Toddler and preschool care from an experienced teacher
At Child’s Place, we believe that children need to first feel welcomed, valued, and loved in their environment in order to be open to learning. The relationship that teachers build with young children reflects the learning and teaching that happens mutually between the them. When a child feels valued and loved (regardless of race, gender, religion, and/or economic status) they can trust and become open to all kinds of incredible experiences.
Young children learn by having full-on sensory adventures. Children take in information on every level, by touching, smelling, tasting, hearing and seeing the world around them. Their whole bodies are involved in the learning process, and therefore their whole bodies must be stimulated. A good teacher will include multiple learning possibilities within multiple domains, and allow the child space and time to be fully engaged.
To us, play provides children with many opportunities for learning. Play allows children to make sense of the world around them, while developing social and cognitive skills, maturing emotionally and gaining the self-confidence that they will need to engage in new adventures and environments. It is the teacher’s responsibility to create safe spaces for play, where they can have a variety of learning experiences. The child should be provided with open-ended materials that stretch the imagination and create opportunities to build social and problem-solving skills. There should be room for children to laugh, sing, dance, get really messy, and ask tons of questions. A child’s work is to play.
We know that children also learn by example and imitation. As teachers and caregivers we need to be the people we hope our children will become. We must respect and value each other, our environment, and the learning process if we expect children to do the same. Teachers are responsible for giving children the vocabulary they need to express themselves and their emotions appropriately, for teaching them how they can be responsible for the world they live in and how they contribute to its health and well being. Teachers must also find ways to keep the learning exciting and relevant for young children.
Our favorite part about being educators is that children enter the world with love and purpose and come to us prepared to learn. I know that they need us to be supportive while also stepping back and allowing them to be independent. I know that they will look to us for answers and understanding, and we must be honest and patient as we guide them towards their own answers and understanding. I know that we have to be teachers as well as students among young children.
Director and Head Teacher, Cherysse Calhoun
Cherysse has a BA in Human Development with a focus on Early Childhood Development, has taken several Early Childhood Education courses, holds a Site Supervisor Permit from California Teacher Credentialing, has completed coursework and been certified by Lifeways (a Waldorf inspired training program), has attended several trainings on diversity, literacy, math, and STEM for early learners through First 5 and the I3 Institute, and has been working with children for many years in the preschool setting as well as reading and mentoring programs. Teacher Cherysse is a mother of 4, and believes that working with children has brought her the greatest joy next to being a mom.
Assistant Teacher, D’Asia Galathe
Teacher D’Asia has taken 12 units in Early Childhood Education, has an Assistant Teacher Permit from California Teacher Credentialing, and has 3 years experience teaching in the preschool environment.
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