Our program is closely attuned to the predictable sequences of normal infant development in the areas of motor skills, language and communication, cognition, and socialization. Our Cherubs enjoy a music class taught by our own music teacher once a week, and play in our "Wiggles and Giggles" room to promote large motor development skills. Because of our low child-to-teacher ratio, plenty of time is allowed for holding and cuddling the children. At pick-up, teachers discuss with parents the foods their child has eaten, how long he or she has slept, his or her disposition and activity level, noted symptoms of illness or discomfort, special experiences during the day, and any extraordinary achievements such as a new word or a first step. We feel it is a great privilege to have the opportunity to share these precious moments with you and your child, so we celebrate milestones together!
Early Walkers are those who are transitioning from infancy into toddler-hood. Our Early Walkers have flexible schedules that include outdoor time, arts and crafts, learning with music, reading, as well as open playtime. This age group begins to explore their world through sensory experiences; they may play in a sand table, play with play dough, create an art project, or engage in various other experiences in which they can touch, smell, or hear. Music is taught weekly by our music teacher who introduces them to rhythm instruments, repetitive songs, classic rhymes, literature, and movement. Early Walkers also enjoy our "Wiggles and Giggles" playroom that encourages large motor development.
Our Toddler programs are designed for children between the ages of 24 to 35 months. Each of Derbyshire’s classrooms has its own bathroom, and for Toddlers, this is ideal for potty training! We maintain parents’ practices regarding potty training. When you think you and your child are ready to begin potty training, we will assist you in accomplishing this skill for your child.
In an effort to prepare children for our preschool program, Toddlers are introduced to center play where they experience learning in a dramatic play area, blocks center, writing table, library area, and experience sensory learning with sand, corn, play dough, etc. Toddlers also enjoy plenty of outdoor time right outside their classroom door with a huge sandbox and riding toys! We also take them to the larger playground that features more climbing equipment as they demonstrate they are ready for a larger outdoor area.
In our Preschool program, the primary emphasis is placed on cognitive skills. Our curriculum concentrates on pre-reading, reading, mathematics, science, creative arts, and music. Spiritual values are strongly promoted through exemplary interaction, prayers before meals, and bi-weekly chapel taught by Elizabeth Tuck, the Children and Families Ministries Director at Derbyshire Baptist Church.
Planned activities are used to reinforce the natural learning that is part of every activity in a child’s day. We encourage each child to learn by doing and experiencing in a safe and well-supervised environment. We use in-house field trips and other special opportunities to extend children’s knowledge of the world around them.
Derbyshire Preschool's Pre-Kindergarten program will prepare a child fully for kindergarten. The curriculum concentrates on reading readiness, mathematics, art, music, science, writing, language development, and dramatic play. Our reading, mathematics, and science programs encourage problem solving, observation, and appreciation of the world around them. Handwriting Without Tears, as well as additional thematic units relevant to this age group are used to teach every class in the preschool. This program is comprehensive and will prepare your child for a successful future.
We are very proud of our art program where each child can be inspired to create their own unique masterpieces. In addition to the art children create daily in classrooms, they are given opportunity learn more about famous artists and places in history.
Music is taught once a week in our by our music teacher who introduces the children to rhythm instruments, songs, classic rhymes, literature, and creative movement. A Fall and Spring Concert is planned for our preschoolers to show off their hard work. Collaboration between classroom teachers and the music teacher creates an environment for expanding their learning through music and reinforcing concepts taught each day.
STEM | Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Program utilizes hands-on activity learning about how things work and also exposing our Preschoolers to computers. The Preschoolers learn to work within small groups to have conversations about what they are experiencing and learning. Each Preschool class comes to the "Learning Lab" to work on their projects.
Our Wiggles and Giggles Room is available to provide additional opportunities for large motor development utilizing various pieces of equipment including balance beams, slides, jumping dots, and large foam blocks. Each of these pieces of equipment is arranged on mats to provide the safe and fun environment for growth and exploration!
We offer after-school programing for 3 year olds and up (potty-trained required) until 1:45 pm.