Welcome to Tender Tots Child Care Center
Are you looking for a clean, safe, nurturing environment for your young child? Parents of children ages 0-6, we know nothing else!
At Tender Tots, we provide fun and stimulating children’s’ daycare and pre-school services. We have two, beautiful locations in the Bronx. Our dedication and round-the-clock effort towards the development of young children in our program is absolute!
If you are you looking for a clean, safe, nurturing environment for your young child, come join us at Tender Tots – you and your child will be thrilled with what you will find!
At Tender Tots, we provide fun and stimulating children’s daycare and pre-school services for children ages 0 – 6. We have two, beautiful locations in the Bronx. Our dedication and round-the-clock effort towards the development of young children in every stage of childhood is absolute!
Child Care Educational Programs
Infant Program (Ages 0 – 2)
At Tender Tots we strive to provide the highest level of care for our infants. We understand that our care impacts all areas of their early and later development. We work to ensure that all of our infants make all of their developmental milestones, and that we provide the basis for their social and emotional development. These early relationships between the caregiver and the child, set the stage for the child’s emotional well- being and social relationships in the later stages of life.
One of the most important ways to ensure that a child is on the right track for development, is to make each baby feel as secure and loved as when they are with their Mother. Studies show that when babies are held and feel loved, they develop into more stable and confident adults. Our teachers spend time holding and cuddling babies to ensure they get the physical contact that is so vital to the well-being of the infants.
As the infants grow older, teachers spend time developing gross motor skills, fine motor skills, speech skills, feeding skills, cognitive skills, and sensory skills. Activities include singing, playing with puppets, dancing, and tummy-time. Infants become aware of other people, and move on to imitating hand and facial gestures, making animal sounds and saying the names of family members.
Our teachers also focus on the fine and gross motor development of each child which are essential elements in the development of children. Gross motor skills involve the development of muscles that will enable babies to hold their head up, sit, crawl and eventually walk, run, and jump. Fine motor skills refer to the small movements of the hands, wrists, fingers, feet, toes, lips, and tongue. By focusing on these skills, children not only strengthen their muscles and improve coordination, they learn concept and how to play together.
At Tender Tots, your baby’s health is of the utmost importance. All teachers and visitors are required to put on shoe covers before entering the infant room. Changing tables are equipped with changing table paper to ensure that each baby is changes in a sanitary environment and all toys are sanitized daily. In addition, each baby has their own state of the art crib, where they can sleep peacefully, away from the distractions of the other babies.
Toddler Program (Ages 2 – 3)
Our toddlers are offered a variety of opportunities to explore their world through play. Gross motor and social skills are developed through both structured and unstructured play. Their days are filled with music, art, dance, story times and more.
Our toddlers are offered many opportunities to explore and learn about the world around them. We have a variety of costumes for “dress up time” which helps develop our little learners’ imagination. We also have top quality play kitchens, food and dishes for imaginative play.
The importance of developing gross motor skills at this age cannot be overstressed. These skills are developed through both structured and unstructured play. Children are given the opportunity to run, jump and play during outdoor recess time.
Our toddlers’ fine motor skills are developed to their fullest with unique arts and crafts projects created by the teachers. We use the most colorful and up to date supplies available on the market to make each project both a learning experience and fun for the kids. In addition, each classroom has their own extensive collection of lego, magna tiles and other building toys in order to strengthen the toddlers’ fine motor skills.
Preschool (Ages 2 – 4)
At Tender Tots we believe that each child is created with a unique set of talents and personality traits. It is our goal to find the individuality of each child and help them reach their greatest potential. Our ultimate goal is to build a solid academic foundation for school and to instill in each child a love for learning. The right education in pre-school is essential to building strong students at age seven, eight and beyond.
Although it may seem like fun and games to preschoolers, the curriculum we follow is packed with educational elements. Games teach pre-reading skills like phonemic awareness and letter and sound recognition, basic math concepts, and hands-on science exploration. We strive to integrate the use of technology with our lessons.
There are seven learning styles that we focus on visual (spatial): using pictures, images, and spatial understanding, aural (auditory-musical): using sound and music, verbal (linguistic): using words, both in speech and writing, physical (kinesthetic): using your body, hands and sense of touch, logical (mathematical): using logic, reasoning and systems, social (interpersonal): learning in groups or with other people, solitary (intrapersonal): prefer to work alone and use self-study.
No student uses one style exclusively, but rather a variety of modalities. Knowing a child’s preferred learning style is important. Our teachers work hard to teach to your child’s preferred learning style, offering greater opportunities for learning, while at the same time decreasing frustration and maximizing on your child’s learning potential.
One of the most important aspects of early childhood education, is a child’s social-emotional development. Pre-school is the optimal age for a child to be taught social skills. We place a strong emphasis on confidence,
cooperation, curiosity, and communication. The best way to learn these skills are through play. A structured play environment, allows a child to think, problem-solve and use their imagination-all key elements of life and work. Activities include dramatic play, block-building, and literature/music experiences. Our number one goal is to provide learning that is not only fun, but meaningful.
Warm-weather days are full of opportunities for growth. Outdoor playtime, complete with balls and other outdoor equipment is allotted in the children’s daily schedule in order for them to benefit from the fresh air and exercise that outdoor play provides.
UPK Program (Ages 4 – 5)
We are thrilled with the implementation of our new UPK classrooms at Tender Tots 137 St. for this new school year. After a rigorous application process, Tender Tots has been assigned 54 full day student slots for the 2015/2016 school year. This is in addition to the 54 existing slots we currently have at our Tender Tots Decatur location.
In the UPK classrooms, students are educated with the NYC Board of Education approved Creative Curriculum, focusing on the Common Core along with the Teaching Strategies Gold assessment tool, which helps ensure a seamless transition into Kindergarten following graduation from Tender Tots.
A strong emphasis is placed on literacy, phonemic awareness, beginning writing skills, math, and science. We implore a wide variety of educational tools, materials, and technology to keep children engaged and learning. The classroom enviornment contains learning centers, that are based upon the student’s interests. The centers provide an opportunity for the students to practice hands-on skills while involved in positive social interaction. The curriculum themes are implemented into the centers to further engage the students and provide additional opportunities for continued learning.
Physical fitness is imperative for educational success. Outdoor playtime is scheduled daily to promote daily exercise. Coordination is improved with the use of balls, jump ropes and other outdoor play equipment.
Afterschool (Ages 5-12)
Our School-Age After School Program is now open.
School Age children arrive at Tender Tots after they finish their school day, and they enjoy a nutritious snack upon arrival. They have the opportunity to their homework in a group setting, with a Teacher giving individualized attention to every child. Special activities such as art, games, and free play are part of their daily and weekly schedules. This program is available at our Decatur Ave. location.
Upon arrival, school age children are treated to a nutritious snack. After they have relaxed a little, they begin homework time. At home, there are often many distractions which prevent children from completing their homework. When children are part of our special after school program, they have the opportunity to complete their homework in a group setting without those distractions. Often children need assistance with homework that a parent may not be able to provide. At our center, the teacher gives individualized attention and assistance to every child.
Special activities such as art, games and free play are part of their daily and weekly schedules. This program is available only at our Decatur Ave. location.
We provide Speech Therapy and other therapies at our centers for children that require it in collaboration with TenderCare Therapy Services .
We are pleased to partner with Hosh Kids of hoshkids.org for all our music, yoga, and movement activities. Children are introduced to a variety of songs, dances and musical activities focusing on singing and keeping a steady beat to enhance timing, coordination and listening skills. Concepts such as high and low, loud and soft, up and down are taught in a game-like atmosphere. Instruments are used alongside puppets, stories and colorful props to make music exciting and fun. In yoga and aerobics class children are introduced to a variety of poses that help stretch their muscles, center themselves through balance and a variety of different activities that enhance their overall development.
Music and Movement(kiss)
Children are introduced to a variety of songs, dances and musical activities focusing on singing and keeping a steady beat to enhance timing, coordination and listening skills. Concepts such as high and low, loud and soft, up and down are taught in a game-like atmosphere. Instruments are used alongside puppets, stories and colorful props to make music exciting and fun.
Yoga and Aerobicsn
Children are introduce to a variety of poses that help stretch their muscles, centers themselves through balance and a variety of different activities that enhance their overall development. The class is filled with music and movement, hands-on stretching and animal yoga which promote body awareness and motor coordination. Age and developmentally appropriate props, instruments and toys present sensory integration and add to the yoga fun.