Carousel of Love Daycare is a Licensed Group Family Daycare Home for 23 plus years. We have a great location just off Rte 13 and we are only 10 minutes to Cornell, Cortland and 5 minutes to TC3.
We use our downstairs floor for daycare-living room, kitchen, playroom, and ( 2 downstairs bedrooms and living room for napping)
INSIDE: We have a computer for the kids -that have educational games-we have toys for dramatic play, creative play, circle time (weather wheel, calendar) story time, baking and cooking, games, puzzles, music, we work on writing letters and numbers (age appropriate) Music and movement and lots of one on one time with providers. We hold babies and toddlers and play with them and give them lots of love and attention.
OUTSIDE: We have a very large fenced in yard with a great Playground. In the summer children can help with our daycare garden. We explore bugs and birds.
ANIMALS: Providers have 2 very lovable Jack Russells, 3 cats (who don't come around the children) and 2 Cockatiel birds, in their cage all the time.
EQUIPMENT: I have 6 portable cribs, every child has there own crib or mat with sleeping bag, 4 highchairs, lots of toys (I pull out toys and equipment from storage (20yrs plus of stuff). In the summer I have a bounce house and huge water slide and I have riding toys and huge playground.
SCHEDULE: We do have a daily schedule (it is flexible). I believe children need a schedule-routine but I do like spontaneousness when occasions arise.
We play a variety of games, read a variety of books, and do a variety of activities-age appropriate Arts and Crafts that will help develop fine motor skills and help children be creative.
Children help cook and bake through out the year.
Free play help to develop social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills
Lots of all kind of outdoor activities-inspire, experimenting, fun and friendship.
WE Change Diapers and Children go to the Bathroom when Needed
6:30am-9:00am children arrive (they have free play)
9:00-9:30am eat breakfast
9:30-10:00 activity with children
10:00-10:40 were outside with children (unless bad weather)
10:40-10:55 we come in take off shoes, jackets, Take care of outside toys
10:55-11:15 read books or small activity
11:15-11:30 wash hands and get ready for lunch
11:55-12:10 bathroom time and get ready for naps
12:15-2:15ish nap time
2:15 ish-2:30 bathroom time (wash hands)
2:30-3:00pm get ready for snack
3:00-3:30 snack time
3:30-4:00 free play (get ready to go outside if nice out)
4:00-outside or plan activity
4:30 get ready to go home and independent play