Mom's Day Out

Our Mom’s Day Out Program is a great learning opportunity for your child and a worry-free time for parents. It allows parents of children ages 6 weeks to 5 years to have the time they need every week to get things done, or simply begin introducing their children to the world around them. We offer flexible part-time schedules.

Allowing your child to be part of a class with others their age will help them develop the social skills and motor skills they need to prepare for continued education. They will read stories, play games, do crafts, and get all the love and play time children their age need. Lots of fun learning happens at Hearts & Minds!

You can participate in both Mom’s Day Out and Preschool by signing up for one AM and the other PM.

Classrooms

Our infant program focuses on babies feeling loved and secure along with supporting each child’s growth and development by including daily activities for physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. Our team of teachers encourages the infants to develop their motor, language and social skills each day! Our infant program is designed to be an extended family to your child, where we try to mimic your child’s schedule from what they are used to at home.

Classroom

The infants’ classroom is set up in a “home-like” environment. They will have opportunities to rock with teachers during feedings or sad times, large playroom to explore with our teachers, tummy time to discover their world around them and a separate sleeping area for napping.

 

A.M. Schedule

9:00-9:30          Arrival Time, floor play, label and put away lunches

9:30-10:00       Story time

10:00-10:20     Snack time

10:20-10:40     Change Diapers

10:40-11:00     Whole group learning time

11:00-11:15     Main Craft, teacher let activities, song time

11:15-11:30     Change diapers for those going home

11:30-11:45     Get lunches out for those on solid foods

11:45                   Dismiss AM class, start Lunch Pals

 

P.M. Schedule

11:45-12:15       Lunch Pals

12:15-1:00         Change diapers, get down for naps, wash toys and dishes, clean chairs

1:00-2:30            Naptime, playtime

2:30-3:00            Change diapers, pack up lunches

 

What to Bring on the First Day

  • Please bring an extra change of clothes in a gallon Ziploc bag with your child’s name on it the first week.  We will store it here during the session for those “whoops” moments and return it at the end of each session.
  • LABEL items including:  coats, bottles, diapers, blankets, and soothing items such as pacifiers, lunch items, and diaper bags.  Please label any item you would not want to lose.
  • There is no need to bring bibs, feeding utensils, or sippy cups (unless there is a specific style of cup your child prefers)
  • Formula/Bottles:  Please LABEL your formula and/or bottle.  If you are bringing breast milk, we do need to have the date that the milk was expressed and/or frozen.  We will mark it with the date we received it.  We do have our freezer available if you would like us to store an extra bag/bottle of “just in case” breast milk.
  • Community Snacks:  All snacks must be peanut free! Here are some ideas of what you could bring: Puffs, Graham crackers, dried fruit, cheese crackers, cereal bars, boxed cereal, vanilla wafers, veggies straws, pretzels or teddy grahams.
  • Kleenex and wipes
  • DiapersFor infant room we can keep a stack of diapers in their cubbies and tell you when they are running low.
  • “Tell us about your child” forms:  Please have this form completed on or before your child’s first day. 

Please fill out the backside of a green daily sheet each day so that we know when your child last ate, how he or she slept the night before, or any special concerns or instructions for the day. We will fill out the other side during your child’s day with us.

Our toddler program is designed around the understanding that at the age of 12 months, each toddler is now developing new ways to express their need to interact with parents, friends and teachers. Our Toddler Program is about creating experiences that are active, sensory-based and meaningful. Toddlers are encouraged to make independent choices, develop self-help skills and begin to solve problems. Our teachers get to know each child, learn their interests and plan developmentally appropriate, engaging activities. We love to read, sing and play with the children.

Classroom

The infants’ classroom is set up in a “home-like” environment. They will have opportunities to rock with teachers during feedings or sad times, large playroom to explore with our teachers and a separate sleeping area for napping.

We also have a courtyard playground that is fully enclosed and age appropriate.

 

A.M. Schedule

9:00-9:30              Arrival Time, Playtime with Teachers

9:30- 10:00          Large Motor Play or Outside Play (weather permitting)

10:00 – 10:30     Snack, Story time, Craft time

10:30-10:45        First Diaper Check, Teacher Led Activities (puzzles, books, hand-on-table)

10:45-11:30        Song Time, Stroller Time, Interactive Teacher Play

11:30-11:45        Second Diaper Check (we will change your child at least once during the morning)

Prepare for Pickup

11:45                    End of Morning Session

 

P.M. Schedule

11:45-12:15         Lunch

12:15-12:30         Pick up time for Lunch Pals, Arrival Time for PM Children

12:30- ???            Diaper Check, nap time for all day toddlers

12:30 – 1:15        Interactive Teacher Time

1:15-1:30              Diaper Check

1:30-1:45              Music & Song Time

1:45- 2:00             Snack Time

2:00 – 2:30           Open Play Time, Outside Play

2:30-2:45              Diaper Check

2:45-3:00              Ready for Pick up

* We are not allowed to put sunscreen on your child.  Please apply sunscreen before your child joins us for the day.

 

What to Bring on the First Day

  • Please bring an extra change of clothes in a gallon Ziploc bag with your child’s name on it the first week.  We will store it here during the session for those “whoops” moments and return it at the end of each session.
  • LABEL items including:  coats, bottles, diapers, blankets, and soothing items such as pacifiers, lunch items, and diaper bags.  Please label any item you would not want to lose.
  • Nap/Soothing Items:  Please LABEL your blankets, sleep sacks, stuff animals, etc. Bring an item that will comfort your child and help them sleep.
  • Formula/Bottles:  Please LABEL your formula and/or bottle.  If you are bringing breast milk, we do need to have the date that the milk was expressed and/or frozen.  We will mark it with the date we received it.
  • Community Snacks:  All snacks must be peanut free! Here are some ideas of what you could bring: Fruit snacks, Graham crackers, dried fruit, cheese crackers, Ritz crackers, boxed cereal, vanilla wafers, veggies straws, pretzels or teddy grahams.
  • Kleenex and wipes
  • DiapersWe can keep a stack of diapers in your child’s cubby.  We have storage for extra diapers so feel free to bring a whole package.  We will let you know when your child is running low.
  • Tell us about your child” forms:  Please have this form completed on or before your child’s first day. 

Please fill out the backside of a green daily sheet each day so that we know when your child last ate, how he or she slept the night before, or any special concerns or instructions for the day. We will fill out the other side during your child’s day with us.

Our two year old program is designed around the understanding that at this age, each toddler is now developing their own independence and new ways to express their needs. Two year olds are encouraged to make independent choices, develop self-help skills and begin to solve problems. They also practice listening skills and through our large group activities learn to be part of a group and follow directions.

Activities include music and movement, outdoor play, practical life and sensory activities, arts and crafts, story and sharing times, dramatic play, and lots of laughter. We strive to meet your child’s physical, intellectual, social, and emotional needs. We feel children learn best in a loving, organized, natural learning environment. Your child will learn something new everyday by being a part of our extended family. Your child will learn important values such as patience, sharing, responsibility, compassion for self and others, communication, and teamwork. Your child will also learn how to paint, play with dough, cut with scissors, color with crayons, and the beginning stages of reading. Your child will always be encouraged to use his/her imagination while creating artwork, manipulating his/her own ideas and thoughts on paper, or other concrete materials.

Classroom

The two year old room is set up in a “home-like” environment.  We have two rooms to accommodate with 12 kids in each room.  It provides a spacious classroom for crafts and snack, play area with different toy stations, cubby and coat areas, and separate restroom for potty training ease.

 

A.M. Schedule

9:00-9:15              Arrival Time, Table Toys with Teachers

9:15-9:35              Circle Time Stories and Songs

9:35-10:00           Craft and Teacher Led Activities at Tables

10:00-10:15         Potty and Diapers, Wash Hands

10:15-10:30         Snack

10:30-10:55         Outdoor Courtyard or Large Motor Room

10:55-11:30         Center Time, Potty Time first, Diapers second

11:30-11:45          Whole Group Learning Time

11:45                       Dismiss AM class, start Lunch Pals

11:45-12:15           Lunch Pals

 

P.M. Schedule

12:20-1:00              Outdoor Courtyard or Large Motor Room

1:00-1:15                 Diapers, Potty, Hand Washing

1:15-2:45                 Naptime

2:45-3:00                Snack, Dismissal

 

Class Notes:

2 Year Old Room – blue rooms

What to Bring on the First Day

  • Diapers/Pull-ups:  Your child has a cubby where we can keep an
  • Extra change of clothes:  Please place this in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name.
  • Snacks/Wipes/Kleenex: Bring a large box of snacks to share with the class.  All snacks must be peanut free! Here are some ideas of what you could bring: Fruit snacks, Graham crackers, dried fruit, cheese crackers, Ritz crackers, boxed cereal, vanilla wafers, veggies straws, pretzels or teddy grahams.
  • If your child stays for lunch, please label their lunch box and they will bring their lunchbox into the room with them.  Each room has a refrigerator to hold lunches.
  • Your child’s coat should be labeled and hung on the hooks outside his/her room. ** We will mark unlabeled items.  Each child gets 2 coat hooks and will have a name tag.
  • If your child stays all day, please bring nap items (labeled) and hang them on their coat hook. It is easier if nap items are in a bag or in their backpack. There isn’t an abundance of room, so please limit the size of nap items. They lie on cots and enjoy having their own items to rest with.
  • We ask you take their nap items home each night not only for cleanliness but we are a multi-facility and have programming in the evenings as well.
  • Your child will have a weekly craft which will be located in the bins inside the room –don’t forget to pick those up!

Our 3 Year Old program focuses on school readiness with a structured daily schedule that teaches social skills, listening skills and respect for our friends. Our team helps to strengthen each child’s decision making and self help skills in a safe supportive environment. You will see caregivers sitting with your child in teacher led activities such as puzzles, learning games, and hands on activities. Large group time is a priority that helps your child learn to be a part of a group and also gives them an opportunity to express themselves. We will do our best to individualize our program to meet the needs of your child’s development.

Activities include music and movement, outdoor play, practical life and sensory activities, arts and crafts, story and sharing times, dramatic play, and lots of laughter. We strive to meet your child’s physical, intellectual, social, and emotional needs. We feel children learn best in a loving, organized, natural learning environment. Your child will learn something new everyday by being a part of our extended family. Your child will learn important values such as patience, sharing, responsibility, compassion for self and others, communication, and teamwork. Your child will also learn how to paint, play with dough, cut with scissors, color with crayons, and the beginning stages of reading. Your child will always be encouraged to use his/her imagination while creating artwork, manipulating his/her own ideas and thoughts on paper, or other concrete materials.

Classroom

The 3 year old classroom is set up to allow your child to involve themselves in independent decision making in their classroom. The children can explore dramatic play, craft activities, and discover with our hands on tables.

 

A.M. Schedule

9:00-9:15                Arrival Time, Table Toys with Teachers

9:15-9:45                Outside Playground or Salt and Light Large Motor Room

9:45-10:00              Bathroom and Wash Hands

10:00-10:15            Snack

10:15-10:35            Circle Time, story time, introduce theme

10:35-10:55            Main Craft, Songs and Finger plays with other group

10:55-11:20            Centers

11:20-11:30            Bathroom, Wash Hands

11:30-11:45             Whole Group Learning Time

11:45                         Dismiss AM class, start Lunch Pals

 

P.M. Schedule

11:45-12:15             Lunch Pals

12:20-12:30             Dance Time, Theme Song, Movement Activities

12:30-12:45             Bathroom and Hand Washing

12:45-1:30                Center Time and Main Craft for afternoon crafters

1:30-2:00                   Outside Playground or Salt and Light Large Motor Room

2:00-2:15                   Snack

2:15-3:00                   Rest Time and Dismissal

 

3 Year Old Room (first pink room)

  • Community Snacks: All snacks must be peanut free! Here are some ideas of what you could bring: Fruit snacks, Graham crackers, dried fruit, cheese crackers, Ritz crackers, boxed cereal, vanilla wafers, veggies straws, pretzels or teddy grahams.
  • Your child will have two coat hooks next to each other located in the hall.  Please place coats, backpacks, and nap items (for afternoon only) on the hook. It is easier if nap items are in a bag or in their backpack.  There isn’t an abundance of room, so please limit the size of nap items.
  • We ask you take their nap items home each night not only for cleanliness but we are a multi-facility and have programming in the evenings as well.
  • Please LABEL all items…coats, backpacks, blankets, pillow pets, etc.
  • If your child stays for lunch, please label their lunch box and they will bring their lunchbox into the room with them.  Each room has a refrigerator to hold lunches.
  • If your child is not yet potty trained, please place diapers or pull-ups/change of clothes in a labeled Ziploc. We will keep them in their rooms. We ask that you utilize pull-ups that open on both sides for convenience.
  • Children in any of our Mom’s Day Out rooms do not need to be potty trained. However, we encourage you to look for signs of readiness to begin the toilet training process. We will work with you toward achieving this goal. Again, please use pull-ups that open on both sides. This helps makes bathroom time go smoother and quicker.

Our 4/5 Year Old program focuses on school readiness with a structured daily schedule that teaches social skills, listening skills and respect for our friends. Our team helps to strengthen each child’s decision making and self help skills in a safe supportive environment. You will see caregivers sitting with your child in teacher led activities such as puzzles, learning games, and hands on activities. Large group time is a priority that helps your child learn to be a part of a group and also gives them an opportunity to express themselves. We will do our best to individualize our program to meet the needs of your child’s development.

Activities include music and movement, outdoor play, practical life and sensory activities, arts and crafts, story and sharing times, dramatic play, and lots of laughter. We strive to meet your child’s physical, intellectual, social, and emotional needs. We feel children learn best in a loving, organized, natural learning environment. Your child will learn something new everyday by being a part of our extended family. Your child will learn important values such as patience, sharing, responsibility, compassion for self and others, communication, and teamwork. Your child will also learn how to paint, play with dough, cut with scissors, color with crayons, and the beginning stages of reading. Your child will always be encouraged to use his/her imagination while creating artwork, manipulating his/her own ideas and thoughts on paper, or other concrete materials.

Classroom

The Big Kid classroom is set up to allow your child to involve themselves in independent decision making in their classroom. The children can explore dramatic play, craft activities, and discover hands on tables.

A.M. Schedule

9:00-9:15                  Arrival Time, Table Toys with Teachers

9:15-9:40                  Circle Time, story time introduce theme

9:40-10:05                Large Motor Room

10:05-10:25             Snack, wash hands

10:25-10:55             Centers

10:55-11:15             Main Craft & Extra Craft

11:15-11:35             Whole Group Learning Time

11:35-11:45             Bathroom & wash hands

11:45                         Dismiss AM class, start Lunch Pals

 

P.M. Schedule

11:45-12:15               Lunch Pals

12:20-12:30               Books, dance music time**

12:30-1:00                 Main Craft for afternoon crafters/ Extra Craft/ Teacher Led Table Games

1:00-1:30                   Outside Playground or Large Motor Room

1:30-1:50                    Learning Centers

1:50-2:00                    Bathroom and Hand Washing

2:00-2:15                    Snack

2:15-3:00                    Rest Time and Dismissal

 

Class Notes:

  • Community Snacks: All snacks must be peanut free! Here are some ideas of what you could bring: Fruit snacks, Graham crackers, dried fruit, cheese crackers, Ritz crackers, boxed cereal, vanilla wafers, veggies straws, pretzels or teddy grahams.
  • Your child will have two coat hooks next to each other located in the hall.  Please place coats, backpacks, and nap items (for afternoon only) on the hook. It is easier if nap items are in a bag or in their backpack. There isn’t an abundance of room, so please limit the size of nap items.
  • We ask you take their nap items home each night not only for cleanliness but we are a multi-facility and have programming in the evenings as well.
  • Please LABEL all items…coats, backpacks, blankets, pillow pets, etc.
  • If your child stays for lunch, please label their lunch box and they will bring their lunchbox into the room with them. Each room has a refrigerator to hold lunches.
  • If your child is not yet potty trained, please place diapers or pull-ups/change of clothes in a labeled Ziploc.  We will keep them in their rooms. We ask that you utilize pull-ups that open on both sides for convenience.

Helpful Information

Our team, made of highly passionate and qualified caregivers, is certified in CPR and First Aide training. Our teachers take a personal responsibility to keep updated on trainings that impact this age group.  Hearts & Minds inspects the safety of the program’s environment and keeps our facility clean and neat.

Hearts & Minds knows how important it is to keep parents involved in their child’s daily activities, development and milestones. That’s why we provide you with the following:

  • Daily verbal interaction from the teacher about your child’s day
  • The building of personal relationships with each family
  • Encouraging daily/weekly calls or emails from parents to our team to support communication
  • Open door facility; we promote parent visits to our facility at anytime to observe or participate in their child’s day

We understand that dropping off your child whether for the first time or multiple times, can be difficult and tug on the heart strings. The first day can be overwhelming as the halls can appear hectic with so many people (as we all settle into our routines, the halls appear less busy).  Please help us make this time less stressful by adhering to the following guidelines:

 

  • Please do not attempt to sneak out without saying goodbye to your child.
  • Bring your child to the door, reassure them you will return later, hug/kiss them.
  • As difficult as it may be, make your good-bye short and sweet, even if your child is crying. The longer you prolong your good-byes, the more upset children will become. For this reason, we try to discourage coming into the room at drop off time.
  • MDO Teachers are equipped to handle these difficult, but normal occurrences. The teacher will comfort your child, guide them into an activity or hold them until they quiet down. Most of the time, your child will have stopped crying before you get out of the parking lot of the facility.  Transition can be difficulat and you can rest assured that our teachers will lovingly help your child through this time.
  • Do not linger around after you have said goodbye (where they can see & hear you), this can confuse your child and prolong crying. Feel free to call to check on your child, especially in the early days.

Your children will be in a completely locked area during their stay with us. Doors will be locked after arrival time.  If you arrive after that time, you will be let in by the front desk manager.

 

EVERYONE will need to sign in AND sign out your children. This will ensure we have accurate attendance records for safety and licensing requirements. You will be responsible to stop at the front desk area at drop-off time and pick up time to sign in/out your child and you are required to walk your child to their classroom after you’ve signed in.

 

The sign-ins have a column for who will be picking up your child.  If this changes through out the day, please notify the front desk manager by calling the church office or emailing at hearts&minds@westwoodchurch.net   If we don’t recognize or if the name is not on your enrollment form, we will ID the individual.

 

Please fill out the backside of a green daily sheet each day so that we know when your child last ate, how he or she slept the night before, or any special concerns or instructions for the day. We will fill out the other side during your child’s day with us.

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