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Program

The Nook has classrooms separated by developmental levels, generally categorized as:

  • Infants
  • Wobblers (Older Infants)
  • Toddlers (Generally starting at 15-18 months)
  • Tikes (Generally starting at 24 months)
  • Each individual sites' classrooms are determined by our directors to cater to your child's growth

Our innovative curriculum is a mix of Creative Curriculum with splashes of the Reggio Emilia approach. A deeper description of this unique curriculum can be found here. 

Our curriculum is all child-centered and is based on the needs and interests of the children in that specific classroom at that time.

We email parents a daily report for each child utilizing our daily reporting app. Daily reports will keep you informed of the daily activities and learning experience that happen at The Nook.

 
 
 
 
 

Enrichment Programs

o   Music and Movement by ‘WeeGroove’ music program

o   Spanish Immersion

o   CLAYNGUAGE

CLAYNGUAGE is a Nook exclusive 6-8 week clay-based activities course designed to enhance communication skills and offer exposure to pottery.

CLAYNGUAGE offers an opportunity for children to engage in clay activities as they continue to develop creative forms of artistic and verbal expression.

Hinda Rubin, Speech and Language Pathologist developed CLAYNGUAGE to combine her passions of Speech and Language Pathology and pottery. Hinda will collaborate with our staff to share her specialties in communication and ceramics, with emphasis on expanding receptive and expressive language and vocabulary as well as offering an opportunity to become young budding ceramicists.

As Loris Malaguzzi, founder of Reggio Emilio stated: “The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.”
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Some of the benefits of working with clay include learning cause and effect and uninhibited expression. This occurs as the children engage in activities while manipulating a variety of clays and using ceramic tools and items from their natural environment. The multisensory experiences generate new neurons and synapses in the brain. The open-ended questions used in CLAYNGUAGE such as “Can you tell me more about this?” emphasize abstract reasoning and also help create an environment conducive to uninhibited expression.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Meals

o   The Nook provides breakfast, lunch, and snack.

o   We serve meals out of our own kitchen featuring gourmet all-organic meals

o   We serve all organic food across the board

o   We provide our organic home-made baby food and supply a house-formula and bottles. It is your choice whether you choose to use it or not. We accommodate breast milk and any other food or formulas you would like to supply from home.

 
 
 
 

Safety & Security

o   Safety and security is our main goal. We do everything we can to keep the children safe at all times.

o   The front door to our center will remain open at all times. This is for the convenience of our families to get into the door and out of the cold. There is a separate door separating the lobby from the classrooms. That door is remained locked at all times. We have a buzzer system that only the director and staff members have access to. No one will be let in unless identified by the Director or a staff member.  If you have authorized a person other than the child’s parent or guardian to pick your child up, then they will be ID'd before allowed back to the classrooms.

The center’s environment is all child-friendly and classrooms have been baby proofed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What to bring on your first day

What to bring on your first day

o   Infant Room:

  • Bottles prepped, labeled, and dated (unless using the centers)
  • A pacifier (if needed)
  • Diapers and wipes
  • A swaddle (if need be; we will provide these as well unless your baby needs a specific one)
  • 2 changes of clothes
  • Diaper cream
  • Anything else your baby needs, i.e.: teething tablets, ibuprofen, sunscreen, sunhat, orajel, etc.
  • Any specific instructions to tell your child’s teachers in order to take proper care of your child

o   Wobbler Room:

  • Bottles prepped, labeled, and dated (unless using the centers)
  • A pacifier (if needed)
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Diaper cream
  • A water bottle
  • Sleep sack (if needed)
  • 2 changes of clothes
  • Anything else your baby needs, i.e.: teething tablets, ibuprofen, sunscreen, orajel, sunhat etc.
  • Any specific instructions to tell your child’s teachers in order to take proper care of your child

o   Toddler Room:

  • A pacifier (if needed)
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Diaper cream
  • A water bottle
  • 2 changes of clothes
  • Blanket and favorite nap time toy (both optional; we provide blankets and sheets)
  • Any specific instructions to tell your child’s teachers in order to take proper care of your child

o   Tikes Room:

  • Diapers and wipes
  • Diaper cream
  • A water bottle
  • 2 changes of clothes
  • Blanket and favorite nap time toy (both optional; we provide blankets and sheets)
  • Any specific instructions to tell your child’s teachers in order to take proper care of your child

 

Behavioral Guidance

Some ways that we guide and develop positive behaviors here at The Nook:

  • We work with all the children on sign language. This helps the children and staff communicate with one another so there is no frustration on either end.
  • We encourage those who are walking to place their cup in the cart’s bucket to be washed in the kitchen. This gives them a very small sense of responsibility that we can later grow into more accountability.
  • In the Toddler and Tikes rooms, the children are encouraged to place their plates in the bins along with their cups.
  • In the Tikes Room, the children are taught to ask to be excused from the table before they clean up their plate. This teaches good manners to the children and really helps the teachers in the room monitor their food intake and keep control of the classroom.
  • If a child hurts another child, instead of forcing the children to say sorry, we work it out with them. We give them the words to help work through the situation. The child who hurt the other child would say: “Are you okay?” If the child responds “No” then the child is then prompted to say, “What will make you feel better?” Whether it be a hug, high-five, fist bump, etc. Just something that closes the situation so the children can move on from it. After repetition of this, the children will start doing it on their own. That is when you know you are doing something right. The children will take it into their own hands to solve their own problems. This is most prevalent in preschool but starting it young would be a great benefit to our Toddlers and Tikes.

The Nook Director and Staff members are your greatest resource. We have cared for countless children and have most likely seen almost everything. We are here for you. Please use us if you have any questions regarding your child’s development or behavior. We would be happy to give you our opinions. If we do not know that answer, we will be happy to do some research for you to find the answer or additional advice for you.