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Daycare Programs

Amherst/Getzville Daycare Programs & Preschool Programs Creative Play Learning

Infant 1 – (6 weeks – 12 months)

“Trust, Love, Respect”

We believe that babies from birth to 12 months of age need security most of all.  Young infants thrive on the warmth and love that comes from a close relationship with a caregiver.  Feelings of safety and security influence the baby’s inclination to explore and grow. 

Comfort, Safety & Happiness

At CPLC, we are aware that the daily schedules of infants vary from child to child and are constantly changing as children grow and develop during their first year.  Our infant curriculum is based on the changing needs and different developmental stages of each individual child. Our philosophy during this important first year is that an infant’s needs be met on demand. Each infant classroom is a safe, clean, “no-shoes” environment.  There are special, infant-friendly play areas where tummy time, rolling over, sitting up, and crawling are encouraged. When appropriate, infants are taken outside in our baby buggies to enjoy fresh air and sunshine. Teachers and caregivers provide a relaxed, happy, joyful environment with music, age-appropriate toys and plenty of one-on-one time with each infant.

Infant Food/ Formula

Through participation of the Child and Adult Care Food Program, The Creative Play Learning Center in Cheektowaga will gladly provide infant formula, cereal, and food for your child at no extra charge. Parents may also choose to bring their own food. Our Getzville center is currently pursuing approval by the program and hopes to soon offer formula, cereal, and food.

Initial Family Visits

When you enroll your child in the Infant Program, we suggest making one or two appointments the week prior to your child’s first day. Visiting your child’s classroom and spending time with your child’s teachers will give you and your child a sense of familiarity and comfort. This will be an opportunity to begin building positive relationships with our caring, nurturing teachers and caregivers.  We also suggest bringing your child’s supplies in ahead of time, which will make your first drop off a bit easier.

What should parents provide?

Initial feeding & napping schedule for their child
Labeled & covered bottles- (Pre-filled if bringing own food)
Bibs
Burping/feeding cloths (labeled)
Pacifiers (labeled)
Diapers
Wipes
Diaper ointments, powders.
Extra changes of clothes (labeled)
Blanket (labeled)
Special cuddly nap toy (labeled)

Infant 2 (12 months – 18 months)

We believe that exploration takes center stage as the infant becomes more mobile.  Often curious and on the move, the mobile infant is on a quest to learn about the world.  As infants grow into their own identity, they look to adults for support and guidance.  Our caregivers provide trustworthy support and encouragement to mobile infants by making eye contact with them, talking and gesturing to them.  Under our warm and watchful eye, mobile infants will develop feelings of confidence and competence.  We understand that at this stage infants practice independence but very much need trusted adults as a secure base of support.

Wonder, Discovery & Growth

This energetic age group loves to explore their surroundings! Older Infants thrive in familiar environments where they have the freedom to learn through play. Our classrooms are designed especially for one-year olds with age-appropriate furnishings and a variety of educational toys to aid in their development. Consistency, familiarity and dependability are important concepts for one-year olds. Our teachers and caregivers strive to create an environment that encourages feelings of security and comfort during this formative year.

Older Infant teachers typically follow a daily schedule but may alter the day to meet the programming needs of the individual class. Children are given the opportunity to explore at their own pace and to develop a sense of wonder. One-year olds are discovering their sense of physical self by using their fine and gross motor skills. They are discovering a sense of how things work. They will be challenged by puzzles, blocks, chubby crayons, finger painting, puppets, stories, and pretend play. Outside play includes safe climbing on age-appropriate play equipment, sand/water box play and healthy exercise. Children will begin to learn and appreciate valuable social skills such as sharing, taking turns, compassion, respect and developing trusting relationships.


What will my child do today?

6:00am

  Arrivals
Parent/Teacher Information Exchange
Classroom Exploration

8:30am

  Breakfast: provided by the center

9:00am

  Morning Curriculum Activities:
Story Time
Music & Singing
Arts & Crafts
Outdoor Playtime
Cat Nap-for those napping or quiet playtime

11:30 am

  Clean up, diaper changing, hand washing
   Lunch: provided by the center

12:00 pm

  Afternoon Nap

2:30 pm

  Healthy Afternoon Snack: provided by the center

3:00 pm

  Afternoon Curriculum Activities:
Fine Motor Activity
Gross Motor Activity
Outdoor Playtime

4-6:00 pm

  Free Choice Activities – Departures

 

Toddlers (18 months – 3 years)

“On the Move!”

  • Toddlerhood is an exciting time.  Toddlers are curious of their surroundings and love to explore.  Our toddler rooms are designed to support their curiosity, and give them the freedom to discover and learn. Consistency and familiar settings are important concepts to toddlers. We offer a predictable sequence for the day to help children feel secure, while adapting our schedule and activities to meet individual needs and interests. We offer repetitive play, allowing children to master skills at their own pace.
  • We believe routine tasks such as eating, diapering/ toileting and dressing are important opportunities to help toddlers learn about their world, acquire skills, regulate their own behavior, and develop self-esteem.  Meal times include finger foods and utensils that are easy for toddlers to use. 
  • Knowing toddlers are exploring their freedom and boundaries, we set clear, consistent limits.  We use positive guidance techniques to guide children towards appropriate behavior.

What should Parents bring?

  • 1-2 complete change of clothes
  • Blanket, cuddly toy, pacifier (if needed)
  • Diapers, Wipes, ointment
  • Please make sure all materials are labeled with your child’s full name

 

What will my child do today?

6:00 am

Arrivals
Parent/Teacher Information Exchange
Classroom Exploration

8:30

Breakfast: provided by the center

9:00 

Morning Curriculum Activities:
Circle Time
Center Based Play
Story Time
Music & Singing
Arts & Crafts
Outdoor Playtime

11:30          

Clean up, diapering toileting, hand washing
Lunch
: provided by the center

12:00 

Afternoon Nap

3:00

Healthy Afternoon Snack: provided by the center

3:30 

Afternoon Curriculum Activities:
Fine Motor Activity
Gross Motor Activity
Outdoor Playtime

4-6:00

Free Choice Activities – Departures

Preschool (3-5 years)

“A community of learning!”

  • We ensure that our classroom functions as a caring community.  We help our children learn to establish positive, constructive relationships with adults and other children.  We support children’s friendships and provide opportunity for children to learn from each other as well as from adults. 
  • To help children develop self-confidence and positive feelings towards learning, we provide opportunities for them to accomplish meaningful tasks and to participate in learning experiences in which they can succeed while being challenged to work on the edge of their developing capabilities. 
  • We allow time for children to work in small, flexible groups.  Whole group time is used as an opportunity to build a sense of community and shared purpose.  Children learn and build off of ideas that come from others. In a community of learners, children are encouraged to communicate and express ideas in many ways. This develops a desire to read, write and listen.

 

A School Readiness Learning Environment

The importance of a strong academic foundation is paramount for young children. Your child will be learning many skills needed for a successful transition into kindergarten. Our goal is for each child to be confident and eager to join in a structured kindergarten classroom setting.

In order to prepare children for kindergarten, our teachers use different researched-based teaching strategies.  The Creative Curriculum, Handwriting Without Tears, and NYS curriculum guidelines are just some of the tools teachers implement in the classroom. 


What will my child do today?

6:00 am

Arrivals
Parent/Teacher Information Exchange
Classroom Exploration

8:30

Breakfast: provided by the center

9:00 

Morning Curriculum Activities:
Circle Time
Music & Singing
Story Time
Outdoor Playtime
Arts & Crafts

Learning Centers:
Reading
Music
Floor/Block Play
Writing
Science
Table Toys/Manipulatives
Art
Computers
Dramatic Play

Enrichment Programs:
Field Trips (several times a year)
Music & Movement Class

11:30           

Clean up, Toileting, hand washing
Lunch: provided by the center

12:00 

Afternoon Nap

3:00

Healthy Afternoon Snack: provided by the center

3:30 

Afternoon Curriculum Activities:
Fine Motor Activity
Gross Motor Activity
Outdoor Playtime

4-6:00

Free Choice Activities – Departures

Before & After School Program
(Getzville Location ONLY)

Our Before & After School Program operates during the public school year from September through mid-June.

Children are transported to and from the local schools via the Cheektowaga Central or Williamsville bus transportation contract. When children arrive in the afternoon they are provided  with a healthy snack, time to do their homework, and have outdoor and indoor free choice time.

The School-Age Program is also available for half days, holidays, school vacations, as well as weather related closings. As a rule, The Creative Play Learning Center is usually open for most public school weather related closings and is able to provide space for school-age children.

School-age children may attend Creative Play on the following School Holidays/Closings:
Election Day
Veteran’s Day
School Recesses
President’s Day
Good Friday
Teacher Conference Days
Professional Development Days
Snow Days – When CPLC is open
Half Days

Summer Camp Program

Our Summer Camp Program runs from mid-June through the end of August. The Summer Camp Program is a great place for school-age children to spend their summer. Weekly themes such as Camping, Olympics, Rain Forest and Ocean study provide an inspiration for a variety of age-appropriate activities.   Weekly field trips to places of interests in the community provide extra fun and learning.

Summer campers enjoy arts, crafts, social group time, music, outdoor games, sports and safe water play (no pools). Each summer the program is tailored to meet the needs and requests of our summer campers. It is a fun, exciting age-appropriate program that kids look forward to all year!

Field Trips (include but not limited to):

Zoo
An afternoon at the movies
Farm
Science museum
Nature Parks
Baseball Game
Pumpkin Patch