We recognize each child as an unique individual. We seek to provide the most appropriate learning experience for your child by creating an environment that is child-guided and developmentally based. Our program provides children with freedom of choice within structure, which encourages the development of problem-solving skills, self-reliance, and socialization. We believe that play is an important part of a child's day. When children play, they construct their own knowledge of the world, physically, cognitively, socially, and this is the most meaningful type of knowledge. We strive to make our activities meaningful and fun. By observing how and what type of play the children are engaged in, this helps us determine the activities and experiences to offer the children.

Play in Nature  

Our program is Eco-Friendly, so we want to emphasize the importance of children being outdoors so they can understand natural processes, become knowledgeable and appreciative of nature.

 

Some of the things children learn in nature are: Health and well-being, creativity, growth and development, community & sense of place, observation, questioning, listening skills, understanding of natural processes. For example, helping children to understand natural processes could be they plant a seed and it grows to be a vegetable, it will eventually die and then it gets composted. (A way to recycle!) For observation, it is great when the children will observe the humming birds, the ladybugs, the aphids, the butterflies, and the lizards in our gardens. (You can't get that indoors!) And for questioning, they may ask if the caterpillar is going to turn into a moth or a butterfly? Or wanting to plant a seed they found to see if it will grow. ( How exciting when it grows!)

 

      

Watching Humming Birds I planted the bean! Lady Bug Larvae

Physical Play 

Physical movement is part of the foundation of mental and physical growth. Children need opportunities to walk, run, twist, jump, hop, skip, twirl, spin, hang upside down and right side up etc. This helps build the patterns for movement and physical skills which are laid down in the brain. Children need to be offered physical challenges as well as intellectual challenges. They need to take "risks" in the environment, that is not dangerous, but gives them challenges and helps them be engaged and learn from the world around them. 

Rolling in the barrel

 

Eco-Friendly

Tender Care has raised organic garden beds and organic fruit trees. We compost our food scraps in compost bins and through vermicomposting. We also do rainwater harvesting, and use greywater for our trees. We encourage the children to enjoy nature and we try to model positive, earth, water, and air conservation and responsibility.  We qualify  as an Eco-Healthy Child Care through the Children's Environmental Health Network.  And we have off set our carbon footprint by going solar. Our carbonOffset for one of the month's was 1,734 lbs, which has offset the equivalent of 20 trees. 

 

Exploring the worms

Drying the towels

Healthy Meals and Snacks

The children help with preparing meals such as cutting up the ingredients for a salad bar, or help mix and measure the Black Bean soup ingredients. They may   pick some basil from our garden to put on the whole wheat pizza. Some of our organic garden harvests have been; broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, nectarines, tomatoes, peaches, carrots, blackberries, pole runner beans, dinosaur kale, artichokes, brussel sprouts, cucumbers, strawberries, passion fruit, and apples! We provide whole foods that are minimally processed and mostly organic, and strive to follow the the Environmental Working Group, "Shoppers Guide To Pesticides in Produce." When we use animal products we look for the "humanely treated/raised" products. The snacks and Meals are served family style. The children put any left over food on their plate in the food scrap container for composting and place their dishes in the dishwasher. After lunch they brush their teeth.

 

Putting food scraps in container Picking a peach Salad bar
 
 

What the parents are saying

  • As a nutritionist working in early child development, making sure that children have access to nutritious foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, is my first priority. Providing children with a wide variety of fresh, healthy food is the best way to ensure that they get all the nutrients they need for optimal growth and development. At Tender Care Eco Friendly Pre-School & Child Care, Judy Randant does more than offer a variety of nutritious foods. She encourages the children in her care to try new foods in a fun and comfortable way, engages the children in activities that help them understand how fruits and vegetables grow in her garden, and keeps them interested with creative food projects. Meals are served family style so that children can decide which foods they will try during a meal and when they are full, helping to foster a positive, healthy, and nutritious mealtime experience.

    Keturah S.
    CDA Nutritionist
    Happy Parent
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