Labor and Industry Handbook
The entire staff of the Labor & Industry Child Care Center and I wish to extend a warm welcome to you and your child(ren). We are glad each of you is a part of this work site center for state employees' children. Our goal will be to make this experience a pleasant one.
The purpose of this booklet is to serve as a guide to our services including a description of the program, program components, information regarding policies, and answers to many questions.
You, as a parent(s), are valuable individuals who influence, to a large degree, your child's success in this venture. Your help and cooperation will assist us in providing your child(ren) with a positive and enriching child care experience.
Please feel free to talk to us anytime you feel it is necessary. You are also welcome to visit and to get to know us and the program better.
Kim Hughes, Director
At Labor and Industry Child Care Center we believe that each child should have the opportunity to learn in a safe and stimulating environment that is developmentally appropriate. We are designed to meet the needs of state employees and their children. We do not just care for children while their parents work; we provide a challenging learning environment in which to explore and experiment.
We believe that each child learns at his/her own pace. Therefore, the staff will develop a curriculum based on each child's individual needs. Through interactive play and observation the caregiver will discover your child's uniqueness and will develop activities that help your child master skills in the areas of social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. It is our goal that through age appropriate play activities we will promote the development of the whole child. By experiencing success in each area, a child becomes a confident learner and begins to develop a healthy self-esteem.
We believe that a "child's play is his/her work." Play is the medium through which children learn about themselves and the world around them. The staff spends much time in thought planning an environment that is conducive to stimulating and enriching play. The children utilize these centers and materials to create their own play and learning.
Play fosters social development by allowing children to interact with others in socially acceptable ways. Through play children learn to share, cooperate, and compromise. They begin to build and enjoy friendships with children and adults. They begin to learn the acceptance of themselves and others.
Play fosters physical development. Children learn to control their bodies as they play. They crawl through tunnels, climb up gyms, and balance on the beam. These actions build strength, endurance, and control of large muscles. Small muscles are developed through cutting, pasting, drawing, picking up items with tweezers and putting objects into openings.
Play fosters emotional development. Play gives them an opportunity to express and clarify feelings. They can work out feelings about experiences in their life through play. Play also provides a chance to learn perseverance-the infant who finally finds his thumb, the toddler who can build 6 blocks high and the preschooler who can put the puzzle together by herself.
Play fosters an understanding of Adult roles. Children enjoy pretending to be grown up. Children get the chance to gain the understanding of what it means to be a waiter, doctor, firefighter, mother and teacher. Whether a boy or a girl, they can play any role they desire. We discourage stereotyping gender roles or activities. We avoid aggressive play and encourage children to express anger in acceptable ways through words, clay, or other avenues that would avoid injury to others.
Play fosters intellectual (cognitive) development. Skills such as spatial relations, classification, sequencing, comparison, number concept, problem solving, ordering and matching all developed as children manipulate material such as blocks, legos, puzzles, and other toys. Play becomes the medium between the abstract world of ideas and concepts, and the concrete world of experience.
We believe the richer and more varied play experiences children have the greater their experimental base for cognitive learning. We support and encourage children's play because it is vital to their healthy development. Therefore, in our program there is opportunity for child-initiated, child-directed, teacher-initiated and teacher-supported play.
Discipline is also viewed as an individual growth process. While logical limits are set to promote a safe environment, these limits are explained to children in a way to assist them in developing self-control naturally. Basically, we hope the children learn that people and objects are treated with kindness. Since "testing" limits is normal and predictable for young children, the staff endeavors to be consistent, firm, and patient in implementing the discipline policy. Children are encouraged to find appropriate ways through words and gentle touches to express their feeling and needs. The staff listens, watches, models, guides, interacts, redirects, and mediates in situations children cannot resolve along with appropriate behaviors.
We believe that parents and families are important partners in our children's learning. Mutual sharing of information and insight about the individual child's needs and development strides help both the family and the program. We believe in the importance of consistency in a child's life and encourage parents to work closely with us in providing continuity and similarities between the center and the home.
With children spending all day in our center, it is important to fulfill this philosophy in a homelike atmosphere. We encourage all staff to be nurturing through individual attention, listening, love, respect and understanding of the child's needs. We try to provide an area in each room where children can find comfort or recluse-a space and time where children can sit alone and regroup for the next activity, a lap to sit on, a pillow to cuddle, and a hug for reassurance.
We believe children are our most valuable asset. We strive with you to give them the BEST!