Philosophy and Curriculum

Fostering a Love of Learning

Ages 6 months through Pre-K

Philosophy

Derbyshire Preschool is a developmental program that nurtures children’s social-emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual, and creative development. We strive to provide a loving and nurturing environment for children, parents, and staff wherein they can experience love, trust, acceptance, and achievement.  Our goal at Derbyshire Preschool is to lay a foundation for a life-long love of learning, and to partner with families in the development of their children.

Curriculum

Our curriculum at Derbyshire Preschool is designed to actively engage children in hands-on, multi-sensory activities that are meaningful to them in their different stages in development. Developmentally-appropriate practice emphasizes that activities should be both challenging and achievable for children.

 We use the award-winning, research-based Handwriting Without Tears curriculum for 2 year olds - PreKindergarten.  Children are also introduced to "Mat Man," a fun character who teaches them key school readiness concepts in math, reading and writing using exciting fun music, manipulatives, and books. Strong literature provides the foundation for carefully planned activities that are often done in small groups where children have the opportunity to explore specific concepts with their teacher and peers.

We believe that play should be the center of a well-balanced curriculum, and provide children the opportunities to develop the necessary skills and knowledge essential for later school success -- opportunities for conflict resolution, problem solving, enhancing pro-social behaviors, and developing processing skills.

Our Staff

The teachers at Derbyshire Preschool are selected on the basis of classroom educational experience as well as personality, love for children, and ability to work effectively with young children. Our highly qualified staff is both experienced and well-educated, many having their Masters in Education.  The curriculum is guided by their thorough understanding of how children learn and develop both intellectually and socially.

Classrooms

Classrooms are designed to meet the specific needs of each child. Our school has many classrooms for the children to explore, including an art room and STEM Lab, music room, large room for indoor recess and sports, a bike hall, and a "Wiggles and Giggles" room for our little Cherubs.