Our Child Care Philosophy
The Penacook Community Center provides a safe, warm and nurturing home-like environment where the developmental needs, interest and maturity levels of children 21 months to 12 years old are met. All of our well-trained professional educators bring learning to life with a structured age-appropriate curriculum that nurtures and facilitates growth through each stage of development. We provide a balance of teacher-directed and self-directed activities that enrich and enhance each child’s social, emotional, physical, creative and cognitive growth. We facilitate the development of each child’s intellectual competence and provide exceptional care that is supportive, nurturing and responsive to each child’s needs. It is our intention, through a well planned developmentally appropriate curriculum, along with the encouragement of skilled, enthusiastic teachers, that the children will develop a positive self image as they experience the joy and challenges of engaging in life experiences that help them learn and grow.
We strongly believe that to teach is to touch someone’s life forever.
Our stimulating age-appropriate environments are designed to provide a multitude of rich learning experiences that facilitate personal growth. From blocks to books, to puppets to paper, to imaginative play areas to musical instruments, there are endless assortments of activities that engage the children’s interest and stimulate their minds. There are extensive opportunities for experiential learning to take place both in and out of the classroom during large and small group activities as well as during solitary play. There are many opportunities for children to be creative and practice social interaction skills and problem-solving skills as they interact with their peers in many of the thematic and free play areas found in the classroom.
Parental and family involvement is a very important part of our program because it helps build strong foundations in social and emotional development. We encourage family involvement and interaction with special Family Fun Nights, holiday get-togethers, special multicultural celebrations and interactive end of year sing-a-longs. We also provide family webinars, handouts and training opportunities to share best practices and tools to promote healthy social and emotional development. We encourage family-teacher interaction and to maintain an open door policy where parents may stop in and join their child for some fun in the classroom at any time during the day. We believe that parents and teachers are partners in each child’s care and education. We understand that every child is unique and we consistently work with each family as reciprocal partners to help each child develop their full potential.