We’re so proud to announce that the Meadow Creek Young School location has been recognized in the Carroll County Times “Carroll’s Best 2015.” Meadow Creek was awarded an Honorable Mention in the category for “Best Licensed Day Care in Carroll County. Congratulation to the amazing team in Westminster and thanks to all the amazing parents and families that voted for us!
Here’s what one parent had to say about the Meadow Creek Young School:
It has been a joy for us to watch Maddy grow as an individual during her time at The Young School, Meadow Creek. The unique approach to early learning has been a great fit for her personality. The enthusiasm and creativity of the staff have created a true desire to learn for our daughter. She wakes up everyday and can’t wait for her next adventure at school. She loves her teachers, classmates, and the engaging learning environment that The Young School has created. We appreciate all that the school has done for Maddy thus far and look forward to her continued growth.
Consider this. When you go to work every day, do you feel that your workspace is important to your productivity? Chances are the answer is yes. The environment that we work in affects our moods, ability to form relationships, our health and the work that gets produced. A child’s classroom environment is no different.
Studies have shown that children who start attending a child care facility as an infant will spend as much as 12,000 hours in that setting, which is more time that they will spend in both elementary and secondary school. With that being said, the importance of choosing an excellent classroom environment for your child is so important. The right school will maximize their intellectual potential and provide a foundation for the development of their emotional security.
When you are looking for a prospective school, think about these three important elements:
The safety of the classroom. Clearly defined spaces, stable and securely attached furniture and a lack of clutter will allow teachers to interact, observe and challenge your child instead of feeling nervous about safety issues or spending time cleaning up items that were not put away in the right place.
The culture of the classroom. As we mentioned, your child will be spending a lot of time in the facility you choose. Look for cozy and home-like touches that will increase the comfort-level for your child. Some examples include pillows, blankets, curtains and cushions. When you are evaluating the environment, also look at it from a child’s perspective. Are there things that would interest them and keep them engaged?
The space for activities in the classroom. There should be a variety of configurations in the classroom that allow for small group and large group activities, individual time, one-on-one time with the teacher and partner work. Areas designed for reading, playing and doing crafts are a great start.
When your child enters their new learning environment for the first time, they will want to feel safe, comfortable, excited and engaged. If you remember their needs while you are looking for a school, you will make the right decision.