Before and After Care School Programs: Why Consistency Matters

25, Mar 2021

One of the biggest lessons that we learned from 2020 is that life can be unpredictable. There are simply some things that you cannot see coming. All you can do is plan as much as possible and build in flexibility into your life to make it easier to accommodate the unforeseen changes. When it comes to your child’s education, an important part of learning overall is consistency. Children need to be consistently provided with the opportunity to learn and make progress in their learning. A way for you to extend that consistency is to choose before and after care within the same program where your child goes to school. The same environment and same staff can provide consistency even though there are differences between what happens during class and what happens in before and after care. Choosing before and after care that happens at the same location as your child’s school is a way for you to maintain consistency for your child even when change is happening quickly.

Stay in the same physical environment

At Fountainhead Montessori School, you can choose to put your child in before and after care at the same campus where he or she attends school during the day. If you need to, you can drop your child off in the mornings before class begins and have him or her stay for a few hours in the afternoon once class is over. Staying in the same physical environment for school and before and after care can provide your child with consistency. There will be no disruption in the day where your child has to be transported from one location to another. Since the location of before and after care is familiar, your child will not experience the same type of transition that would be necessary if you chose a completely separate before and after care program.

Use the same underlying philosophy 

Another big benefit of choosing before and after care at Fountainhead Montessori School is the fact that the before and after care program operates using the same underlying philosophy as the school. This means that your child’s learning will be reinforced in before and after care in a way that is consistent with how things are done in the classroom. This design creates a seamless transition between class time and before and after care. Your child can continue to learn and explore in alignment with the Montessori Philosophy no matter where he or she is throughout the day.  

Provide flexibility when it is needed

There is no question that choosing before and after care at Fountainhead Montessori School will provide your child with consistency. There are times, however, that your family will require some flexibility when it comes to before and after care. There may be some days or certain times during the year when you need to bring your child in a little earlier or have him or her stay a little later. There is flexibility built into the before and after care program to allow that should your schedule change or vary throughout the year.  

The before and after care program at Fountainhead Montessori School can make life easier for parents and ease transitions for students. You can rest assured that the before and after care program is operated with the same standards that are used in the classroom.

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