Our Programs Are Based On Active Learning

Orlando Day Nursery’s educational philosophy is based on the belief that young children build or “construct” their knowledge of the world — they are “active learners.” This means learning is not simply a process of adults giving information to children. Rather, children discover things through direct experience with people, objects, events, and ideas. They learn best from pursuing their own interests while being actively supported and challenged by adults. ODN teachers are as active and involved as children in the classroom. They thoughtfully provide materials, plan activities, and talk with children in ways that both support and challenge what children are experiencing and thinking. The goal of promoting active learning is reflected in every aspect of our daily time together.

Active learning has five ingredients which must be present:

MATERIALS

Abundant supplies of interesting materials are readily available to children. Materials are appealing to all the senses and are opening ended — that is, they lend themselves to being used in a variety of ways to expand children’s experiences and stimulate their thought.

MANIPULATION

Children handle, examine, combine, and transform materials and ideas. They make discoveries through direct hands-on and “minds-on” contact with these resources.

CHOICE

Children choose materials and play partners, change and build on their play ideas, and plan activities according to their interests and needs.

CHILD LANGUAGE AND THOUGHT

Children describe what they are doing and understanding. They communicate verbally and nonverbally as they think about their actions and modify their thinking to take new learning into account.

ADULT SCAFFOLDING

“Scaffolding” means adults both support children’s current level of thinking and challenge them. Adults encourage children’s efforts and help them extend or build on their work by talking with them about what they are doing, by joining in their play, and by helping them learn to solve problems that arise.

Our Programs

A baby boy wearing a warm yellow and gray beanie while crawling on the floor at the daycare

EARLY HEAD START

This program is for 6 hours a day. The kids are assigned by 4C teachers must meet special levels of training. EHS pays $36 a day per child that EHS is in session. If the child has an IFSP, 4C pays $41 a day. This program uses the Creative Curriculum which is assigned by EHS.

  • Ages served: 6 weeks to 3 years old

An infant boy smiling while laying on a comfortable baby seat

INFANT

This is our 6 weeks to 8 months or when the infant becomes mobile (pulling up, crawling etc.). This classroom uses the Florida Early Learning and Development Standards and the “Learn Every Day” curriculum (approved by the Florida Office of Early Learning) to guide their planning and teaching.

  • Ages served: 6 weeks to 8 months

A cute little infant girl wearing a yellow dress while giving some of her first steps

OLDER INFANT

This is our 8 months to 15 months room. Most children are walking confidently. This classroom uses Florida Early Learning and Development Standards and the “Learn Every Day” curriculum (approved by the Florida Office of Early Learning) to guide their planning and teaching.

  • Ages served: 8 months to 15 months

A toddler sitting by a table focused on a school task

TODDLERS

This is our one year old room. This classroom uses the Florida Early Learning and Development Standards and the “Learn Every Day” curriculum (approved by the Florida Office of Early Learning) to guide their planning and teaching.

  • Ages served: 15 months to 2 years old

An Orlando Day Nursery teacher instructing her classroom into a fun and education project

EARLY PRESCHOOL

This is our two year old room. This classroom uses the Florida Early Learning and Development Standards and the “Learn Every Day” curriculum (approved by the Florida Office of Early Learning) to guide their planning and teaching.

  • Ages served: 2 years old to 3 years old

A group of preschool kids playing and smiling

PRESCHOOL

This room serves both 3 and 4 year olds. The 4 year olds are the children who did not make the September 1st cut off to begin VPK. This classroom uses the Florida Early Learning and Development Standards and the “Learn Every Day” curriculum (approved by the Florida Office of Early Learning) to guide their planning and teaching.

  • Ages served: 3 and 4 years old

A group of young kids playing together with their hands while sitting on the carpet with a colorful periodic table design

VPK

These classrooms are our Voluntary Pre-kindergarten classrooms. They use the Florida VPK Standards and multiple curriculum resources all approved by the Florida Office of Early Learning curriculum to guide their planning and teaching.

  • Ages served: 4-5 years old

A couple of young boys smiling while standing in the middle of the playground at Orlando Day Nursery

KINDERGARTEN

This program is under our private school license through the Orange County Private School sector. The program is 6.5 hours a day for 180 days per year following the OCPS calendar. The program’s instruction is standards-based and data-driven using the Florida Standards for Kindergarten and multiple curriculum resources.

  • Ages served: 5-6 years old

Two of Orlando Day Nursery's little girls smiling at the camera in the school's playground

OUT OF SCHOOL

This program provides care for children before and after school, during school vacations/holiday breaks and summer camp. We use literacy spring break and themes during the summer that integrate reading, writing, science, math and the arts. During the summer, we take the children on nearby fields trips such as the History Center, Lake Eola Park, the Pottery Studio and more.

  • Ages served: 5-12 years old

A young boy playing with blocks while smiling and sitting on the floor close to another boy

A PLACE FOR CHILDREN

This program is located at the Orange County Courthouse and provides services for parents with courthouse business on a drop-in basis.

  • Ages served: 1-13 years old

An Orlando Day instructor teacher her young pupils how to do some drawings on paper

CONSCIOUS DISCIPLINE

Orlando Day Nursery is in the foundational stage of a three year implementation process of Conscious Discipline, a research- and evidence-based, trauma-informed social-emotional framework.

  • Ages served: All

China Patrick with her young son learning and playing in a classroom at Orlando Day Nursery

PARENT SERVICES

Orlando Day Nursery offers a varied amount of services to our parents. We hold trainings; provide crisis management, referral and resources for any needs that arise.

  • Ages served: All parents

ENROLL YOUR LITTLE LOVED ONE WITH US

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