Our Approach

Play is Children’s Work

The Sutterville philosophy of “Play is children’s work” emphasizes a relaxed, stress-free atmosphere. Through creative and imaginative play, children learn about themselves, their environment and other people. Our program endeavors to help children develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually through activities that require both individual and group participation. The flexible program structure offers a wide variety of “play” and other learning experiences to stimulate and support your child’s development.

The guidance that we offer our Participating Parents really highlights the overall approach we use in the classroom and when dealing with your children. Some of the key messages are:

Give the children as much freedom as possible to explore their environment and relationships to others while supervising closely to ensure no harm is done to themselves or others.

Understand and respect that children are individuals and that some are “slower to warm up” than others. We encourage children to participate, but do not force them; they will participate when they are ready.

Encourage children to work out their differences with words and compromise. Coping skills are essential for all children to learn during preschool and carry with them throughout their lives.

Always be aware of positive role modeling in your language, attire, mannerisms and tone of voice.

Our classroom philosophy and overall approach to our interactions with our students will provide your child with confidence and a love of learning that is essential for years of future success in the classroom.