Environments

Child Care Center in Eau Claire, WI


 

Days Gone By Early Learning offers faith-based principles and developmentally appropriate lesson plans for your children. We offer a back-to-basics program that promotes learning through play, in addition to Preschool & School Age programs, as well as Summer programming.

We are dedicated to serving children and their families and believe that children learn best through play and hands-on experiences. Our teachers are trained in child development and have an understanding of the amazing ways that each child has been created. With these things in mind, the activities and educational opportunities that are made available to children are both interesting and challenging to them.

We want the children to be excited to be with us as they discover, explore, and play. Along with all of these experiences, we also feel that it is very important for children to have opportunities to practice and develop their social and emotional skills, such as sharing, kindness, and using words to express themselves. We utilize character education to help children learn how to accept and appreciate each other and the world around them. As a faith-based program, we strongly believe that God created each child to be a special, unique person with a wonderful purpose. It is our greatest desire to work with parents in an effort to help each child find that purpose.

A typical day at our program will be different for each age group, dependent upon their development, but overall will include the following:


Morning
Free Play

 Including: Small group play, Puzzles, Library, Dramatic Play & more

Breakfast
Morning Gathering / Large Group

 Including: Music & Movement, Story Time &/or Christian Ed

Learning Centers / Free Choice Time

 Including: Art, Music, Dramatic Play, Library, Science, Math & more

Outside Play

(every day, weather permitting)
 Including: Free Play & Organized Games

Lunch
Quiet / Rest Time

 After 30 minutes of rest, children who do not nap will be allowed to work on quiet activities individually or in small groups while the other children nap

Snack
Outside Play

 Every day, weather permitting

Evening
Free Play & Good-byes

Each infant and toddler has been created to be a unique and special individual. Children under two years of age will have a flexible schedule, which reflects the child’s individual needs. They will be given individual attention, including lots of time for talking.

The first two years of a child’s life are critical for brain and language development. Babies are born with an amazing ability and desire to learn. They investigate sights, sounds, and the feel of the world all around them through all of their senses. Long before they begin to walk or talk, they need safe places where they can explore. The body position of non-mobile infants and their location in the classroom will be changed frequently.

We will provide safe, open spaces for children who are creeping and crawling. Infants and toddlers will be encouraged to play with a wide variety of safe toys and objects that will encourage their language, small motor, and large motor development. You will hear reading, songs, and many conversations taking place in these younger age groups. A daily written report will be maintained and shared with parents, documenting what each child ate, when they slept, and when they wet or soiled a diaper. Parents will use this report to share information with us about the child’s night and morning activities, as well as their disposition.

Each child has been created to be a unique and special individual. Young children learn best through active interaction and exploration. Teachers develop what we call “learning centers,” which are planned activities and experiences for children to play, explore, discover, and create. This active, hands-on learning allows children to learn through all of their senses and through the very best way that they can learn – through play!

All of these activities will be developed through close observation and careful planning on the part of the teaching staff. Enrichment activities, field trips, special events, and resource people will enhance their curriculum.

Typical centers include:

  •  Language/Library
  •  Manipulatives
  •  Construction/Blocks
  •  Cooking
  •  Dramatic Play
  •  Outdoor Learning
  •  Art/Creative Expression
  •  Music and Movement
  •  Sensory: Sand and Water

Each child has been created to be a unique and special individual. During the school year, our teaching staff will strive to support and complement the school day. It is our goal to provide extended learning opportunities for your school age child in an environment that is different from school.

During the summer months, this age group will participate in many hands-on activities and experiences that are based on the interests and abilities of these children. The school age program will include math and science, art, cooking experiences, large motor development, social and emotional development, and reading and language development. This active group will go on two or more field trips per week. Some utilize our local bus company and others require the children to walk. These trips offer real-life experiences as well as fun, social outings that keep the kids engaged and active throughout their summer. Enrichment activities, special events, and resource people will enhance their curriculum.

Because we are a faith-based program, the teachers will incorporate Christian songs, stories, finger plays, and lessons into their daily curriculum and interactions. No specific denomination will be designated, nor will theology be explored.

The basic idea that each child is created to be a unique and special individual will be shared, as will the Christian principles of kindness, respect, honesty, acceptance, and individual value. Children will be invited to say a prayer before meals and to participate in Christian holiday celebrations, such as Christmas and Easter.

We welcome all families and children in our program, regardless of their religious beliefs. Everyone is welcome to come; they just need to be able to be comfortable in a Christian environment. No one will be forced to pray, but no one will be discouraged if they choose to join in. We believe that these faith-based principles are a vital part of who we are at Days Gone By.

Nutrition and Physical Activity

Because we believe so strongly in helping children develop to their fullest potential, we have incorporated positive health and nutrition standards into our program. We will do our very best to offer high quality fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and proteins in the meals and snacks that we serve.

Our center participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program through the Department of Public Instruction. Healthy beginnings for all children have become a focus of the State of Wisconsin, and we will do our part to support the teaching of positive, life-long education and skills.

Another component of healthy lifestyles is activity levels. The children in our care, from infants on up, will participate in outside activities each day, two times per day, as long as the weather (and classroom schedules for infants) cooperates. There are fascinating things that children can learn outside and wonderful games that teach social skills. We want your child to experience these things and more. We have developed a beautiful playground that will encourage running, climbing, biking, digging, and creative use of imaginations, just like we used to have in “days gone by”.

(December 2015 Revision)

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Spanish_Form_508_Compliant_6_8_12_0.pdf. y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

(1) Correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; o

(3) Correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.


Online Programs & Tools

LifeCubby

We are proud to institute an innovative new electronic communication system called LifeCubby. LifeCubby allows parents to share notes and updates about their child before arrival and will allow our staff to communicate back with them via app or email.
www.Lifecubby.me

Preschool First

Another electronic program that we use is called Preschool First. This program allows our team to create developmental checklists as well as lesson plans that address the individual growth and development of each child.
www.PreschoolFirst.com


To learn more about our programs and environments, feel free to give us a call today. We look forward to speaking with you!


National Accreditation 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating with Youngstar & Nationally Accredited with N.A.C. (National Accreditation Commissions).