Inquiring Minds Daycare is located in North Kansas City, MO. I’m just outside of Gladstone at Highway 169 and 68th St. The areas in our home are child-proofed and safe, well lit with lots of educational toys and activities for structured and unstructured play. I offer a fun preschool curriculum consisting of activities designed by both Kids Learning for Life, Sicily’s Heart & Home, Little Stars Learning, 3 Dinosaurs, No Time for Flashcards and my own. Activities include outside activities, STEAM activities, floor activities, and circle time activities, arts and crafts, reading, and movement. For infants, I follow suggestions from “How Smart is Your Baby” by Glenn and Janet Doman. My goal is to help prepare your child for starting school and life while having fun in a safe environment full of love.
The daycare is located in our front living area. There is a large window that is open during the day for maximum daylight. This room does not, and will not, have a TV. In the entry there are hooks for bags and coats for each child as well as our parent board. There are also hanging files with your child’s artwork for the day as well as their daycare forms.On the Parent Board you’ll find:
- Weekly Meal Plan
- Any upcoming special dates for the year
- The month’s curriculum themes
The play area is well organized with many shelf’s of educational toys. I have a reading area that the kiddos all LOVE to sit and read.The room is setup in semi-centers. This arrangement allows the children to make independent choices and work on fundamental skills. I take pride in maintaining a well organized, clean and safe home.
- Dramatic Play
- baby strollers
- cash registers
- dress up
- Art Corner
- crayons and markers
- coloring books
- crafting supplies such as googly eyes, stickers, and scissors
- Reading Nook
- Infant toys
- These are spread throughout the playroom. I like to give the infants tummy time or let them sit in my lap while the older kids and I play. This gives them lots of interaction and teaches the older kids to share and be gentle.
- Block Center
- Multiple types of blocks and building toys are found on the large storage wall and throughout the room.
- Legos, waffle blocks, Froogs, Gears, wooden blocks
- Lots and lots of cars!
- We have 3 different carpets with car tracks
- Dinosaur car track, Pet house car track, Police Station car track and a Mountain car track are all available for playing
Nap time is setup in the playroom. Cots are stored in the entry closet. The children get their own cots, blankets and pillows before nap then put them away after napping.
From the kitchen stove and sink I can see just about every space in the daycare room or the family room. While I make meals, the children will be allowed to watch one 30-minute educational show, have free play in the play room, or assist me with various meal prep tasks.
All meals are eaten in the kitchen at a child height table. I also love to do messy learning and sensory activities in the kitchen.
This room is not necessarily part of the daycare but also not off-limits to the children. It is the only room on our main floor that hosts a television. The children will be invited into the room to watch one 30-minute educationsl show while I prep meals. The family room is also how we access the backyard for outdoor play.
All 4 of the rooms on the main floor are connected. The entries to each room make a large circle. It is immense fun to run the circle as an obstacle course or to use the route for other gross motor activities. I keep a clear path for running circles. Running between the rooms is allowed and even encouraged but limited as a group activity.
The bathroom is located up the stairs off the entry. We will have frequent bathroom breaks throughout the day, every 2 hours or as needed. Potty training chairs are easily accessible. The other rooms upstairs are blocked off with a baby gate.
Our outdoor space has a fence. It is still in progress as it needs gates on both sides. Children are never outside without supervision and are taught to play within my view.We have several push toys such as lawn mowers and rider toys available. We have 2 play houses a sandbox and lots of yard. The children love taking the cars down the hill or rolling down the hill. I setup 2×4’s sometimes for balance beams, jumping and any other imaginative play they can think of.
We have a large open space that is perfect for getting out our toddler pool and sprinklers as well as to encourage running play.
Outside we have a garden. I encourage the children to assist with the garden. We plant seeds, watch them grow, water the plants, weed, then get to pick the fruits of our labor. It’s truly incredible to plant a seed and to have growth appear after only a couple of days. I love watching the kids pick tomatoes from the garden for their snack or lunch. They absolutely LOVE it. Sometimes we just walk around and smell the plants.