Our Day

Our children arrive at Estes Children's Cottage and have time to settle into their exploration of the indoor environment as they experiment with the materials and provocations we have set out for them. We take time to gather as a community each morning, enjoying songs, stories and finger plays together.

We offer breakfast through our Healthy Meals program each morning.

We spend time outside every day, exploring our garden, taking outings into the community & playing amidst nature.

Children and teachers gather together for lunch, provided through the SpoonFULL program.

Meal time is not only an opportunity to nourish our bodies, but it is also a time for children and teachers to socialize and enjoy each other's company. Teachers facilitate conversations and model interactions. Meal time also provides opportunities for children to learn independence by helping to set and clean up the table, serve their own food and pour their own drinks. Setting the table and serving food also facilitate the development of basic math skills as children put out one napkin per child or count one spoonful of food.

After a full morning of learning and fun, we take time to slow our bodies down and prepare for nap or rest time.

We know we will wake up full of energy and ready to take on the afternoon!

We end our days by sharing a snack together outside and taking time to further explore our environment, both indoors and outdoors. When families arrive at the end of the day, we say good bye for now, and look forward to another day together at Estes Children's Cottage.