Curriculum

CMDN1The Creative Curriculum is the Nursery’s framework for planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate program for your child.  Its effectiveness in helping children acquire social competence and the skills they need to succeed as learners has been well documented by Teaching Strategies©  since the curriculum’s inception in 1978.

The most important goal of our early childhood curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners.  This means supporting and encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try their ideas and to think their own thoughts.  We help children become independent, self-confident and inquisitive learners.  We are encouraging them to learn at their own pace and in the ways that are best for them at each stage of development.  We support good habits and attitudes, particularly a positive sense of self, which will make a difference throughout their lives.

The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule, and interact with children, are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful.

Our curriculum identifies goals in all areas of development:

Social/Emotional Developing a positive sense of self, relating to others, and respecting differences; learning responsibility and taking ownership for actions; understanding empathy and community
Physical Developing gross motor control (large muscle groups such as arms and legs); refining fine motor control (coordinating hand and wrist movements).
Cognitive Developing learning and processing skills including problem solving, logical thinking, and eventually symbolic thinking
Language Expressing oneself with words, developing vocabulary and the ability to participate in conversation (listening and speaking); beginning to understand written words through reading, writing and music

We believe that many issues are prevented because the classroom environment is carefully planned. However, some issues must be dealt with immediately. Our ultimate goal in handling guidance/behavior issues is to help children become aware of their own actions, how those actions affect the people and things in their environment, and how the choices they make can help them resolve difficulties and conflicts. We also want children to learn that control comes from within. The staff act as facilitators in helping children find acceptable ways of getting along as a group. We use a number of positive behavior techniques with children. Including giving directions in a positive way, redirecting a child’s behavior and using encouragement. The ultimate goal is for children to be able to regulate their own feelings and behaviors.

Health and Safety Practices

Catherine Morrill Day Nursery adheres to strict health and safety practices.  All staff members receive certified Pediatric First Aid, Pediatric CPR, Medication Administration and blood-borne pathogen training.  The Nursery contracts with Portland Public Health for additional assistance with any childhood illnesses affecting the community at large.
All teachers are trained in proper hygiene practices and regularly perform the following practices:

  • Blankets are washed weekly.  Mats used for resting are sanitized bi-weekly or as needed.
  • All tables surfaces are washed with a disinfectant daily and as needed.
  • Teachers are trained in proper hand washing techniques and reminders are posted throughout the Nursery.
  • Furniture and equipment are washed with disinfectant weekly and as needed.
  • Toothbrushes are also provided and are changed as needed.

Teachers and food service staff wash hands before and after, and in some cases wear disposable gloves during the following activities:

  • Handling food
  • Wiping noses
  • Contact with body fluid and discharges
  • Handling Nursery animals and their equipment
  • Cleaning up after projects

Disinfectant is employed for each of the following:

  • Washing tile floor surfaces
  • Lavatory floors, sinks, and toilets
  • Tables and chairs before and after eating

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