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Child Care Center

Facilities

Capacity

St. Paul's Child Care Center can accommodate a maximum of 44 children divided in the following way:

8 Infants (Children from 6 weeks to 18 months, with a staff ratio of 1/4 infants)

10 Toddlers (Children from 18 months - 3 years, with a staff ratio of 1/5 toddlers)

14 Three Year Olds (with a staff ratio of 1/7 children)

16 Four Year Olds (with a staff ratio of 1/8 children)

Child Care "Without Walls"

During the development of our Child Care Facility, our Philosophy was to create an Open Module Center rather than confining each class to a specific room. In Open Module style, class areas are separated by movable partitions rather than walls. There are a number of reasons why we believe that the "Without Walls" method is the best way to create a child care Program:

Social Awareness: Hearing other children at play, children develop a sense of social awareness of relating to children other than in their family group. We believe that it is a superior way to begin social skills at all age levels. The awareness of a need to fit into a group experience is good preparation for the day they enter formal schooling.

Positive Stimulation: Children frequently attempt to imitate the skills and dexterity of older children. This provides motivation at a level appropriate for their ages.

Team Teaching: Because of easy interaction between staff operating with different groups of children, there can evolve a "Team Teaching" concept in which staff members share their areas of expertise, as well as being available to each other in the event of problems.

Director Supervision: Because the Director's office overlooks the entire facility, she is able to keep careful control on all events taking place in the Center, and can oversee operations on a moment to moment basis if needed.

About Safety

A prime consideration for all parents leaving their children at a Childcare Center is SAFETY. This is a list of the various safety elements which have been built into our Center:

  • A Sprinkler System built to the maximum specifications as required by the Town of Rye Brook, actually exceeding NY State requirements for Fire Protection. Smoke Detectors are positioned thourghout the Center as well.
  • Easy ramp access to the outside in case of Emergency.
  • Specialized emergency cribs so that one Staff Member can exit a number of children at once along the ramp through exit doors.
  • Another advantage of the mobile partitions is that they can be opened quickly in event of emergency.
  • Protocols are in place for transportation of children to Medical Centers in an emergency.
  • Our large Out-of-Doors-Play-area is completely fenced in, and has a poured rubber surface.
  • Access security is maintained by locking all doors to outside visitors during the hours of operation (consistent with Fire Codes), each of which can be easily opened from the inside in the event of an emergency.
  • A Card Access Security system is in place, allowing only parents (or properly designated alternates) and staff to enter the Center during hours of operation.
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