Our Purpose at Down on the Farm
Developmentally Appropriate Practices
At Down on the Farm, it is our goal to provide a learning environment that supports children to develop skills necessary to construct their own knowledge, prepare them for the next stage of development and encourage them to become life-long learners.
We support Developmentally Appropriate Practices which means that our curriculum meets the cognitive, emotional and physical needs of children based on child development theories and observations of children’s individual strengths and continuing areas of progress. We believe that through daily observations of the children’s interests and development we can plan our curriculum to be intentional and purposeful with a goal in mind. This practice provides a rich learning environment where children become interested and engaged in learning. We utilize open-ended, real materials that children can manipulate in a hands-on experience. This encourages children’s curiosity and supports them to take risks that lead to new skill development.
Here at DOTF we provide plenty of opportunities for the children to explore the outdoors. We believe that being outdoors is vital to the health and well-being of children. We offer real-life experiences: feeding and taking care of the farm animals, nature walks, gardening and pond life. We use the outdoors as our Science lab. Our many adventures outdoors play a big role in our Preschool and Child Care Centers.
Down on the Farm welcomes ALL children and families, and values the opportunity to serve children who are typically developing alongside children with disabilities or with other special needs. Our goal in this regard is to provide opportunities for all children to fully and actively participate in the early childhood program which we offer.
Down on the Farm recognizes and values the fact that children in our care come from a great many different cultural and societal backgrounds. We believe that part of our objective as early childhood educators is to respect and nurture the differences among us, even as we celebrate our commonalities. In so doing, we pledge to create and maintain an environment for children and families that honor diverse cultures, traditions and heritage.
We believe a strong partnership with families is essential to the success of each child. Taking the time to communicate with families is important to us and we do so in a variety of ways such as daily report sheets, emails, texting, the Brightwheel App, phone calls and face-to-face conversations. We welcome parent visits anytime and encourage parent comments, suggestions and volunteer time. We value the insight and input of our families.
Down on the Farm Preschool and Child Care
Farley Baby House
M-36 Preschool & Childcare
Monday - Friday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM