and use their creativity to plan out their group project every month. The academic element of our curriculum, coupled with activities like yoga, dance, music and more cultivates all areas of children’s development.
Little Footprints teaches and reinforces life skills like sharing, taking turns, personal hygiene, and others to children as part of our holistic approach to child development. And it’s all viewable first-hand by you, the parents, throughout the day via live camera access and daily picture updates provided to all families.
Beyond Ordinary Daycare Centers
We believe that young children are like sponges, waiting and wanting to learn and mimic adults. We strive to provide the necessary tools so that they can positively and effectively learn through a range of media and influences
Some highlights of our teaching methodology
- In-house curriculum to ensure that the children get the necessary training and guidance to enrich their knowledge in cognitive, social and emotional development
- Extra-curricular activities such as a second language, dance/drama, yoga and other forms of art
- Co-curricular topics into our curriculum that covers necessary life skills such as sharing, leadership etc. that is required for their holistic growth
Children are taught math through various activities such as counting, measuring, weighing, matching and segregating along with writing and recognizing numbers. Starting from these basic concepts we move on to more age appropriate activities in the older programs so that they are confident and knowledgeable in these concepts when they enter kindergarten.
Science is made fun for all age groups through outdoor exploration, baking/ cooking, having engaging conversations about stars and space, introducing experiments thereby instilling a curiosity in creating things and watching things change, learning about life cycles, hands on experience learning about the magic of a seed form growing into a plant form etc.
Our primary focus is to instil an interest in reading right from infancy. We believe that learning to read is an important part of the child’s development and a great way to prepare for school. Using different media such as songs, felt stories and puppet shows our teachers introduce new vocabulary and entice and motivate the children to read. Being read to, is also a key factor in getting them interested and we have a “magical story time” incorporated within all of our programs.
For our preschoolers, the introduction of phonics has had rewarding results with their reading skills. Also, equal importance is given to writing and printing which besides increasing their knowledge in letters and alphabets it also enhances their fine motor skills.
Our reading program is taken to the next level by introducing the Home Reading Program. Parents will be able to take out a book or a poem/song sheet to work with their child at home every week and exchange it when done. A rotation of different kinds of books helps with the level and interest of each child in the classroom and adds variety to perk interest in children.
- Picture Books : where you let your child tell you the story by looking at the pictures.
- Phonics Books : which focus on recognizing the phonetic sounds that letters make to form words.
- Poem/Song Sheets : that you can read or sing aloud to your child.
- Story Books : that allow your child to see the words on the pages as he/she follows along.
Music, art, drama and dance are integrated within the program as we strongly believe that children need to have different avenues open to them in order to identify their interest and pursue them.
Field Trips and Outdoor Education
Children learn hands on while they are outdoors. The math and science and art are taken outdoors for them to see, feel, experiment and enjoy. We have the resources to arrange to get them to places of interest. Our 25-seat bus and Class 4 drivers enable us to give our young ones ample opportunities to go places and learn through fun.
Pillars of Our Early Childhood Education Philosophy
What Our Parents Say About Little Footprints
My oldest daughter started when she was 6 months old. Despite my apprehension on returning to work all the teachers made me feel welcome and comforted that she was in excellent hands. As time progresses and her baby sister now attends the center too. I can not put a value on the lessons both kids have learned at Little Footprints. I have come to appreciate all the new things that they share with me and the lessons they learn that I would not be able to provide to them. The Infant and Toddler programs has compationate and caring teachers that I can see truly do care for each child individually. I can see from the excitement and smiles on my youngests face she is so happy to attend the center and that puts my mind at ease.
My oldest daughter attends the Prekindergarten3. Lead Teacher Miss Christina is always supportive of the children and encourages My oldest daughter can't wait to get into the class room in the mornings and give Miss "skeena" a hug. Each teacher provides attention to each child and individually and as a group and have an excellent disposition towards all the children in the class. Miss Alicia, Miss Christina, Miss April, Miss Atifa are all a pleasure and informative on education and development for their group. I can't put a price on the lessons my two have learned. Social skills to overall educational readyness. I am so happy we found you.
Little Footprints has been my son’s second home. The decision of trusting my child to a daycare was one of the most difficult decisions I have made as a parent but Little Footprints is so much more than a daycare ... its family. The teachers provide a safe, loving space where my son has thrived. Parents are involved and are kept well informed. Thank you Ms Jay and the whole LF family! You provide me with piece of mind.
Ms. Raj, Ms. Ruby and their team, loved and cared for my kids like their own. Every concern I had was addressed by Jay and staff the next day. Staff was excellent at keeping me updated on daily happenings with my children...good or bad. My twins attended full time from age 1-5. The preschool program they incorporated into the day prepared my kids for Kindergarten. They were familiar with the curriculum and classroom expectations from Day 1 of Kindergarten. I always dropped off the kids knowing they were in good, loving hands.