At Pinehurst, we believe that children learn best when they are loved, respected, and appreciated. If children are short-changed in self-esteem, we know their development will suffer. Therefore, at the heart of our program is a philosophy that respects the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each child, staff, and family member. We recognize childhood as a valuable stage of the human life cycle, and provide a safe environment for children socially, emotionally, and physically.
We base our work with children on the knowledge of child development theories and research, and we know that children learn best through play. We also believe that children are best understood in the context of family, culture, and society. Our program seeks to provide an environment rich in materials and props that support children's interests and foster a delight in learning. Through our activities and interactions, we nurture each individual child to help continue to a growing positive self-concept and self-identity.
Brain development research shows that positive, supportive relationships are essential during the earliest years of life. We believe that children achieve their fullest potential through caring, stable relationships with teachers; based on trust, respect, and positive regard from infancy through childhood.
OUR PROGRAM & ENVIRONMENT
We expect learning and cooperating, and arrange our program and environment accordingly. Our curriculum is diverse and culturally rich, providing for physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth. Our classrooms are designed to be orderly and inviting with space for large and small group activities. Individual quiet areas are also available. We have the use of a large indoor play area as well as an outdoor play area.
Because we continually strive to provide high quality care for your child, we evaluate our program each year, assessing our strengths and targeting areas for improvement. Each year, we send a parent questionnaire home for your feedback. We appreciate your continued insight, and see this as a way for parents to directly influence the quality of the programs at Pinehurst Child Care Center.
To provide an emotionally supportive and nurturing environment for all children in our care.
To help each child reach maximum self-expression in the areas of intellect, creativity, self-esteem, and self-reliance.
To provide an anti-bias, culturally relevant environment for each child that reflects a respect for individual and cultural differences.
To provide activities which teach non-violence and enhance each child's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.
To create a positive and mutually supportive working relationship with the families of the children in our care.
To encourage and promote a self-directed staff who work well together as a team.
To promote continual staff development based on self and professional development.